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Ulunat
The carapace of Ulunat, in Sothis.
(Creature)
Type Magical beast
CR 24
Environment Any (Sothis)
Alignment
Images of Ulunat

Source: Pyramid of the Sky Pharaoh, pg(s). 64

Festering Ulunat, the Unholy First[1] is one of the Spawn of Rovagug—many believe it was the first of the Spawn, a nameless beast which devastated Ninshabur in -3923 AR. It is the spawn best known in Avistan and Garund—the golden, four-winged beetle emblem of Osirion is a stylized (and greatly toned down) version of Ulunat, and its colossal carapace is the centerpoint of the Osirian capital city of Sothis.

In life, Ulunat was said to be a hulking, three-eyed monstrosity with four wings, ten limbs tipped with blades, and a black mirrored carapace. Its single great horn was said to absorb arcane energy and reflect it back on the caster in the form of horrific, literally heart-stopping terror.

Whatever may have happened in -3923 AR, it is accepted that Ulunat ravaged Garund in -3729 AR. It destroyed six legions of the Jistka Imperium. Its activities continued until -3470 AR, when it is said that Azghaad, the man who would eventually found Osirion, killed Ulunat by channeling the full power of Nethys, but this is untrue: spawn of Rovagug are unkillable, and Ulunat was merely banished to a pocket realm beneath its physical carcass, where it still sleeps. Many cultists have tried to free Ulunat throughout the years; all such attempts have failed and been erased from Osirion's official history so as not to encourage subsequent ones.[2][3][4]

The carapace in Sothis is remarkably intact, showing no signs of being involved in a titanic battle, and has not weathered at all in the eighty-five centuries it has lain in the sun. There is a folktale in Sothis that states that the beast is not dead: its conquerors only managed to put it into a deep sleep. One day it will awaken, and the 100,000 citizens of Sothis will be the world's first line of defense.[5]

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