An Encyclopedia of Fiendish Creatures
A book detailing the nature of the many of the most dangerous of monster races.
It’s a long book, full of a great deal of information about the creatures. Written by the Tiefling researcher Mugwurst the Mad, it serves as a sort of high quality secondary source of information. Sort of like an encyclopedia of fiends. A “Fiend Folio” if you will. It seems to be written from the perspective of one who views such evil creatures as being admirable, to be taken as allies, rather than foes.
Information from Multiple Sources Listed Below (some changes made by me, but credit it due):
THE FOLIO OF FIENDS
BY MUGWURST DIVERRUCK’TEN
(taken from various places online and edited and added to by me)
Crudely carved into the thick waxy cover, under the authors name are the words “I WAS A FOOL, NOW I KNOW THAT I KNOW NOTHING” in the kind of script usually associated with graffiti carved into the walls of bathroom stalls with penknives.
CHAPTER 13: RAKSHASA
“It is said that Rakshasas are born on the Material Plane, but they are not of it. They possess the powers and shapes of fiends, but their fates are inexorably tied to the mortal world, and it is there that they seek to rule. Some believe that they are the reincarnations of manipulators, traitors, and tyrants obsessed with earthly pleasures, and that rakshasas are the embodiment of the very nature of materialistic evil. After dying violent deaths, these spirits are so tied to worldly decadence and selfish concerns that they take shapes that better reflect the baseness of their lives and are reborn as fiends. Thus have sages come to know these beings as the ‘earthbound evils,’ indestructible monsters* of excess created by the cultures of the creatures of the material plane.”
*Please refer to the prologue of this text; “The Fallacy of Fools: Why We are all Deserve to be Monsters.”
THE ANATOMY AND REPRODUCTION OF THE RAKSHASA
“While there are many different castes of rakshasas, from the lowly raktavarna to the powerful maharaja, all Rakshasa are of the same species. The most commonly encountered are not known by any other name—they are more powerful than some members of their kind and less powerful than others, and represent the ideal midpoint between servitor and master. These rakshasas can be recognized by their animal heads (those of great cats, snakes, crocodiles, apes, and birds of prey being the most common) and backward-facing hands. Feral traits and strangely reversed joints are a hallmark of all types of rakshasas, in fact, features that most rakshasas can hide through their supernatural ability to change shapes or by means of powerful illusions.”
“A rakshasa cannot impregnate another of its own kind, and so new rakshasas come into being via the coupling of a rakshasa and a non-rakshasa or, rarely, that of two non-rakshasas. A rakshasa born to non-rakshasa parents generally only occurs when one or both of the parents commits a great evil during the mother’s pregnancy, allowing the disembodied spirit of a previously slain rakshasa to reincarnate into the world by usurping the unborn offspring’s body. Rarely, such blasphemous births afflict good or innocent parents, typically in cases where the parents are exposed to great evils beyond their control. A rakshasa grows to maturity more quickly than a human, and often functions as a full-grown adult earlier than age 14. Despite this quick maturation, a rakshasa can live for 500 years or more before dying, at which point its spirit seeks a new host to be reborn in, continuing the vile cycle of fiendish reincarnation over and over again. A Rakshasa who has taken time to prepare for his death can create an Altar of Rebirth, which will allow it to return in the same form as the destroyed body”
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF A RAKASHASA
“Rakshasas believe that each and every creature in the universe has a proper role to play, and that success comes from understanding one’s position and working to improve it. Rakshasas don’t see castes as good or evil, but rather as purely pragmatic. Creatures of higher caste should be respected for their great power, and those oflower caste should be pressed into willing service to expand the holdings of those of higher castes as their betters seek greater wealth and influence.
There are seven castes in rakshasa society (from lowest to greatest): pagala (traitors), goshta (food), adhura (novices), darshaka (servants), paradeshi (rakshasa-kin), hakima (lords), and samrata (lords of lords). The rakshasa caste system encompasses not just all of rakshasa society, but all of life—although only rakshasas can attain the stations of darshaka and above.*
While rakshasas are forced to admit that the gods have powers greater than their own, most rakshasas scoff at the concept of divinity as a whole. The gods are among the most powerful beings in existence, to be sure, but too many examples of powerful, ambitious, or merely lucky mortals attaining divinity exist for rakshasas to pay religious homage to such creatures. Rakshasas see their own transitions from mortals to otherworldly beings as marks of their own fathomless potential* and their initial steps on the path to godhood. Thus, as a race, rakshasas deny the worship of deities, although they welcome alliances with the servants of such peerlessly potent beings when it serves their purposes."
The skin of a rakshasa is remarkably resistant to physical damage, able to ignore or greatly reduce most weapon attacks. Holy weapons capable of piercing this skin, however, can reach a rakshasa’s vitals and do significant damage. As a result, in lands where their kind are well known, rakshasas take great pains to disguise themselves with magic when they are among enemies."
*One must question why a race that believes so strongly in their own fathomless potential would live in a rigid caste system. This requires more study."
THE POWERS OF THE RAKSHASA
“Due to the fact that Rakshasa never truly die, they often have the memories and abilities of countless centuries long lifetimes. Many are potent spellcasters, and great warriors. Almost all Rakshasa posses the ability to read the minds of lesser creatures around them. In addition, most have the ability to change their shape at will. Masterminds of the highest order, and patient predators to a fault, Rakshasa may spend lifetimes preparing a situation so that their next incarnation may take advantage of it. "