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Ghalshoaton

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(Creature)
Type Outsider
(devil, evil, extraplanar, lawful)
CR 9
Environment Hell, Ramlock's Hallow, any desert
Adjective

Source: The Pact Stone Pyramid, pg(s). 30-31

Ghalshoaton[1] are a type of devil most commonly associated with the rolling deserts of Osirion. They are known for both their physical power and their ability to use hideous curses. Several pharaohs of Osirion kept ghalshoaton as minions.[2]

Appearance

Ghalshoaton tower above the average human and have muscular humanoid bodies. A ghalshoaton's head resembles that of an enormous crocodile, with eyes that glint with intelligence like jewels in the light of a fire. Behind its massive crocodilian head is a wide hood like that of a king cobra.

Instead of humanoid arms, a ghalshoaton has scorpion-like chitinous claws. It also has a scorpion-like tale tipped with a venomous stinger. Most of this monstrous creature is covered in reptilian scales, and what is not covered in scales is protected by an insect-like carapace.[2]

Habitat and society

Despite being devils and as such denizens of Hell, ghalshoaton are most commonly associated with Osirion. Several evil pharaohs used ghalshoaton as ferocious minions. Ghalshoaton are also frequently mentioned in Osirian folklore as shapeshifters who place horrible curses upon people.

Ghalshoaton are solitary devils, and like all devils they enjoy bartering for mortal souls.[2]

Due to their bonds with the deserts of Osirion, water from the River Sphinx burns ghalshoaton like holy water. Submerging them in the River Sphinx destroys them completely.[2]

Abilities

A ghalshoaton's curse is more potent than most. A ghalshoaton can also enter others' minds and insert visions of them being killed by the devil.[2]

Ghalshoaton can summon other devils, specifically erinyes that look like bat-winged Osirian women or bezekira that appear as semi-transparent crocodiles rather than cats.[2]

References

  1. The Pact Stone Pyramid is internally inconsistent in how it pluralizes ghalshoaton. This article uses the same form for singular and plural, as is used in the creature's description, and not with a suffixed s as is used in the creature's stat block.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Michael Kortes. (2008). The Pact Stone Pyramid, p. 30-31. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-145-9