Young Kiros

Author of Sedition

Young Kiros was an idealistic revolutionary whose unjust actions against a king cost him dearly. Kiros grants power to those who wish to crusade for equality.

Summoning Rules

Spirit Level: 8th
Constellation: Thief
Binding DC: 29
Totems: You gain a totem bonus on the spirit’s binding check if you meet some or all of these conditions.

  • You are younger than the Middle Age category or have a Charisma score of 24 or better.
  • You use the head of a monarch or ruler in your ritual.
  • At least seven people view Kiros’s manifestation.

Ceremony: You place a shrunken head into a jar of sweetened water.
Manifestation: The head’s eyes and mouth open, speaking naively of high-minded philosophical goals before breaking down into tears and begging you to continue Kiros’s quest for equality for the common folk.

Legend

During a time of troubles and hardship, a young man named Kiros united the lower class citizens of a forgotten city-state together against their king. Kiros was a man of sweet words and was able to infiltrate the aristocracy. When the king learned of the revolution, he ordered Kiros’s followers rounded up one by one, until even Kiros himself was brought before the king for judgment. As punishment, the revolutionists were beheaded, their heads magically kept alive and shrunken into a feebleminded husk on display in the king’s palace. Though few scholars claim to know exactly what caused Kiros to become a spirit, the folktale versions of the tale claim that the gods punished Kiros and his followers for trying to use lies and treachery to unseat a man given the divine right to rule.

Granted Abilities

Major Granted Abilities

  • Shrink Head: As a standard action, you deliver a dreadful curse as part of a touch attack. If it hits, the creature must succeed on a Will save or have their Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma permanently reduced by 2d6 (minimum 1). In addition, the creature’s head shrinks to half its size, causing any magic items worn on its head to fall to the ground in its space. A creature with a shrunken head is not affected by additional uses of this ability. Spells that heal ability damage do not remove this penalty. Only break enchantment or similar magic can undo a shrunken head. After using this ability, it becomes expended for 5 rounds.
  • Capstone Empowerment: A creature that succeeds on its saving throw against shrink head suffers 1d4 points of ability damage to its Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma. Multiple instances of this ability do no stack for the same target.

Minor Granted Abilities

  • Fate’s Whisper: You can use the sending spell at will. You can choose to relay a curse along with your message, chosen from the following list of spells: confusion, contagion, bestow curse, poison, or suggestion. Use your binder level as your caster level for these effects. A creature can only be the target of one of these curses each day, regardless of success or failure on its saving throw.
  • Off with Their Head: You can make a ranged touch attack against a foe within 60 feet. If you hit, the target suffers 1d10 slashing damage + 1½ your Charisma modifier. On a critical hit, the target has a chance to lose its head, as if it were struck by a vorpal weapon.
  • Noble Tongue: You gain an insight bonus on Bluff and Knowledge (nobility and royalty) checks equal to ½ your binder level. You can make these checks untrained.
  • Undetectable Presence: You become almost impossible to detect with magic. You gain a constant nondetection effect, your alignment cannot be discerned through magical means, and charm and compulsion spells and spell-like abilities do not work on you. Moreover, spells and spell-like abilities that attempt to read your thoughts are foiled.

Signs and Influence

Physical Sign: You acquire an attractive, adolescentlike appearance appropriate for your race. Whenever you activate one of Kiros’s granted abilities, your eyes twinkle wildly with starlight.
Personality: You become hopelessly idealistic.
Favored Ally: Any (creatures with levels in commoner)
Favored Enemy: Any (creatures with levels in aristocrat)

Vestigial Companion

You gain a human male with the youth template as a cohort as if you possessed the Leadership feat. This character represents Kiros and has all of his or her levels in the adept NPC class. This ability replaces off with their heads.

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