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Annis Hag

Annis hags are brutal torturers and murderers, delighting in the musical screams and tasty flesh of young creatures and those who are pure of heart. Annis hags are the most direct of all hags, engaging in physical combat and using their change shape ability to hunt rather than to infiltrate and betray humanoids. But an Annis hag takes a grisly trophy from each kill and uses it to sow discord, sending the trophy to one of her victim’s loved ones in a way that implicates another family member in the murder. Also known as iron hags, annis hags have iron-like yet flexible flesh that resists edged weapons, and their own touch is the same cold iron that burns the flesh of other hags. This allows them to bully their way to the leadership of hag covens.

Recall Knowledge - Humanoid (Society): DC 22

Annis HagCreature 6

CELargeHagHumanoid
Source Bestiary pg. 202
Perception +15; darkvision
Languages Aklo, Common, Jotun
Skills Acrobatics +10, Athletics +14 (+16 to Grapple), Deception +11, Diplomacy +9, Intimidation +11, Stealth +14
Str +6, Dex +4, Con +4, Int +1, Wis +4, Cha +3
Coven An annis hag adds earthbind, passwall, and spellwrack to her coven’s spells.
AC 24, Fort +16, Ref +12, Will +14; +1 status to all saves vs. magic
HP 85; Resistances physical 5 (except bludgeoning)
Speed 40 feet
Melee Single ActionSingle Action claw +16 (agile, magical, reach 10 feet), Damage 2d8+6 cold iron slashing plus GrabBonds of Iron Two ActionsTwo Actions (attack, conjuration, occult) Once per day, an annis hag can cause a cage built of cold iron fingernails to spring out of nothingness at a range of up to 30 feet, attempting an Athletics check to Grapple against the target’s Fortitude DC; if the target has a weakness to cold iron, the annis hag gains a +2 circumstance bonus to this check. Unlike a normal Grapple, the annis hag doesn’t need to be within reach and can move as she pleases, and a successful attempt lasts until the creature escapes (DC 24), causing the cage to crumble into rust. Any creature can attempt to destroy the cage by attacking it. It has an AC of 19, Hardness 10, and 40 Hit Points.Change Shape Single ActionSingle Action (concentrate, occult, polymorph, transmutation) The hag can take on the appearance of any Medium female humanoid. This doesn’t change her Speed or her attack and damage bonuses with her Strikes but might change the damage type her Strikes deal (typically to bludgeoning).Rend Single ActionSingle Action claw

All Monsters in "Hag"

NameLevel
Annis Hag6
Green Hag4
Night Hag9
Sea Hag3

Hag

Source Bestiary pg. 200
Malevolent crones who lurk at the edges of civilization, hags use their deceptive, magical abilities to prey upon humanoids, manipulating and corrupting them. Some say hags arose from fey that became twisted by their inner selfishness. Hags gather together in covens for greater power, craft unique magical items known as hag eyes, and are known to replace infant humanoids with their own offspring—these children are changelings who have the potential to become hags themselves.

Sidebar - Advice and Rules Hag Covens

Hags are dangerous enough on their own, but when they gather in threes to form covens, they grow much more powerful.

Sidebar - Additional Lore Haters of Humanity

Hags loathe all humanoid races, but not equally—the brunt of their wrath is leveled against humans. Hags prey on human society the most, adding human flesh to their cauldron and snatching newborn children before replacing the babes with their own progeny as <&MONSTERS%79%%>changelings.

Sidebar - Related Creatures Other Hags

The four types of hags presented here are but the most notorious of their kind. Others—such as the blood hag, moon hag, storm hag, and winter hag—plague society in other regions of the world.

Sidebar - Additional Lore The Nature of Hags

Some believe that hags possess no true form or body of their own, but instead manifest from society’s fear of aging. That no known male hags exist has also puzzled scholars, but perhaps this is but another way in which hags mock society—by presenting themselves as awful stereotypes of elderly women.