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Huangshe’yao

Large aberration, alignment varies

Armor Class 20 (natural armor)
Hit Points 231 (22d10 + 110)
Speed 40 ft., climb 30 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
18 (+4) 15 (+2) 20 (+5) 18 (+4) 18 (+4) 20 (+5)

Saving Throws Str +9, Con +10, Wis +9, Cha +10
Damage Immunities poison
Damage Resistances fire, lightning, bludgeoning, piercing and slashing damage from nonmagical attacks
Condition Immunities poisoned
Senses tremorsense 30 ft., passive Perception 14
Languages Abyssal
Challenge 15 (13,000 XP)

SPECIAL TRAITS

  • Wish-Bargain. A huangshe’yao can grant a single wish (as per the 9th-level spell) to a mortal petitioner. The cost of this wish is high, however, for the petitioner must, in exchange for the wish, allow itself to be subject to a geas from the huangshe’yao. This geas is treated as if it was cast with a 9th-level spell slot (meaning that it is permanent until removed by remove curse, greater restoration, or wish) and the target receives no saving throw. Magic Resistance. The huangshe’yao has advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical effects.
  • Innate Spellcasting. The huangshe’yao’s spellcasting ability is Charisma (spell save DC 18). The huangshe’yao can innately cast the following spells, requiring no material components:

ACTIONS

  • Multiattack. The huangshe’yao makes one Bite and one Constriction attack. It may not make a constriction attack if it already has one target restrained.
  • Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +9 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit:18 (4d6 + 4) damage.
  • Constriction. Melee Weapon Attack: +9 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 15 (2d10 + 4) bludgeoning damage. If the target is Medium or smaller, it is grappled (escape DC 19). Until this grapple ends, the target is restrained, the target takes 15 (2d10 +4) bludgeoning damage at the start of the huangshe’yao’s turn, and the huangshe’yao can’t make constriction attacks against other targets.

ABOUT

The huangshe’yao are generally benevolent beings; they are, however, extremely subtle, and dealing with them can be a very risky proposition. Physically, they resemble enormous constrictor snakes with yellow-gold scales and faces somewhat like horned vipers, with orange eyes that reflect significant intelligence. They often dwell outside the Material Planes, visiting from time to time for their own purposes.

The huangshe’yao are wish-granters, but in return they require that a supplicant agree to be subject to a geas. The geas might not be applied immediately, being retained by the huangshe’yao for use at a later date, but usually humans will encounter a huangshe’yao when it is already engaged in some specific purpose and has decided to engage an ally (or minion). Despite the general tendency of the huangshe’yao toward good alignments, evil individuals are possible, and such corrupted ones are very evil indeed. Evil-aligned huangshe’yao are outcasts from their kin, and never encountered in association with those of any other alignment.

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