Vestige Level: 3rd
Binding DC: 24
Special Requirement: Yes.
Formerly a being of godlike power, Primus sought to make logic and law rule over all the multiverse and in doing so made its own existence illogical. Primus aids binders in battling chaos and gives them the power to enforce orders they give to others.
Legend: According to obscure planar lore, Primus was a being of law so ordered that none but it’s race of servants—strange creatures know as modrons—could bear to worship it. Beings of pure order, dedicated to advancing precision and structure throughout the multiverse, the modrons obey Primus as their god and master. The one and the Prime represented the race’s most absolute ideal of perfect logic, its every command trickling down through an impossibly complex chain of lieutenants, sub-chiefs,executors, and managers to reach the ears of every being in it’s service. Thus, the modrons worked order upon the multiverse, and the word of Primus was that order.
In the far-flung reaches of Mechanus, on the sixty-four modron-controlled cogs known as Regulus, there exists a fantastically complex clock-work fortress known as the Great Modron Cathedral. From this throne Primus dictated the path of each of its followers. To aid its reasoning, great knowledge constantly streamed into Primus’s cathedral and powerful magical creations, forged from the perfectly attuned gears of the plane,offered windows onto the whole of the multiverse. One of these magics was the Grand Orrery, an unfathomably intricate device that measured the shifting of power, planes, and planets, deducing their cosmic and multiplanar meanings. A cadre of majordomos reported the Grand Orrery’s telling directly to Primus, as well as happenings relayed to them in turn from networks of agents stretched across the multiverse. At the same time, Primus personally monitored its minions employing another powerful device known as the Infinity Web. Through this waxy confluence of cords and strands, Primus’s consciousness stretched through its subordinate modrons, witnessing events throughout infinite realities. Thus, the One and the Prime observed as much as any deity and more.
It was the information that spiraled around the modron throne, the prophecies and reports of the Grand Orrery and the Infinity Web, that led to Primus’s end. Seated as he was at the hub of the largest network of information in the multiverse there were those who envied Primus’s Knowledge.
Thus, when the demon prince Orcus, as his shadow-self Tenebrous, carved his bloody path through the planes on his unholy quest for divinity, Primus became one of the first casualties. Seeking his lost rod,Tenebrous infiltrated the One and the Prime’s sanctuary and ended the incredulous being with a killing word,adopting its form to bend its intelligence network and legions of servants to his foul purposes. Countless modrons were lost obeying Tenebrous’s cruel whims and when the would-be god gleaned all he desired, he cast off his façade and left the modron hierarchy in shambles.
With the loss of their god and leader, a member of Primus’s most immediate lieutenants—the Secundus—took up the mantle of the Supreme Modron. This new Primus seeing its people crippled, its cathedral invaded, and its magic corrupted, turned its race’s attentions inward, calling all modron survivors back to Regulus and sealing the borders. Since that time few modrons have been seen throughout the multiverse and their current actions remain mysterious.Yet despite the former Primus’s apparent destruction, a being whose consciousness stretches across planes cannot so easily be destroyed. From the minds and memories of thousands of tormented modrons on contact with it at the moment of its destruction, a vestige of the old Primus arose. While logic, law, and a structured multiverse once dictated its every action, a new directive now inspires this methodical ghost of order: the destruction of Tenebrous and all similar beings of chaos.
Special Requirement: Primus refuses to appear before a binder already bound to Tenebrous. If the binder has bound to Tenebrous at any point in the past, Primus knows and requires that its sign be drawn in conditions of bright light.
Manifestation: When Primus begins to appear, its seal seems to rise up as a floating platform and become a bronze gear with dozens of smaller cogs and mechanisms within, all whirring and clicking as they turn. A yellow glow shines up from the ground and through the gears, dimming slightly just before Primus appears in a burst of rainbow light Primus stands fully 10 feet tall atop the floating gear-work, its lower body merging with the glow that rises from the floor. Humanoid in shape, Primus’s genderless body seems to be made of solid gold.Primus stands silently and impassively, saying nothing, it’s face devoid of all features. When the binder at last decides to say something, Primus suddenly speaks, its voice sounding hollow and cold, “Who summons us?”Once uttered two holes open on Primus’s blank visage where eyes should be, and each dark void spills black fluid down Primus’s face. Where the liquid flows, the vestige’s golden body sizzles away in then layers,as through Primus’s tears burn away its body. No matter how deep the channels this darkness creates grow,Primus never flinches.
Sign: Dozens of small patches of skin on the binder’s legs and arms become gold, silver, and bronze.These randomly placed metal plates take the shape of well-formed squares, equilateral triangles, hexagons,and other geometric shapes. These pieces of metal do not odder any bonus or inhibit the character in anyway. If removed, they revert to bloody flaps of flesh.
Influence: Primus shows its influence by making a binder ruthlessly practical. The binder evaluates all activities with an eye towards its ultimate goals, brooking no frivolity or distraction. Every action becomes a calculated move. In addition, Primus requires that the binder not knowingly break any law or disobey the direct order of any lawful authority.
Granted Abilities: Primus grants binders the ability to combat chaos, to gain benefit from orderly behavior,and to briefly access its ability to command all beings.
Divine Structure: If you perform the same actions on consecutive rounds in the same order, you gain a +1 competence bonus on all attacks, saves, and skill checks that round. For example, if you move and make a standard attack, and then in the following round move and make a standard attack, you would gain the bonus. If you move and make a standard attack and then in the next round 5-foot adjust and make a full attack, you would not get the bonus.
Lawful Attacks: Your melee and ranged attacks are considered lawful for the purposes of overcoming damage reduction, and you deal +1d6 points of damage to any creature of chaotic alignment that you hit with a melee or ranged attack (included touch attacks, but not ranged touch attacks).
Primus’s Order: You can order a creature within 100 feet to perform a specific action. The Creature must be able to hear you, but it need not understand your language. Pick a command listed under the command spell when you use this ability. If the target fails a Will save, it performs the action. In addition, targets that fail their Will save cannot hear or see you for 1d4 rounds or until you attack it, treating you as though you are under the effect of invisibility and silence spells. Other creatures can perceive you normally. This ability is not language-based and can affect creatures even if they are immune to mind-affecting effects. Once you have used this ability, you cannot do so again for 5 rounds.