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Obake
This strange looking, little old man walks with a cane. Upon his back is a pulsing hive of wasps, seemingly merged with his flesh.

Obake (CR 2; XP 600)
NE Medium monstrous humanoid
Init +2; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +10
Defense
AC 15, touch 13, flat-footed 12
(+2 Dex, +1 dodge, +2 natural)
hp 22 (4d10)
Fort +1, Ref +5, Will +7
DR 5/magic
Offense
Speed 20 ft.
Melee staff +4 (1d6)
Special Attacks release swarm (wasp swarm)
Statistics
Str 11, Dex 15, Con 11, Int 13, Wis 16, Cha 11
Base Atk +4; CMB +4; CMD 17
Feats Dodge, Mobility
Skills Bluff +4, Disguise +4, Knowledge (local) +5, Perception +10, Sense Motive +7
Languages Common, Giant
Ecology
Environment any
Organization solitary
Treasure standard
Special Abilities
Release Swarm (Su) As a standard action, an obake can release a single wasp swarm from the nest that grows from their back. On subsequent rounds, he must control the actions of the swarm as a move action. If the obake chooses not to use a move action to control the swarm it will become inactive until the obake exerts control again. If the wasp swarm is killed, the obake must wait 24 hours before he can release a new swarm. If the obake is killed, the swarm disperses.

Occasionally, a bitter and jealous oni spirit has different motives than to serve some vague cause of evil, and takes a monstrous, humanoid form on the Material Plane intended to confound and bring pain to weak morals. They are known as obake, sly and dangerous. These perverse spirits take the bizarre form of ragged old men, with a wasp hive on their backs. Some legends say that they emulate an old human from ancient times, whose evil was so selfish and perfect he went on to become a great oni in the afterlife, after being cast by his neighbors into a huge wasp nest.

Deceptively harmless looking at a casual first glance, an obake conceals a deadly menace, in the form of a symbiotic swarm of carnivorous wasps that live within its flesh. Haunters of out-of-the-way places in virtually any setting or environment, these solitary humanoids enjoy luring passers-by to their painful death, whereupon the wasps will consume their flesh, and the cackling “old man” will rob them of trinkets. Obake sometimes appoint themselves ‘guardians’ of old shrines or paths, but seldom have any kind of agenda- they do sometimes have knowledge of an area that might be useful.

On Porphyra
Found from time to time everywhere on Porphyra except, possibly, the Northlands, obake are considered to be harbingers of Kurofu the Shadow, evil Elemental Lord of the air. Whether this is true or not, obake sometimes serve the oni of the Shadowlands in The Last Kingdom, but are prevalent in the Jotun Forest and Giant’s Retreat, where they enjoy baiting the large beings.