Jiang-Shi Vampire CR 6
EAC 18; KAC 20
Fort +5, Ref +8, Will +9
Defensive Abilities evasion, fast healing 5, prayer scroll; DR 10/magic; Immunities effects from spell gems, undead immunities; Resist cold 10)
XP 2,400 CR Vampire, Jiang-Shi 6 Weaknesses jiang-shi weaknesses
Speed 30 ft.
Melee bite +12 (1d6+8 P) or claw +14 (1d6+8 S plus grab)
Ranged advanced shirren-eye rifle +14 (2d10+6 P) or corona laser pistol +14 (2d4+6 F; critical burn 1d4)
Offensive Abilities debilitating trick, deft claws, drain chi, trick attack +3d8
Str +2, Dex +5, Con —, Int +3, Wis +3, Cha +2
Skills Acrobatics +19, Bluff +19, Disguise +19, Engineering +14, Stealth +14
Languages Common, one additional
Other Abilities hopping gait, operative exploits (debilitating sniper, master of disguise [2/day, 60 minutes or 6 minutes, DC 16]), specialization (spy), unliving
Gear freebooter armor II, advanced shirreneye rifle with 25 sniper rounds, corona laser pistol with 2 batteries (20 charges each)
A jiang-shi can sense the breathing of living creatures. A creature that holds its breath or doesn’t need to breathe cannot be perceived by a jiang-shi’s blindsight.
Deft Claws (Ex)
A jiang-shi’s claw attack has the grab ability and the operative weapon special property.
Drain Chi (Su)
When a jiang-shi succeeds at a grapple combat maneuver, it can drain “chi,” or life energy, by drinking its victim’s breath. A victim must succeed at DC 16 Fortitude save or gain 1 negative level and be staggered for 1d4 rounds.
Hopping Gait (Ex)
A jiang-shi moves by hopping, and its land speed is reduced by 10 feet from its base creature’s speed (this adjustment is already included in the statistics above). A jiang-shi ignores difficult terrain and can’t be tripped.
Other speeds (such as fly and swim speeds) are unaffected by this ability.
Jiang-Shi Weaknesses (Ex)
A jiang-shi is held at bay by cooked rice, mirrors, or ringing a handbell. It must stay at least 5 feet away from the object of its revulsion and cannot touch or make melee attacks against a creature brandishing such an object. Holding a jiang-shi at bay is a standard action. After being held at bay for 1 round, a jiang-shi can attempt a DC 20 Will save at the beginning of its turn to act normally.
Prayer Scroll (Su)
The holographic prayer scroll at a jiangshi’s brow grants immunity to any effects from spell gems or other items that store spells, as if the jiang-shi had unbeatable spell resistance. It also grants the jiangshi fast healing 5 and prevents the jiang-shi from being destroyed. When reduced to 0 Hit Points, a jiang-shi crumbles to dust, but it re-forms in 1 minute with 1 Hit Point in the nearest unoccupied space. Scattering the dust or mixing rice into the dust with a dose of vinegar before the jiang-shi re-forms destroys it permanently.
Organization solitary or cabal (2–8)
Jiang-shis (often called “hopping vampires”) are grotesque undead creatures that drink the breath of the living to feed on their life energy, or “chi.” A creature can become a jiang-shi when its spirit does not depart when the creature dies, instead remaining within the rotting corpse. Eventually, the decomposing body reanimates and the newly risen jiang-shi goes in search of living creatures to feed upon.
A jiang-shi’s appearance depends on both the circumstances of the creature’s death and the state of its corpse at the time of its reanimation. A jiang-shi that fell to its death on a warm, wet world would likely have twisted or broken limbs and be in a state of advanced putrefaction, while one who was killed by laser fire on an airless asteroid in the void of space might exhibit laser burns but manifest no signs of decomposition at all. Regardless of the state of decay, most jiang-shis wear clothing or gear that is out of style, if not completely outdated, due to the fact that it can take decades—or even centuries—before a jiang-shi rises from the dead.
All jiang-shis display a prayer scroll in front of their faces. In ancient, pre-Gap days, these prayer scrolls were handwritten on parchment and affixed to the corpse’s brow with stitches or staples in order to protect the deceased from the ravages of restless spirits. In modern times, holographic prayer scrolls projected in front of a jiang-shi’s forehead have typically replaced the parchment scrolls and protect the jiang-shi’s body from both physical and magical harm. If a jiang-shi’s prayer scroll is ever stolen or destroyed, it loses the defensive benefits granted by the scroll (see above), but the jiang-shi may replace it with a handwritten scroll. This requires a strip of paper or cloth, a writing implement, and 10 minutes of uninterrupted work. Alternatively, a jiang-shi can recreate a holographic prayer scroll by crafting a hybrid holoskin to project the scroll.
Because most jiang-shis become undead only after their corpses have undergone some measure of decomposition, their bodies often display signs of rigor mortis. The rigid inflexibility of a jiang-shi’s muscle tissue makes the creature’s movements especially stiff, and causes the distinctive bouncing gait which gives jiang-shis their colloquial name of hopping vampires. Nevertheless, jiang-shis can be surprisingly nimble in rough terrain, and the stiffness of their joints has little adverse effect in zero gravity.
Jiang-shis are horrified by their own reflections, and the sound of a handbell or the call of a rooster fills them with terror. Cooked rice, which reminds jiang-shis that they are dead and can no longer eat normal food, shames them.
Curiously, uncooked rice and other types of grain (cooked or not) don’t affect jiang-shis at all, though rice mixed with vinegar and the dust of a destroyed jiang-shi prevents that vampire from returning to unlife.
Although they normally try to avoid daylight, jiang-shis suffer no detrimental effects from sunlight and can move around during the day unharmed. Nevertheless, most jiang-shis prefer to operate at night or in darkness, when their more obvious physical traits are not as noticeable to the living among whom they mingle. On the other hand, a glowing holographic prayer scroll can be difficult to conceal in the darkness.
Jiang-shis tend to lead solitary existences, but they are not averse to working with other undead creatures, especially if those undead feed on the flesh of the living, leaving the victim’s chi for the jiang-shi to drain. However, jiang-shis are known to be jealous of blood-sucking vampires because of their ability to create their own undead spawn.
Starfinder Adventure Path #3: Splintered Worlds © 2017, Paizo Inc.; Authors: Amanda Hamon Kunz, with Thurston Hillman, Jason Keeley, and Owen K.C. Stephens.