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Lamia Matriarch

The brilliant and powerful lamia matriarchs possess boundless ambition, always seeking to bring more people and territory into the clutches of their kind. Consequently, the become rulers of other lamia. For all their cruelty toward other creatures, they’re fierce protectors of other lamia, and consequently they quickly come to rule cults or warbands. Regardless of the lamia’s gender, these ascended lamias are always known as matriarchs. Rather than leonine limbs, a lamia matriarch’s lower body is formed in the winding coils of a giant snake. They’re also set apart by the occult power they pursue, and some have even have grand designs to break the animalistic curse that transformed them. However, every attempt so far has led to the matriarch’s fall.

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Lamia MatriarchCreature 8

Source Bestiary pg. 217
Perception +15; darkvision
Languages Abyssal, Common, Draconic
Skills Arcana +18, Cult Lore +15, Deception +20, Diplomacy +20, Intimidation +18, Occultism +17, Stealth +16, Survival +13
Str +6, Dex +4, Con +3, Int +3, Wis +3, Cha +6
Items +1 striking scimitar
AC 27; Fort +13, Ref +18, Will +17; +1 status to all saves vs. magic
HP 135; Immunities controlled; Resistances mental 10
Speed 30 feet, climb 30 feet, swim 30 feet
Melee Single ActionSingle Action scimitar +19 [+14/+9] (forceful +2, sweep), Damage 2d6+10 slashingOccult Spontaneous Spells DC 28; 3rd dispel magic, enthrall, haste, mind reading (4 slots); 2nd blur, death knell, illusory creature, invisibility (4 slots); 1st bless, magic missile, phantom pain, soothe (4 slots); Cantrips (3rd) daze, detect magic, mage hand, prestidigitation, read aura
Occult Innate Spells DC 28; 4th charm (x3), suggestion (x3); 3rd sleep; 2nd illusory disguise (at will), illusory object (at will), mirror image; 1st ventriloquism (at will)
Change Shape Single ActionSingle Action (concentrate, occult, polymorph, transmutation) The lamia matriarch can take on the appearance of a Medium humanoid. This doesn’t change their Speed or their attack and damage modifiers with their Strikes, but it does prevent them from using their cursed touch. Each lamia matriarch has a fixed humanoid form—they cannot adopt a different appearance each time they use this ability, and the appearance resembles that of their upper torso when in their true form.Dervish Strike Three ActionsThree Actions The lamia matriarch makes a scimitar attack against each enemy within reach. Each attack counts toward their multiple attack penalty, but the penalty does not increase until after all the attacks. The first enemy she damages is subject to matriarch’s caress.Matriarch's Caress Two ActionsTwo Actions (curse, enchantment, mental, occult) The lamia touches a creature, who must succeed at a DC 28 Will save or become stupefied 1 (stupefied 2 if critically failed). If the target fails additional saves against this ability, the condition value increases by 1 if failed or 2 if critically failed (to a maximum of stupefied 4). This condition value decreases by 1 every 24 hours.

All Monsters in "Lamia"

Lamia Matriarch8


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.

Sidebar - Locations Lamia Location

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

Sidebar - Treasure and Rewards 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.

Sidebar - Related Creatures 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.