Lamia Matriarch Creature 8

CE Large Beast

Senses Perception +15; darkvision

Languages Abyssal, Common, Draconic

Skills Athletics +18, Cult Lore +15, Deception +20, Diplomacy +20, Intimidation +18, Occultism +17, Stealth +16, Survival +13

Str +6, Dex +4, Con +3, Int +3, Wis +3, Cha +6

Items +1 Striking scimitar


AC 27; Fort +13, Ref +18, Will +17; +1 status to all saves vs. magic

HP 135; Immunities controlled; Resistances mental 10


Speed 30 feet, climb 30 feet, swim 30 feet

Melee scimitar +19 (forceful +2, sweep), Damage 2d6+10 slashing

Occult Spontaneous Spells DC 28

3rd (4 slots) dispel magic, enthrall, haste, mind reading; 2nd (4 slots) blur, death knell, illusory creature, invisibility; 1st (4 slots) bless, magic missile, phantom pain, soothe; Cantrips (3rd) daze, detect magic, mage hand, prestidigitation, read aura

Occult Innate Spells DC 28

4th charm (×3), suggestion (×3); 3rd sleep; 2nd illusory disguise (at will), illusory object (at will), mirror image; 1st ventriloquism (at will)

Change Shape (concentrate, occult, polymorph, transmutation) The lamia matriarch can take on the appearance of a Medium humanoid. This doesn't change their Speed or their attack and damage modifiers with their Strikes, but it does prevent them from using their cursed touch. Each lamia matriarch has a fixed humanoid form—they cannot adopt a different appearance each time they use this ability, and the appearance resembles that of their upper torso when in their true form.

Dervish Strike The lamia matriarch makes a scimitar attack against each enemy within reach. Each attack counts toward their multiple attack penalty, but the penalty does not increase until after all the attacks. The first enemy she damages is subject to matriarch's caress.

Matriarch's Caress (curse, enchantment, mental, occult) As Lamia's Caress, but DC 28, and the creature is stupefied 2 (or has its existing stupefied increased by 2) if it critically fails.

About

The brilliant and powerful lamia matriarchs possess boundless ambition, always seeking to bring more people and territory into the clutches of their kind. Consequently, the become rulers of other lamia. For all their cruelty toward other creatures, they're fierce protectors of other lamia, and consequently they quickly come to rule cults or warbands. Regardless of the lamia's gender, these ascended lamias are always known as matriarchs. Rather than leonine limbs, a lamia matriarch's lower body is formed in the winding coils of a giant snake. They're also set apart by the occult power they pursue, and some have even have grand designs to break the animalistic curse that transformed them. However, every attempt so far has led to the matriarch's fall.