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Night Hag

Night hags are thieves and merchants of mortal souls. These foul creatures collect souls in dark gems or crystalline jars to sell in fiendish markets, and are themselves empowered by potent magic jewels known as heartstones. They haunt the Ethereal Plane, where they prey upon mortals in their dreams, debilitating them with horrific nightmares as they rest. A night hag may find a particular target and haunt them continuously over the course of weeks, slowly and cruelly breaking down the victim’s will and ability to resist, until their soul is forfeit.

A night hag is a canny mastermind and soul broker, willing to consider any deal as long as she is convinced she has the upper hand. Although a night hag finds it easy to travel the Ethereal Plane and prey upon helpless souls that can’t fight back, these souls are also the least desirable to the evil outsiders the night hag bargains with, and so a night hag gathers allies and minions that allow her to prey on more potent souls without personally risking herself. Their favored minions are nightmares, with whom they share a special bond. Above all, night hags avoid fighting foes that can harry them on the Ethereal Plane, picking fights only when they are certain they can escape.

Recall Knowledge - Fiend (Religion): DC 26
Recall Knowledge - Humanoid (Society): DC 26

Night HagCreature 9

NEMediumFiendHagHumanoid
Source Bestiary pg. 202
Perception +18; darkvision
Languages Abyssal, Aklo, Celestial, Common, Infernal
Skills Arcana +18, Deception +18, Diplomacy +18, Intimidation +14, Occultism +20, Religion +20
Str +5, Dex +4, Con +6, Int +4, Wis +5, Cha +3
Coven A night hag adds dominate, nightmare, scrying, and spellwrack to her coven’s spells.
Nightmare Rider When a night hag rides a nightmare, the nightmare also gains the night hag’s status bonus to saves against magic, and both the hag and rider benefit when the night hag uses her heartstone’s ethereal jaunt innate spell.
Items heartstone
AC 28; Fort +19, Ref +17, Will +18; +2 status to all saves vs. magic, –2 to all saves if the night hag does not have her heartstone
HP 170; Immunities sleep; Resistances mental 10; Weaknesses cold iron 10
Speed 25 feet
Melee Single ActionSingle Action jaws +20 [+15/+10] (magical), Damage 2d8+8 piercing plus 1d6 evil and Abyssal plagueMelee Single ActionSingle Action claw +20 [+16/+12] (agile, magical), Damage 2d10+8 slashing plus 1d6 evilOccult Innate Spells DC 28; 9th bind soul (at will; from heartstone), ethereal jaunt (at will; from heartstone); 8th dream council; 5th nightmare, shadow blast (x2, from heartstone); 3rd dream message (at will), magic missile (at will); 2nd invisibility (at will); 1st ray of enfeeblement (at will), sleep (at will); Constant (3rd) detect magic; (2nd) detect alignment (all alignments simultaneously)
Abyssal Plague (disease) A creature can’t recover from drained until abyssal plague is cured. Saving Throw DC 28 Fortitude; Stage 1 Drained 1 (1 day); Stage 2 Drained increases by 2 (1 day)Change Shape Single ActionSingle Action (concentrate, occult, polymorph, transmutation) The night 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).Dream Haunting (enchantment, occult, mental) If a night hag is ethereal and hovering over a sleeping chaotic or evil creature, she can ride the victim’s back until dawn. The creature endures tormenting dreams as the hag casts nightmare on it, and is exposed to abyssal plague. Any drained caused by dream haunting is cumulative. Only an ethereal being can confront the night hag and stop her dream haunting.Spell Ambush A creature flat-footed to the night hag takes a –2 circumstance penalty to checks and DCs to defend against her spells.

All Monsters in "Hag"

NameLevel
Annis Hag6
Blood Hag8
Green Hag4
Moon Hag10
Night Hag9
Sea Hag3
Storm Hag5
Winter Hag7

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.

Foul creatures who appear as wizened old women, hags share little in common with the humanoids they terrorize. They are hateful entities whose greatest joy lies in the corruption and ultimate destruction of anything good and virtuous. Whatever power created the first hags is lost to time, but numerous hag varieties have arisen over the ages, each with their own powers and abilities to spread pain and suffering.

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 changelings.

Sidebar - Related Creatures One-Sided Rivalries

The hateful creatures known as skelm have much in common with hags, and evidence suggests that they might have some ancient or metaphysical connection to one another. Skelms maintain that they have been unfairly cursed or betrayed by hags and use it as an excuse to antagonize hags. More often than not, hags pay no more attention to skelms than they do any other creature.

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 - Advice and Rules Supporting Characters

Hags don't have to be the main threat of an adventure. Heroes must sometimes seek out knowledge or power from someone known to be dangerous or treacherous, a role that hags can fill quite well. When not terrorizing humanoids, hags explore forbidden magic from sources that decent folk would never consider.

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.