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NIKITA
Great Wyrm Red Dragon
Colossal+ Dragon (Fire)
Languages: Draconic
Hit Dice: 52d12+936 (1,279 hp)
Initiative: +0
Speed: 40 ft. (8 squares), fly 250 ft. (clumsy)
Armor Class: 72 (-8 size, +66 natural, +4 deflection), touch 6, flat-footed 72
Base Attack/Grapple: +52/+98
Attack: Bite +79 melee (12d6+35)
Full Attack: Bite +79 melee (12d6+35) and 2 claws +79 melee (6d8+20) and 2 wings +79 melee (6d6+20) and tail slap +79 melee (6d8+50)
Space/Reach: 30 ft./20 ft. (30 ft. with bite)
Special Attacks: Breath weapon, crush, frightful presence, snatch, spell-like abilities, spells, tail sweep
Special Qualities: Blind-sense 60 ft., damage reduction 20/epic, darkvision 120 ft., immunity to fire, sleep, and paralysis, low-light vision, spell resistance 40, vulnerability to cold, empathic link, improved evasion, share spells, speak with blackguard, blood bond, divine blessing
Saves: Fort +50, Ref +32, Will +45
Abilities: Str 70, Dex 10, Con 47, Int 41, Wis 37, Cha 44
Skills: Appraise +70, Bluff +72, Concentration +73, Diplomacy +90, Disguise +17 (+23 act), Escape Artist +55, Hide -16, Intimidate +78, Jump +85, Knowledge (arcana, geography, history, local, nature, nobility and royalty, religion, the planes) +70, Listen +68, Search +70, Sense Motive +68, Spellcraft +106 (+112 scrolls), Spot +68, Survival +13 (+19 above ground or on other planes, following tracks, and to keep from getting lost and avoiding hazards), Use Magic Device +72 (+78 scrolls), Use Rope +0 (+6 bindings)
Feats: Eschew Materials, Flyby Attack, Hover, Improved Multiattack, Improved Natural Attack (bite), Improved Natural Attack (claw), Improved Natural Attack (tail slap), Improved Natural Attack (wing), Multiattack, Quicken Spell, Skill Knowledge (Spellcraft), Snatch, Wingover
Epic Feats: Automatic Quicken Spell (0-9), Epic Spellcasting, Ignore Material Components, Improved Spell Capacity (10th-level), Improved Spell Capacity (11th-level)
Sorcerer Spells Known (6/11/10/10/10/10/9/9/9/9/3/3; base DC = 27 + spell level): 0—arcane mark, create water, detect magic, light, mage hand, message, open/close, prestidigitation, read magic; 1st—detect secret doors, magic aura, magic missile, shield, unseen servant; 2nd—arcane lock, detect thoughts, hideous laughter, make whole, summon swarm; 3rd—blacklight, displacement, haste, ray of exhaustion; 4th—bestow curse, dimensional anchor, greater invisibility, remove curse; 5th—break enchantment, dismissal, telekinesis, true seeing; 6th—chain lightning, greater dispel magic, heal; 7th—destruction, forcecage, greater teleport; 8th—earthquake, mass charm monster, polymorph any object; 9th—meteor swarm, time stop, miracle. Caster level 27th.
Epic Spells/Day (5 arcane; DC 37): alternate form, eclipse, epic dispel magic (no cost), nullify antimagic field (no cost), quickened soul dominion
Challenge Rating: 37
Alignment: Chaotic evil

Abilities

Nikita's natural weapons are treated as epic for the purpose of overcoming damage reduction.
Breath Weapon (Su): 80-ft. cone, damage 32d10 fire, Reflex DC 54 half
Crush (Ex): Area 30 ft. by 30 ft.; Large or smaller opponents take 8d6+45 points of bludgeoning damage, and must succeed on a DC 54 Reflex save or be pinned.
Frightful Presence (Ex): 480-ft. radius, HD 51 or less, Will DC 53 negates.
Snatch (Ex): Grapple bonus +98; claw against creature of Large or smaller for 6d8+20/round, bite against Huge or smaller for 12d6+35/round, or 24d6+70 if the dragon does not move; snatched creature can be flung 160 ft. for 16d6 points of damage.
Spell-like Abilities: 16/day—locate object; 3/day—suggestion; 1/day—discern location, find the path. Caster level 27th.
Spells: As 27th-level sorcerer.
Tail Sweep (Ex): Half-circle 40 ft. in diameter, Medium or smaller opponents take 4d6+45 points of bludgeoning damage, Reflex DC 54 half.
Possessions: Circlet of the archmagi, ring of ineffible evil, ring of regeneration, +5 amulet of mighty fists. Nikita also has a +5 inherent bonus to Strength, Constitution, Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma.

Fiendish Servant

As a special blessing of his goddess, Nikita has become the fiendish servant of Aži Dahāka, granting her strength and power far beyond her draconic kin.
Empathic Link (Su): Nikita can communicate telepathically with Aži Dahāka at a distance of up to one mile. He has the same connection to an item or a place that she does.
Improved Evasion (Ex): If Nikita is exposed to any effect that normally allows her to attempt a Refelx saving throw for half damage, she takes no damage with a successful saving throw and half damage if the saving throw fails.
Share Spells: Aži Dahāka may have any spell he casts on himself also effect Nikita if the latter is within five feet at the time. He may also cast a spell with a target of "You" on her.
Speak with Blackguard (Ex): Nikita can communicate verbally with Aži Dahāka. Other creatures do no understand the communication without magical help.
Blood Bond: Nikita gains a +2 bonus on all attack rolls, checks, and saves if she witnesses Aži Dahāka being threatened or harmed. This bonus lasts as long as the threat is immediate and apparent.
Divine Blessing (Sa): As the cohort of her divine emissary, Quintessa grants Nikita a +6 enhancement to Charisma. As a Salient Divine Ability, it is not subject to dispel magic, greater dispel magic, or antimagic fields.

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Sample Encounter

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Knowledge (Arcana)
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Ecology

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Physical Characteristics: The long-lived great wyrm appears as a red dragon grown to tremendous size, dwarfing even some of the oldest gold dragons. In her red dragon form her eyes are fiery orbs of such brightness that they appear much like minature suns, while her adamantine-like scales have dulled to an almost stone-like appearance. In her human form Nikita appears as a statuesque woman of striking beauty and noble bearing; despite her great wealth, only a simple gown covers her hourglass figure with matching gloves hiding the deadly claws within, while a shock of white contrasts her otherwise raven hair. Golden eyes, like exquisite topaz, bewitch all those who cross her path.
Alignment: Nikita is as evil as they come, having no qualms about tearing a foe to ribbons or melting them with her acid breath. Throughout her entire life she has shown no kindness nor compassion for any living thing save herself, not even her own children whom she abandoned before they even hatched. The great wyrm's condescending and haughty attitude have only grown worse with age as she views all those around her, even the younger wyrms, as beneath her notice. Furthermore, she takes great pleasure towards the misery of others and relishes every opportunity to torture her hapless victims before devouring them piece by piece.

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Typical Treasure

In her lair, Nikita has triple standard treasure for a CR 37 monster, or 1,203,000 gp. 60,000 of this is a bed of gold and platinum coins; 10,000 shine brilliantly as bloodstones, black pearls, fire opals, star rubies, aquamarines, and other fine gems; 40,000 decorate her lair as solid gold idols, large well-done wool tapestries, gold jewelry, and even more splendid works of art; and 463,000 come in a variety of medium and major magic items, from crystal balls to foreboding mirrors. When traversing the outside world she adorns herself with some of the very best of her collection.

Alternate Form

Transmutation
Spellcraft DC: 78
Components: None
Casting Time: 1 swift action
Range: Personal
Target: You
Duration: Permanent (D)
Saving Throw: Fortitude negates (harmless)
Spell Resistance: Yes
To Develop: 702,000 gp; 15 days; 28,080 XP. Seed: transform (DC 21). Factors: change from dragon to humanoid (human) (+5 DC), retain claws (ad hoc +10 DC), retain empathic link (ad hoc +10 DC), dismissible by caster (+2 DC), no verbal or somatic component (+4 DC), Quicken spell (+28 DC). Mitigating factors: change from target to personal (-2 DC).

This potent spell allows Nikita to transform herself into a humanlike form, allowing her to better travel through locales where her natural size wouldn't easily allow. She retains her personality, Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma scores, level and class, hit points (despite any change to her Constitution score), alignment, base attack bonus, base saves, extraordinary abilities, spells, and spell-like abilities, but not her breath weapon. Along with this, she retains her claw attacks; instead of nails, the tips of her fingerbones extend two inches beyond the flesh and come to a sharpened, blackened point. Her Strength, Dexterity, and Constitution are those of her own reduced to that of a Small creature (despite appearing Medium in size). If necessary, she can dismiss this spell at any time, returning to her natural, draconic state. She also reverts to her draconic state upon death, and her equipment melds into her human form.

NIKITA
27th-Level Human Sorceress
Medium Humanoid
Languages: Draconic
Hit Dice: 52d4 (1,279 hp)
Initiative: +3
Speed: 30 ft. (6 squares)
Armor Class: 17 (+3 Dex, +4 deflection), touch 17, flat-footed 14
Base Attack/Grapple: +52/+64
Attack: Claw +69 melee (2d6+17)
Full Attack: 2 claws +69 melee (2d6+17)
Space/Reach: 5 ft./5 ft.
Special Attacks: Frightful presence, spell-like abilities, spells
Special Qualities: Blind-sense 60 ft., damage reduction 20/epic, darkvision 120 ft., immunity to fire, sleep, and paralysis, low-light vision, spell resistance 40, vulnerability to cold, empathic link, improved evasion, share spells, speak with blackguard, blood bond, divine blessing
Saves: Fort +41, Ref +35, Will +45
Abilities: Str 34, Dex 16, Con 29, Int 41, Wis 37, Cha 44
Skills: Appraise +70, Bluff +72, Concentration +64, Diplomacy +90, Disguise +17 (+23 act), Escape Artist +58, Intimidate +78, Jump +67, Knowledge (arcana, geography, history, local, nature, nobility and royalty, religion, the planes) +70, Listen +68, Search +70, Sense Motive +68, Spellcraft +106 (+112 scrolls), Spot +68, Survival +13 (+19 above ground or on other planes, following tracks, and to keep from getting lost and avoiding hazards), Use Magic Device +72 (+78 scrolls), Use Rope +3 (+9 bindings)
Feats: Eschew Materials, Flyby Attack, Hover, Improved Multiattack, Improved Natural Attack (bite), Improved Natural Attack (claw), Improved Natural Attack (tail slap), Improved Natural Attack (wing), Multiattack, Quicken Spell, Skill Knowledge (Spellcraft), Snatch, Wingover
Epic Feats: Automatic Quicken Spell (0-9), Epic Spellcasting, Ignore Material Components, Improved Spell Capacity (10th-level), Improved Spell Capacity (11th-level)
Sorcerer Spells Known (6/11/10/10/10/10/9/9/9/9/3/3; base DC = 27 + spell level): 0—arcane mark, create water, detect magic, light, mage hand, message, open/close, prestidigitation, read magic; 1st—detect secret doors, magic aura, magic missile, shield, unseen servant; 2nd—arcane lock, detect thoughts, hideous laughter, make whole, summon swarm; 3rd—blacklight, displacement, haste, ray of exhaustion; 4th—bestow curse, dimensional anchor, greater invisibility, remove curse; 5th—break enchantment, dismissal, telekinesis, true seeing; 6th—chain lightning, greater dispel magic, heal; 7th—destruction, forcecage, greater teleport; 8th—earthquake, mass charm monster, polymorph any object; 9th—meteor swarm, time stop, miracle. Caster level 27th.
Epic Spells/Day (5 arcane; DC 37): alternate form, eclipse, epic dispel magic (no cost), nullify antimagic field (no cost), quickened soul dominion
Challenge Rating: 37
Alignment: Chaotic evil

Abilities

Nikita's natural weapons are treated as epic for the purpose of overcoming damage reduction.
Frightful Presence (Ex): 480-ft. radius, HD 51 or less, Will DC 53 negates.
Spell-like Abilities: 16/day—locate object; 3/day—suggestion; 1/day—discern location, find the path. Caster level 27th.
Spells: As 27th-level sorcerer.
Possessions: Circlet of the archmagi, ring of ineffible evil, ring of regeneration, +5 amulet of mighty fists. Nikita also has a +5 inherent bonus to Strength, Constitution, Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma.

Fiendish Servant

As a special blessing of his goddess, Nikita has become the fiendish servant of Aži Dahāka, granting her strength and power far beyond her draconic kin.
Empathic Link (Su): Nikita can communicate telepathically with Aži Dahāka at a distance of up to one mile. He has the same connection to an item or a place that she does.
Improved Evasion (Ex): If Nikita is exposed to any effect that normally allows her to attempt a Refelx saving throw for half damage, she takes no damage with a successful saving throw and half damage if the saving throw fails.
Share Spells: Aži Dahāka may have any spell he casts on himself also effect Nikita if the latter is within five feet at the time. He may also cast a spell with a target of "You" on her.
Speak with Blackguard (Ex): Nikita can communicate verbally with Aži Dahāka. Other creatures do no understand the communication without magical help.
Blood Bond: Nikita gains a +2 bonus on all attack rolls, checks, and saves if she witnesses Aži Dahāka being threatened or harmed. This bonus lasts as long as the threat is immediate and apparent.
Divine Blessing (Sa): As the cohort of her divine emissary, Quintessa grants Nikita a +6 enhancement to Charisma. As a Salient Divine Ability, it is not subject to dispel magic, greater dispel magic, or antimagic fields.