Jiki-ketsu-gaki resembled emaciated humanoids, with dark, greasy skin. They had yellow fangs, short but sharp claws and deep set eyes.
Jiki-ketsu-gaki were vicious fighters. In combat, they attacked quickly and without mercy, using their sharp claws and teeth to kill an opponent. They sough to drain the blood of its opponent, and would try to bite them as fast as possible. Once they bit a victim, they did not release themselves until either one of them was killed.
Jiki-ketsu-gaki used a special biwa to paralyze their victims. Upon encountering potential targets, a jiki-ketsu-gaki began playing on the biwa while invisible. Anyone within 20 ft (6.1 m) who heard the haunting tune became paralyzed. Once the song was completed, the jiki-ketsu-gaki tightened the strings of their biwa one by one, until they snapped. Each time a string snapped, the paralyzed targets suffered damage. After all the strings were broken, the jiki-ketsu-gaki became visible and started their attack. The targets remained paralyzed until struck by the jiki-ketsu-gaki.
Like all gaki, jiki-ketsu-gaki had the innate ability to duplicate the effects of become invisible and polymorph spells at will, and passwall three times daily. They were immune to all charm, cold, fire, hold and sleep spells, as well as drowsy insect. They were vulnerable to any spell that affected spirits. Jiki-ketsu-gaki were able to slowly regenerate damage that was inflicted upon them.
Jiki-ketsu-gaki were solitary creatures.
Jiki-ketsu-gaki did not have a lair. Rather they were always moving from place to place, hunting for food. They were most often encountered in abandoned holy places such as shrines and temples, or within cemeteries.
Jiki-ketsu-gaki were vampiric and fed off the blood of their victims. Like all gaki, Jiki-ketsu-gaki were the reincarnated spirits of wicked people, in this case priests who committed heresy. They were reincarnated as gaki for punishment for living a life of evil and sin.
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- ↑ James Wyatt (October 2001). Oriental Adventures (3rd edition). (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 163–165. ISBN 0-7869-2015-7.
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 Rick Swan (July 1990). Monstrous Compendium Kara-Tur Appendix. (TSR, Inc.), pp. 18–19. ISBN 0-88038-851-X.
- ↑ Gary Gygax, David Cook, and François Marcela-Froideval (1985). Oriental Adventures. (TSR, Inc), pp. 119–120. ISBN 0-8803-8099-3.
- ↑ James Wyatt (October 2001). Oriental Adventures (3rd edition). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 250. ISBN 0-7869-2015-7.