Ravool, Fiendish Dire Tiger
His eyes shielded from the heat and toxic vapors that rose from the steaming plain of lava, Magoun strode across the barren and hellish landscape. As he carefully made his way down a small blob of recently cooled rock, a strange noise caught his attention. It was a tiny mewling sound, warbling and distorted from the heat. His curiosity piqued, Magoun searched around the rocks to find where it was coming from. He soon found the source: a tiny tiger cub that appeared to have been abandoned by its mother. The monk bent down and picked it up. Inspecting it over, he was caught by surprise when the kitten took a nip at his hand, drawing blood. Magoun's first instinct was to hurl the creature to its death, until he noticed a strange and infernal blaze glowing in the kitten's eyes. He gasped in surprise; finally he had the omen that he had been looking for all these years . . .
Ravool is an abyssal dire tiger and the symbol for a group of evil monks that call themselves the Burning Tigers. To this day, Magoun, the head of the order that discovered the dire tiger, has no idea how the tiger had come to that spot, but sees is at as a sign of fate. Ravool has free reign over the Burning Tiger's monastery, which is located in the same area that he was discovered.
Smarter than a typical dire tiger, Ravool is sly, cruel, and manipulative. He enjoys tormenting prey and instilling fear in the monks that worship him. He is utterly dedicated to Magoun, however, and would never betray him.
Bringing the Parts Together
Ravool may not be feeling well, and Magoun seeks a healer. Should the PCs be in the area, they may encounter the monks who seek a good healer and discover themselves in the monastery before they realize what is happening. Another way to integrate Ravool into the campaign is to have him roam the area and seek the PCs out in a game of cat-and-mouse.
Coming in Part 4 of the Monks of the Burning Tiger
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