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Juz’la, Tainted One

A Tainted One
A Tainted One

As a Mid-Level Character

As Juz'la continually proved herself worthy of the most difficult missions, Zstulkk Ssarmn entrusted her with greater responsibilities -- and correspondingly more of his own secrets. The crux of her career occurred when Ssarmn sold her to the House of Cyric, the mad god's major temple in Skullport. Ssarmn had powerful enemies within the church of Cyric, and believed Juz'la was the key to eliminating their threat forever.

While posing as a mere slave in the House of Cyric, something occurred that neither Juz'la nor Zstulkk Ssarmn could possibly have predicted: Juz'la had a profound religious experience, and became a devout follower of Cyric. She confessed her mission to the clerics of the temple and offered to become a double agent. The clerics agreed, though they doubted Juz'la's sincerity and were ready to destroy her at the slightest misstep. To their surprise, she turned out to be as valuable to them as she had been to Zstulkk Ssarmn.

As a 7th-level character, Juz'la remains a slave within the House of Cyric, actively working for the temple against her former mentor.

Juz'la, tainted one (yuan-ti) Rog2/Sor5: CR 8; Medium-Size Monstrous Humanoid; HD 2d6+4 (rogue) plus 5d4+10 (sorcerer); hp 38; Init +6; Spd 30 ft.; AC 14 (flat-footed 12, touch 12); Atk +6 melee (1d6/18-20, +1 rapier) or +7 ranged (1d4/19-20, mw hand crossbow with mw bolts); SA Psionics, poison bite, sneak attack +1d6; SQ Poison immunity, mental resistance, evasion; SR 14; AL CE; SV Fort +3, Ref +6, Will +5; Str 8, Dex 14, Con 15, Int 12, Wis 9, Cha 16.

Skills and Feats: Bluff +8, Concentration +10, Disable Device +6, Disguise +6, Forgery +6, Hide +7, Innuendo +4, Intimidate +8, Move Silently +7, Open Lock +7, Read Lips +6, Spellcraft +9; Alertness, Dodge, Improved Initiative, Iron Will, Weapon Finesse (rapier)

Psionics (Sp): At will as cast by a 3rd-level sorcerer -- poison (Fort save DC 15), polymorph self (into snake or snakelike forms only) as cast by a 3rd-level sorcerer.

Poison Bite (Ex): Can bite only while grappling an opponent with exposed skin. Fortitude save (DC 13 bite, DC 11 kiss); initial and secondary damage 1d4 temporary Constitution.

Poison Immunity (Ex): Immune to snake venom, including her own poison.

Mental Resistance (Ex): Immune to hold and charm spells.

Spells Known (cast 6/7/5; base DC = 13 + spell level): 0 -- daze, detect magic, mage hand, open/close, ray of frost, read magic; 1st -- change self, comprehend languages, expeditious retreat, spider climb; 2nd -- detect thoughts, misdirection.

Possessions:+2 bracers of armor,+1 rapier, masterwork hand crossbow, 50 masterwork crossbow bolts, 2 potions of cure light wounds, 30 gp.

Familiar -- Jemi, tiny viper: Tiny Magical Beast; HD 1/4d8; hp 19; Init +3; Spd 15 ft., climb 15 ft., swim 15 ft.; AC 20 (flat-footed 17, touch 15); Atk +8 melee (poison, bite); SA Poison; SQ Scent, improved evasion, share spells, empathic link, touch, speak with master; AL N; SV Fort +2, Ref +7, Will +5; Str 6, Dex 17, Con 11, Int 8, Wis 12, Cha 2.

Skills and Feats: Balance +11, Climb +12, Hide +18, Listen +8, Spot +8; Weapon Finesse (bite).

Poison (Ex): Bite, Fortitude save (DC 11), initial and secondary damage 1d6 temporary Constitution.

Use Juz'la in your campaign at these levels:

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