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Balisse (Confessor Angel)

Balisse Creature8

NG Medium Angel Celestial

Senses Perception +18 (+20 to detect lies and illusions); darkvision

Languages Celestial, Draconic, Infernal; tongues

Skills Acrobatics +14, Diplomacy +17, Religion +18

Str +5, Dex +2, Con +4, Int +1, Wis +6, Cha +5

Items +1 Striking scimitar

AC 26; Fort +16, Ref +12, Will +18; +1 status to all saves vs. magic

HP 145; Weaknesses evil 10; Resistances fire 15

Confessor’s Aura (aura, divine, enchantment, mental) 20 feet. Creatures in the balisse’s aura are subject to zone of truth (DC 23). Additionally, if these creatures choose to honestly express their own conflicted feelings, the aura makes it easier for them to put words to those feelings.

Speed 30 feet, fly 40 feet

Melee [one-action] flaming scimitar +20 (fire, forceful, good, magical, sweep), Damage 2d6+8 slashing plus 1d6 fire and 1d6 good

Divine Innate Spells DC 26

4th divine wrath, heal, paralyze, remove curse, remove disease; 3rd remove fear (at will); 2nd invisibility (at will, self only); 1st detect alignment (at will, evil only)

Divine Rituals DC 26

angelic messenger, atone, geas

Brand of the Impenitent [two-actions] (curse, divine, evocation)

Frequency once per day; Effect The balisse marks an evil creature within its confessor’s aura as irredeemable. It can only do so after a failed attempt to convince the creature to repent. The touched creature takes a -1 status penalty to AC and saves, reduces its resistances by 2, and gains weakness 2 to good damage. The duration depends on the target’s DC 26 Will save.

Critical Success The creature is unaffected.

Success The duration is 1 round.

Failure The duration is 1 day.

Critical Failure The duration is permanent.

Flaming Armament (divine, evocation) Any weapon gains the effect of a flaming property Rune while a balisse wields it.

Guiding Angel [one-action] (divine, transmutation) While invisible, a balisse can spiritually attach itself to a non-evil mortal. When it does so, it merges with the mortal’s body and is unable to use any of its spells and abilities other than to interact with the mortal. It must use Guiding Angel again to leave the mortal. While merged with the mortal, the balisse can take a form of its choice that only the mortal can see, such as a small angel on the mortal’s shoulder. Alternatively, it can communicate with the mortal using a bodiless voice only the mortal can hear.


Balisses, or confessor angels, seek to assist mortals ensnared by moral dilemmas or crises of faith. Balisses prefer to guide people to their own decisions rather than demand obedience to a higher cause, as intrinsic belief is even more powerful than blind obedience.

While most balisses are fundamentally honest, they use their guardian angel ability to seem less intimidating and decrease the chance the mortal will simply acquiesce to the opinion of an obviously divine being. Balisses often form from souls of those who performed evil acts but were redeemed. Many serve the goddess The Healing Flame, but they can serve other good deities and empyreal lords as well.

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