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Tarn Linnorm

Although more powerful linnorms exist, the multi-headed tarn linnorm can wreak an awe-inspiring amount of devastation.

Recall Knowledge - Dragon (Arcana): DC 42

Tarn LinnormCreature 20

Source Bestiary pg. 226
Perception +35; darkvision, scent (imprecise) 60 feet, true seeing
Languages Aklo, Draconic, Sylvan
Skills Acrobatics +32, Athletics +38, Stealth +34
Str +10, Dex +6, Con +8, Int -1, Wis +7, Cha +8
AC 46 all-around vision, Fort +36, Ref +32, Will +31; +1 status to all saves vs. magic
HP 400 (regeneration 15 (deactivated by cold iron)); Immunities acid, curse, paralyzed, sleep; Weaknesses cold iron 15
Curse of Death (curse, death, primal) When a creature slays a tarn linnorm, it must succeed at a DC 46 Will save or it can no longer recover Hit Points via any means, such as healing spells, the Medicine skill, or natural healing from rest.
Attack of Opportunity ReactionReaction Tail only.
Speed 35 feet, fly 100 feet, swim 80 feet; freedom of movement
Melee Single ActionSingle Action jaws +38 (reach 30 feet, magical), Damage 4d12+18 piercing plus tarn linnorm venomMelee Single ActionSingle Action claw +38 (reach 30 feet, agile, magical), Damage 4d8+18 slashingMelee Single ActionSingle Action tail +38 (reach 30 feet, agile, magical), Damage 4d6+18 bludgeoning plus Improved GrabPrimal Innate Spells DC 42; Constant (9th) freedom of movement; (8th) true seeing
Breath Weapon Two ActionsTwo Actions (acid, evocation, poison, primal) The tarn linnorm can expel either a 120-foot line or a 60-foot cone of acid dealing 20d6 acid damage to creatures within the area (DC 44 basic Reflex save). The acid creates toxic fumes. At the beginning of the linnorm’s next turn, those who failed the breath weapon’s Reflex save must succeed at a DC 42 Fortitude save or gain sickened 4 from the poisonous fumes. A tarn linnorm can’t use Breath Weapon or Overwhelming Breath again for 1d4 rounds.Constrict Single ActionSingle Action 3d6+18 bludgeoning, DC 44Double Bite Single ActionSingle Action The tarn linnorm Strides and then makes a jaws Strike with each of its heads, each against a different target. These attacks count toward the tarn linnorm’s multiple attack penalty, and the multiple attack penalty doesn’t increase until after the tarn linnorm makes all of these attacks.Overwhelming Breath Three ActionsThree Actions A tarn linnorm uses its Breath Weapon twice. A creature attempts only one save and can take damage only once. The tarn linnorm can’t use Breath Weapon or Overwhelming Breath again for 2d4 rounds.Tarn Linnorm Venom (acid, injury, poison) Saving Throw DC 44 Fortitude; Maximum Duration 10 rounds; Stage 1 7d6 acid damage and drained 1; Stage 2 11d6 acid damage and drained 2.

All Monsters in "Linnorm"

Crag Linnorm14
Ice Linnorm17
Tarn Linnorm20
Tor Linnorm21


Source Bestiary pg. 224
Immense, primeval dragons of the northern reaches of the world, linnorms hate those they deem to be lesser creatures and seek to inflict as much suffering as possible upon their unfortunate victims. While these serpentine monstrosities might not be the powerful winged dragons most imagine, they nonetheless possess incredible strength and deadly powers that often rival authentic dragon brutality.

Sidebar - Additional Lore Death Curses

The death curses of the linnorms are often the subjects of tragic sagas, and those who would think themselves vanquishing heroes for slaying a linnorm often meet their dooms soon thereafter, succumbing to these curses well after the death of the linnorm responsible for bestowing it.

Sidebar - Additional Lore Linnorm Kings

In the storied Lands of the Linnorm Kings, the slaying of a linnorm is traditionally required for those who would claim a nation’s crown. Recently, though, the Linnorm King White Estrid claimed her crown not by slaying a linnorm but by beating it into submission, gaining a powerful and dangerous ally to help secure her rule.

Sidebar - Treasure and Rewards Linnorm Treasure

As with true dragons, linnorms tend to amass immense piles of treasure in their lairs. These hoards consist of the weapons, gear, and belongings of would-be vanquishers more often than minted coins or works of art.

Sidebar - Related Creatures Other Linnorms

Linnorms exist in a variety of forms beyond the four detailed here. The gaunt cairn linnorm, the spiny taiga linnorm, and the aquatic fjord linnorm each terrorize their own specific regions of the Material Plane.