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Medusa

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Medusa
Ophiope, Mistress of the Eternal Obelisk.
(Creature)
Type Monstrous humanoid
CR 7
Environment Temperate marshes and underground
Alignment
Images of medusae

Source: Bestiary, pg(s). 201

Medusas, or medusae, appear as beautiful human women with living serpents for hair. They have the ability to turn nearly anything to stone with their petrifying gaze.[1]

Ecology

All known medusas are female, and occasionally take a male humanoid as a mate. These pairings are rarely voluntary, and are accomplished via magical compulsion, such as an elixir of love.[1]

Habitat and society

Medusas often live in wilderness locations, but can also be found in cities assisting thieves' guilds or other criminal enterprises. Their lairs are sometimes decorated with the petrified remains of their past victims, even though this tends to warn others of their presence.[1]

In urban environments, medusas tend to prefer stealth and disguise to hide their appearance, while in the wilds they often become bards, sorcerers, or oracles. Naturally charismatic, they excel in these spellcasting roles. Powerful spellcasters sometimes make their homes in places of power or other sites of renown, becoming potent, if quite dangerous, sources of knowledge. Susceptible to flattery, such powerful medusas can be tricked into sharing their knowledge or even providing magical assistance.[1]

Abilities

All medusas possess a powerful petrifying gaze that works only at close range. Their serpentine hair gives them all-around vision, making it quite difficult to sneak up on them. Finally, the bite of their serpent-hair delivers a powerful poison. Although not fatal, the venom is quite debilitating, leaving its victim vulnerable to a medusa's other attacks.[1]

Tactics

Since their petrifying gaze only works at close range, medusas often conceal their monstrous features by covering their head or face. When thus disguised they appear human, even when seen up close, allowing them to lure unsuspecting victims into their kill zones. They are also fond of laying out intricate traps, using missile fire to guide intruders into them.[1]

Notable medusas

References

External links

  • Medusa (real-world myth) on Wikipedia