Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Grognard's Grimoire: Aegaeus

 Aegaeus (Demon of the Fourth Shell) (Old School Essentials)

An aegaeus by Jason Sholtis

AC –1 [20], HD 11*** (49hp), Att 2 × claw (1d6), 1 × bite (2d4), 1 × tail slap (1d4), THAC0 11 [+8], MV 90' (30'), SV D6 W7 P8 B8 S10, ML 10, AL Chaotic, XP 3500, NA 1d3 (1d6), TT

The aegaeus is a blasphemous hybrid of fish and frog, standing only slightly taller than a Man. Its skin is scaled and slimy and radiates a noisome stench whose effect is similar to that of a troglodyte (q.v.), except that it is more potent (–2 saving throw). The aegaeus prefers to haunt watery locales both above and below the surface of the world, but is little impeded by dry land. Wherever it goes, the aegaeus remains wet and drips fetid water.

A demon of the Fourth Shell, the aegaeus is immune to ordinary weapons. It can employ all of the following spell-like powers at will: cause fear, continual darkness, detect invisible, detect magic, dispel magic, and read languages. Likewise, an aegaeus may summon (65% chance of success) a single demon from the first four shells (determined randomly).

Aegaei serve the demonic duke Vephar and often act as his emissaries and generals. It is therefore not uncommon to find an aegaeus leading a group of ranine (q.v.) or troglodytes, to name but two terrestrial races who serve the Lord of the Sail Road. 

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