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Time Dimensional

Source Alien Archive 3 pg. 116

Time Dimensional CR 14

XP 38,400
N Large outsider (extraplanar)
Init +6; Senses darkvision 120 ft.; Perception +25
Aura temporal dilation (30 ft.)


HP 235
EAC 28; KAC 29
Fort +12; Ref +14; Will +17
Defensive Abilities unflankable; DR 10/—; Immunities chronal immunities; Resistances acid 10, cold 10, electricity 10, fire 10, sonic 10; SR 25


Speed 40 ft., fly 60 ft. (Su, perfect)
Melee slam +26 (6d6+22 B plus dilating strike)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 10 ft.
Offensive Abilities temporal stasis, time stop
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 14th; melee +26)
1/day—modify memory (DC 22), waves of fatigue
3/day—dimension door, hold monster (DC 21)
At will—entropic grasp (DC 20), haste, interplanetary teleport (self plus 5 bulk of objects), plane shift (self only)


STR +8; DEX +6; CON +4; INT +3; WIS +4; CHA +3
Skills Acrobatics +30 (+38 to fly), Diplomacy +25, Mysticism +30, Sense Motive +25, Stealth +30
Languages Abyssal, Aklo, Common; telepathy 100 ft., truespeech
Other Abilities timestream knowledge


Environment any (Dimension of Time)
Organization solitary, pair, or chronology (3–12)

Special Abilities

Chronal Immunities (Ex) A time dimensional is immune to bleed, critical hits, paralysis, poison, radiation, sleep, stunning, and the effects of a vacuum. In addition, a time dimensional is immune to haste, slow, and other effects that manipulate time or the number of actions a time dimensional can take.

Dilating Strike (Ex) A time dimensional’s attack slows the local flow of time around its target. A creature hit by a time dimensional’s slam attack must succeed at a DC 22 Will save or be affected by slow for 1d4 rounds. Whether or not it succeeds at the saving throw, a creature cannot be affected again by this ability for 1 minute.

Temporal Dilation (Ex) The area around a time dimensional slows the temporal passage of projectiles and spells. Creatures in this aura (including the time dimensional) have concealment against ranged attacks. A time dimensional can dismiss or resume this aura as a free action.

Temporal Stasis (Su) Once per day as a full action, a time dimensional can attempt a melee attack against EAC at a +24 bonus against a creature within reach. If the attack is successful, the creature must succeed at a DC 22 Fortitude save or enter a state of suspended animation. For the creature, time ceases to flow, and its condition becomes fixed (taking no damage from effects such as bleeding or burning or from poisons or diseases). The creature does not grow older. Its body functions virtually cease, and no force or effect can harm it. At the end of its turn, an affected creature can attempt a DC 22 Will save. After the first success, the creature can take purely mental actions, though its physical body still remains in stasis. After the second success, time partially resumes for the creature; it is affected as per slow and takes a –6 penalty to attack rolls and Dexterity-based skills. After the third success, the slow effect ends, and the penalty is reduced to –4. After the fourth success, the penalty is reduced to –2, and after the fifth success, the affected creature returns to normal. Otherwise, any state persists until it is dispelled via dispel magic (use the time dimensional’s CR as the caster level).

Time Stop (Su) Once per day as a full action, the time dimensional can stop the flow of time for all other creatures. In reality, the time dimensional speeds up so greatly that all other creatures seem frozen, though they are actually still moving at their normal speeds. The time dimensional is free to act for 1d4+1 rounds of apparent time. Normal and magical fire, cold, gas, and the like can still harm the time dimensional. While the time stop is in effect, other creatures are invulnerable to the time dimensional’s attacks and spells; it cannot target creatures other than itself. A spell that affects an area and has a duration longer than the remaining duration of the time stop has its normal effects on other creatures once the time stop ends. The time dimensional cannot move or harm items held, carried, or worn by a creature stuck in normal time, but it can affect any item that is not in another creature’s possession. The time dimensional is undetectable while time stop lasts.

Timestream Knowledge (Ex) A time dimensional has nearly perfect information about the passage of time in its vicinity and is fully aware of all its own knowledge from all points in its personal timeline. It always acts in the surprise round, and its initiative is calculated as if it rolled a natural 20. In addition, a time dimensional can use any actions remaining on its turn after using dimension door. It also gains a +20 bonus to any skill check to recall knowledge.


Time dimensionals are living fragments of the Dimension of Time, the mysterious demiplane that seems to act as the focal point for the entire flow of time throughout existence. These creatures are seemingly created whenever an event or individual threatens the nature of causality or the flow of time. Time dimensionals act as corrective agents on behalf of the dimension, confronting and neutralizing threats to the timestream. This action can take a variety of forms, ranging from the destruction of the offending target to altering the memories and motives of specific individuals to delaying events until the self-correcting power of time can resolve any discrepancies. In situations of great disruption, the Dimension of Time will dispatch several dimensionals at once to work in conjunction to preserve the timestream.

Due to the fragile nature of causality, the Dimension of Time creates time dimensionals in only the most necessary scenarios. The dimension’s discretion confounds scholars as the situations that require a time dimensional’s presence seem inconsistent. Some seemingly mundane circumstances, such as the uneventful passage of a Vercite transport through the Drift in 303 ag, have caused the appearance of a time dimensional. Meanwhile, events that seem like an obvious beacon for time dimensionals, like the Veskarium research vessel that used a black hole to alter its relative time flow to quickly advance weapons technology in 296 ag, garnered no attention from the creatures whatsoever.

The appearance of a time dimensional varies between each noted sighting and from dimensional to dimensional. The most common appearance is that of a lanky humanoid approximately 12 feet tall formed from myriad crystal facets. Other times, the crystal appears smoother, taking on the appearance of polished glass, while sometimes the shape is wholly translucent. Regardless of a time dimensional’s shape, images of events throughout time, including past, present, and possible future events, constantly flicker within the creature’s body.

Time dimensionals share a portion of the powers of the Dimension of Time and are capable of manipulating the flow of time in a localized area. This allows a time dimensional to lock a creature out of time’s progression or advance the flow of time on an item so quickly that it crumbles to dust. Additionally, this ability grants a time dimensional superior control over its temporal position, allowing it to move around a battlefield in the blink of an eye. This free access to the flow of time also allows a time dimensional to tap into its own past and future knowledge at any time.

Scholars’ fascination with both the Dimension of Time and its native creatures has led several theories throughout history. Some say the existence of time dimensionals in the first place implies a measure of inherent sapience to the Dimension of Time, as few other planes would be capable of creating such creatures, let alone dispatching them with such precision. A few esoteric sages believe that, despite the differing appearance of some dimensionals, only a single time dimensional exists: a creature whose form becomes smoother as its existence progresses, perhaps due to constant creation and reabsorption of the creature by the Dimension of Time. If true, this lone dimensional must be crossing and recrossing its own temporal path, meeting later or earlier incarnations of itself and working in tandem with them to enact the dimension’s will.

Beyond collecting small amounts of temporal residue left behind by destroyed time dimensionals, any attempt to access the power of time dimensionals is futile. Researchers who have attempted to use time travel to return to lost Golarion or other notable points throughout history have vanished entirely or, as rumors persist, encountered an exceptionally rare and powerful time dimensional that removed the individual from time entirely, erasing any evidence of the victim’s existence. Skeptics are quick to point out that even if such a thing occurred, no one would actually know about it. Even if a chronal scientist doesn’t draw the ire of the Dimension of Time, they run the risk of attracting a hound of Tindalos, a terrifying danger in its own right.