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Fjord Linnorm

Fjord linnorms make their homes in damp caves behind ice-cold waterfalls in the river-veined coastal reaches of the north. While they may appear graceful as they swim up the fjords for which they're named, they are as vile as any other of their species and take pleasures in capsizing river boats before gobbling up their terrified crews.

Recall Knowledge - Dragon (Arcana): DC 37

Fjord LinnormCreature 16

UncommonCEGargantuanAmphibiousDragon
Source Bestiary 2 pg. 165
Perception +28; darkvision, scent (imprecise) 60 feet, true seeing
Languages Aklo, Draconic, Sylvan
Skills Acrobatics +27, Athletics +33, Stealth +29
Str +9, Dex +5, Con +8, Int -3, Wis +6, Cha +7
AC 40; Fort +30, Ref +28, Will +24; +1 status to all saves vs. magic
HP 315, regeneration 10 (deactivated by cold iron); Immunities cold, curse, paralyzed, sleep; Weaknesses cold iron 15
Curse of Stolen Breath (curse, primal, water) When a creature slays a fjord linnorm, it must succeed at a DC 41 Will save or become unable to ever breathe underwater (either via a natural ability or a spell such as water breathing). In addition, the victim can hold its breath only half as long as normal, and whenever it holds its breath it becomes sickened 2.
Attack of Opportunity ReactionReaction Tail only.
Speed 35 feet, fly 75 feet, swim 50 feet; freedom of movement
Melee Single ActionSingle Action jaws +33 [+28/+23] (magical, reach 20 feet), Damage 3d12+17 piercing plus fjord linnorm venomMelee Single ActionSingle Action claw +33 [+29/+25] (agile, magical, reach 20 feet), Damage 3d10+17 slashingMelee Single ActionSingle Action tail +33 [+29/+25] (agile, magical, reach 25 feet), Damage 3d6+15 bludgeoning plus Improved GrabPrimal Innate Spells DC 37; Constant (7th) freedom of movement; (6th) true seeing
Breath Weapon Two ActionsTwo Actions (cold, evocation, primal) The fjord linnorm expels a 120-foot line of icy bile, dealing 17d6 cold damage to creatures within the area (DC 37 basic Reflex save). Any creature that fails its save is covered by the ice, which freezes and fuses with the creature's skin, giving it a –10-foot penalty to Speed. A creature can Escape or Force Open the ice (DC 34) to free itself; otherwise, the ice remains for 1 minute. The fjord linnorm can't use Breath Weapon again for 1d4 rounds.Fjord Linnorm Venom (cold, poison) Saving Throw DC 37 Fortitude; Maximum Duration 10 rounds; Stage 1 4d6 cold damage and clumsy 1 (1 round); Stage 2 6d6 cold damage and clumsy 2 (1 round)

All Monsters in "Linnorm"

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

Linnorm

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!