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PFS StandardTor Linnorm

Tor linnorms dwell in the tallest volcanic mountains, either within natural formed caverns or within molten craters. A tor linnorm’s temper can be as hot and destructive as the magma the creature resembles.

Recall Knowledge - Dragon (Arcana): DC 44
Unspecific Lore: DC 42
Specific Lore: DC 39

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Tor LinnormCreature 21

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Uncommon CE Gargantuan Dragon Fire 
Source Bestiary pg. 227
Perception +37; darkvision, scent (imprecise) 60 feet, true seeing
Languages Aklo, Draconic, Sylvan
Skills Acrobatics +35, Athletics +40, Stealth +37
Str +11, Dex +8, Con +9, Int -1, Wis +8, Cha +9
AC 47; Fort +38, Ref +35, Will +33; +1 status to all saves vs. magic
HP 440, regeneration 20 (deactivated by cold iron); Immunities curse, fire, paralyzed, sleep; Weaknesses cold iron 15
Curse of Boiling Blood (curse, fire, primal) When a creature slays a tor linnorm, it must succeed at a DC 48 Will save or permanently gain weakness to fire 20 and slowed 1 from the agonizing pain it now endures at all times. As long as a character continues to suffer this curse, its slowed condition can never be reduced below slowed 1. Lava Affinity A tor linnorm can breathe and swim freely while submerged in lava and magma. Attack of Opportunity [reaction] Tail only.
Speed 35 feet, climb 35 feet, fly 100 feet, swim 60 feet; freedom of movement
Melee [one-action] jaws +40 [+35/+30] (reach 30 feet, magical), Damage 4d12+19 piercing plus tor linnorm venomMelee [one-action] claw +40 [+36/+32] (reach 30 feet, agile, magical), Damage 4d8+19 slashingMelee [one-action] tail +40 [+36/+32] (reach 30 feet, agile, magical), Damage 4d6+19 bludgeoning plus Improved GrabPrimal Innate Spells DC 44; Constant (9th) freedom of movement; (8th) true seeing
Breath Weapon [two-actions] (evocation, fire, primal) The tor linnorm expels a 60-foot cone of flame and ash dealing 20d6 fire damage to creatures within the area (DC 46 basic Reflex save). At the start of the tor linnorm’s next turn, the area affected by the breath weapon is covered in thick, scorching smoke that burns both the lungs and eyes, dealing an additional 10d6 fire damage to all creatures in the area (DC 46 basic Reflex save). A creature that spends an entire round in the smoke with open eyes must succeed at a DC 44 Fortitude save or is blinded for 1 minute. The smoke dissipates after 1 minute; in strong winds, the smoke dissipates in 5 rounds, and in more powerful winds, it may clear even more quickly. The tor linnorm can’t use Breath Weapon again for 1d4 rounds.Constrict [one-action] 3d6+21 bludgeoning, DC 46Slashing Claws [one-action] A tor linnorm makes four Strikes with its claws, each against a different target. These attacks count toward the tor linnorm’s multiple attack penalty, but the multiple attack penalty doesn’t increase until after the tor linnorm makes all its attacks.Tor Linnorm Venom (fire, injury, poison) Saving Throw DC 44 Fortitude; Maximum Duration 10 rounds; Stage 1 8d6 fire damage and drained 1; Stage 2 12d6 fire damage and drained 2.

All Monsters in "Linnorm"

Cairn Linnorm18
Crag Linnorm14
Fjord Linnorm16
Ice Linnorm17
Shoal Linnorm15
Taiga Linnorm19
Tarn Linnorm20
Tor Linnorm21
Young Linnorm7


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 First World Connections

Linnorms have a deep connection to the First World, the primordial home of the fey. While linnorms typically won't think twice before devouring a gnome or other fey, they do have an unusual respect for wielders of powerful primal magic. The only way to cow a linnorm, according to common wisdom, is to remind it that there are forces of nature even stronger than itself.

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 - Advice and Rules Linnorm Legends

Creatures as powerful as linnorms tend to spawn stories of their own, accurate or not. Critical failure on a check to Recall Knowledge on linnorms might suggest that you can avoid a linnorm's death curse by closing your eyes as you deliver the fatal blow, or that rubbing poison oak on yourself can ward off a linnorm's attention.

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 - Additional Lore Newborn Linnorms

Almost all linnorms lead solitary lives; they are too reprehensible for even their own kind to tolerate for any length of time. Most species do not even meet to reproduce; rather, female linnorms usually deposit a solitary egg in a remote location, which a wandering male linnorm then fertilizes and places in a nook suitable for incubation. Newborn linnorms range in size from that of adult crocodiles to full-grown bulls, and their growth is rapid. Even a juvenile linnorm is strong enough to wreak havoc on a small settlement— though most don't dare to commit such audacious pillaging, for fear of evoking the anger of another, larger linnorm in the area.

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.

Sidebar - Related Creatures Rarer Linnorms

While the linnorms presented here and in the first Bestiary constitute the majority of these creatures, others exist, particularly in the remote regions of the First World. It may be that these rare linnorms simply find the Material Plane too constraining for their might!