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Demon, Fulad-Zereh

An enormous horned demon with a hide the color of burnt blood, a fulad-zereh’s body is encased in red armor that has blackened through the ages.

Huge fiend (demon), chaotic evil

Armor Class 18 (plate)
Hit Points 115 (10d12 + 50)
Speed 40 ft., fly 40 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
19 (+4) 11 (+0) 20 (+5) 17 (+3) 15 (+2) 17 (+3)

Saving Throws Strength +8, Constitution +9, Wisdom +6, Charisma +7
Skills Insight +6, Intimidation +7
Damage Resistances cold, fire, lightning; bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing from nonmagical attacks
Damage Immunities poison
Condition Immunities poisoned
Senses truesight 120 ft., passive Perception 12
Languages Abyssal, telepathy 120 ft.
Challenge 9 (5,000 XP)

Special Traits

  • Petrifying Gaze. When a creature that can see the fulad-zereh’s eyes starts its turn within 30 feet of the demon, the fulad-zereh can force it to make a DC 16 Constitution saving throw if the demon isn’t incapacitated and can see the creature. If the saving throw fails by 5 or more, the creature is instantly petrified. Otherwise, a creature that fails the saving throw begins to turn to stone and is restrained. The restrained creature must repeat the saving throw at the end of its next turn, becoming petrified on a failure or ending the effect on a success. The petrification lasts until the creature is freed by the greater restoration spell or similar magic. Unless surprised, a creature can avert its eyes to avoid the saving throw at the start of its turn. If the creature does so, it can’t see the demon until the start of its next turn, when it can avert is eyes again. If the creature looks at the demon, it must immediately make the save.

Actions

  • Multiattack. The demon makes two attacks: one with its barbed whip and one with its battleaxe.
  • Barbed Whip. Melee Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, reach 30 ft., one target. Hit: 14 (3d6 + 4) slashing damage, and, if the target is Large or smaller, it is pulled up to 25 feet toward the demon. If the target is a creature other than an undead or a construct, it must succeed on a DC 16 Constitution saving throw or take 5 (1d10) necrotic damage at the start of each of its turns as a barb of pure Abyssal energy lodges itself in the wound. Each time the demon hits the barbed target with this attack, the damage dealt by the wound each round increases by 5 (1d10). Any creature can take an action to remove the barb with a successful DC 14 Wisdom (Medicine) check. The barb crumbles to dust if the target receives magical healing.
  • Battleaxe. Melee Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 17 (3d8 + 4) slashing damage.

About

Abyssal Officers. Lieutenants of demon armies, fulad-zereh tower over their allies and enemies alike. Fulad-zereh are violent and bloodthirsty demons who have fought for centuries to attain their forms and power, or who are elevated by demon lords during times of war.

Marked for Service. The armor that bolsters a fulad-zereh is forged to reflect the demon lord to which it is bound. It has been said that some fulad-zereh will abandon their demon lords rather than being demoted after battle. These rogue demons forge their own terrifying, nightmarish armor and sell their services to those willing to pay in souls.

Weeping Acid. A creature that touches the fulad-zereh or hits it with a melee attack while within 5 feet of it must succeed on a DC 16 Dexterity saving throw or take 9 (2d8) acid damage.

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