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Mane, Blood

Family: Devils

Medium fiend, neutral evil

Armor Class 16 (natural armor)
Hit Points 60 (8d8 + 24)
Speed 40 ft., swim 50 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
18 (+4) 16 (+3) 16 (+3) 8 (–1) 12 (+1) 8 (–1)

Skills Perception +3, Stealth +5
Damage Resistances cold; bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing from nonmagical attacks
Damage Immunities fire, poison
Condition Immunities poisoned
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 13
Languages Abyssal, Infernal
Challenge 4 (1,100 XP)

SPECIAL TRAITS

  • Amphibious. The mane can breathe air and water.
  • Drain Blood. As a bonus action, the blood mane may drain blood from a grappled foe. The foe suffers 6 (3d6) necrotic damage, and the blood mane gains a number of temporary hit points equal to the amount of damage the blood drain causes.
  • Pack Tactics. The mane has advantage on an attack roll against a target if at least one of the mane’s allies is within five feet of the mane and the ally isn’t incapacitated.
  • Sizzle. A creature that touches the blood mane or hits it with a melee attack while within five feet of it takes 3 (1d6) fire damage.

ACTIONS

  • Multiattack. The mane makes one Bite attack and one Claw attack.
  • Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 8 (1d8 + 4) piercing damage and 9 (2d8) fire damage. The target is grappled by the blood mane (Escape DC 14). The blood mane can grapple only one creature at time.
  • Claw. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 7 (1d6 + 4) slashing damage.

ABOUT

Manes are lesser devils who evolved from larvae or formless blobs of tortured flesh into the ravenous spirits of the underworld. Depending on the species, manes may have horns or scales that run down their back with coloration that denotes their species. Manes travel in packs that may be as small as a half dozen or as large as a hundred or even the thousands when under the direct command of greater demons or devils.

Blood manes have a huge vaguely humanoid head on a blood-soaked body that resembles a cross between a fish and some sort of amphibious hound. Sizzling flesh and the coppery stench of coagulating blood assails the nostrils in the presence of this creature of the Styx.

Blood manes are some of the most ferocious in the legions of manes dwelling in the underworld as they are brought up from the souls of war criminals cut down on the battlefield. Blood manes can be found in the Abyss where they participate in cannibalistic acts that leave only the strongest and meanest of their kind to survive.

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