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Lamia

Just as they were cursed long ago, lamias can curse those they touch, clouding the mind and regressing conscious thought to purely animalistic instincts. Creatures affected by this curse grow reckless, becoming unaware of the consequences of their own actions and unable to think clearly. This makes the hapless victim all the more susceptible to the lamia’s cunning illusions and insidious charms. The lamia’s animalistic nature and the effect of their cursed touch has led some scholars to theorize that the original lamias must have, millennia ago, turned away from their own reason and intellect and embraced the life of simple beasts. Whether this change was rewarded as a monstrous gift from Lamashtu or inflicted as a curse for abandoning their responsibilities by Pharasma remains the subject of debate to this day.

Whatever the source of this ancient transformation, lamias themselves have grown to enjoy the strengths it has granted them. Regardless, they continue to cling to a hatred of the gods, seeing them as the cause of their monstrous forms and, thus, their eternal exile from the societies they watch with jealous eyes from their lairs amid the ruins of lost civilizations. Because lamias blame divine powers for their curse, they take special delight in the downfall of temples, the suffering and death of champions and clerics, and the spread of dissension within organized religions.

While they can brie y assume humanoid form with magic, lamias are usually forced to hide from civilization, making their homes in the barren wilderness. There, they attract cults of their own, gathering up chaotic and evil humanoids. With the help of these cultists, lamias strive to bring down popular faiths, introduce schisms into flourishing churches, and humiliate or defame high-profile religious leaders. Most lamias themselves have no true religious faith in anything, hearing instead a mystical calling that manifests as sighs on the desert wind or murmurs from the dark places between the stars.

Lamias are traditionally matriarchal, revering the eldest female among them as leader, mother, and shaman.

Recall Knowledge (Arcana, Nature): DC 22

LamiaCreature 6

CELargeBeast
Source Bestiary pg. 216
Perception +13; darkvision
Languages Abyssal, Common
Skills Cult Lore +11, Deception +15, Diplomacy +11, Intimidation +13, Stealth +15, Survival +11
Str +5, Dex +3, Con +2, Int +1, Wis +3, Cha +3
Items +1 spear, javelin (2)
AC 24, Fort +12, Ref +15, Will +15
HP 95
Speed 40 feet
Melee Single ActionSingle Action spear +17, Damage 1d6+8 piercingMelee Single ActionSingle Action claw +17 (agile), Damage 1d6+8 slashing plus GrabRanged Single ActionSingle Action spear +14 (thrown 20 feet, versatile S), Damage 1d4+8 piercingRanged Single ActionSingle Action javelin +15 (thrown 30 feet), Damage 1d6+8 piercingOccult Innate Spells DC 25; 4th charm (x3), suggestion; 3rd sleep; 2nd humanoid form (at will), mirror image; 1st illusory disguise (at will), illusory object (at will), ventriloquism (at will)
Lamia's Caress Two ActionsTwo Actions (curse, enchantment, mental, occult) The lamia touches a creature, who must succeed at a DC 23 Will save or become stupefied 1. If the target fails additional saves against this ability, the condition value increases by 1 (to a maximum of stupefied 4). This condition value decreases by 1 every 24 hours.

All Monsters in "Lamia"

NameLevel
Lamia6
Lamia Matriarch8

Lamia

Source Bestiary pg. 216
Lamias are bloodthirsty victims of an ancient curse for which they blame the gods. Most lamias are humanoid from the waist up but have the lower bodies of beasts and monsters. Sinister magic comes naturally to a lamia, and they prefer the use of illusions and enchantments to deceive prey for later consumption, or simply to torture.

Lamia Location

Lamias dwell on the edge of civilization in crumbling keeps, abandoned cities, and the fallen temples of forgotten gods.

Lamia Treasure

Lamias salvage gold, jewels, and magic items from the abandoned temples and ruined cities where they make their lairs. They sometimes arm themselves with enchanted daggers.

Other Lamias

Adventurers report encounters with other varieties of lamia, including immense versions with the upper torsos of giants, monstrosities driven by insatiable hunger, or flying buzzard-like beasts with hardly any humanoid features, yet all of these variants bow to the wisdom and influence of the lamia matriarchs.