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A mighty woman of refined beauty hovers in the air, her skin whorled with blue markings.

Nephlei CR 9

Source Planes of Power pg. 60
XP 6,400
CN Large outsider (air, extraplanar)
Init +4; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision; Perception +16


AC 20, touch 17, flat-footed 16 (+4 deflection, +4 Dex, +3 natural, -1 size)
hp 115 (11d10+55)
Fort +12, Ref +15, Will +13
Immune cold, electricity


Speed 30 ft., fly 40 ft. (good)
Melee +1 shocking burst scorpion whip +12/+7/+2 (1d6+2 plus 1d6 electricity) or slam +14 (1d6+1)
Space 10 ft., Reach 10 ft.
Special Attacks lifeburst
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 9th; concentration +14)
5/day—alter windsAPG (DC 16), fog cloud, frigid touchUM (DC 17), gust of wind (DC 17), obscuring mist
3/day—cloak of windsAPG, lightning bolt (DC 18), river of windAPG (DC 19), wind wall (DC 18) 1/day—ball lightning (DC 19), control winds (DC 20), lightning arcUM (DC 20)


Str 12, Dex 19, Con 20, Int 16, Wis 15, Cha 21
Base Atk +11; CMB +16; CMD 31
Feats Agile Maneuvers, Combat Casting, Flyby Attack, Greater Spell Focus (evocation), Spell Focus (evocation), Weapon Finesse
Skills Acrobatics +18, Bluff +19, Fly +20, Intimidate +19, Knowledge (nature) +17, Knowledge (planes) +17, Perception +16, Sense Motive +16, Stealth +14
Languages Auran, Common, Draconic
SQ crackling whip, unearthly grace


Environment any sky (Plane of Air)
Organization solitary
Treasure standard

Special Abilities

Crackling Whip (Su) A nephlei uses a magical whip fashioned from the essence of the air around her. This functions as a +1 shocking burst scorpion whip (Pathfinder RPG Ultimate Equipment 36), but if it ever leaves the nephlei’s possession, it immediately dissipates back into the air. A nephlei can make a new crackling whip with 10 minutes of work.

Lifeburst (Sp) When a nephlei dies, she releases the electrical energies that she has built up in her body in the form of a lightning bolt. As soon as a nephlei’s hit points are reduced to a negative amount equal to her Constitution score, her Constitution drops to 0, or she is killed outright by a spell or effect, she releases a lightning bolt that deals 9d6 points of damage (Reflex DC 20 half). The nephlei can choose where to aim the bolt as her final act. The bolt disintegrates the nephlei’s body, leaving behind a trace of fine dust. The saving throw DC is Charisma-based.

Unearthly Grace (Su) A nephlei adds her Charisma modifier as a racial bonus on saving throws, and as a deflection bonus to her Armor Class.

Often referred to as cloud nymphs, nephleis are outsiders who resemble those fey, but are formidable and inscrutable in their own right. Nephleis are solitary beings who build complex lairs within towering cloud formations on the Plane of Air. A typical nephlei stands 10 feet tall and weighs approximately 1,000 pounds.