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Chashkeri (the Water Maiden)



This illustration is from my Kickstarter project to create drawings of all of the inimical nonhumans and sea creatures from Professor M.A.R. Barker's wonderful Tékumel (aka Empire of the Petal Throne) role-playing world setting.

"These creatures have the superficial appearance of a lovely dark-haired maiden. They are masters of hypnosis [though this has little or no effect upon the Ahoggyá, Shén, or Tinalíya]. If a victim has been hypnotized, the Chashkéri will try to take him beneath the water to its lair. The victims comrades have a chance to save them, but if this is not done by the beginning of the next combat round the victim drowns. There is a chance that the victim's body will then float up to the surface once more, and if this happens, he can be revivified in the usual way. A victim who is saved by his friends remains dazed for two days and cannot fight or act of his own volition. Although easily slain, the Chashkéri can escape by swimming away to its underwater lair."


Bethorm: the Plane of Tekumel
Role-Play in MAR Barker's Empire of the Petal Throne
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