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Gorgon, Low

Large aberration (titanspawn), neutral evil

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
21 (+5) 12 (+1) 22 (+6) 6 (-2) 13 (+1) 11 (+0)

Armor Class 15 (natural armor)
Hit Points 126 (11d10 + 66)
Speed 40 ft., swim 30 ft.
Skills Perception +4
Damage Resistances acid, cold, psychic
Damage Immunities poison
Condition Immunities paralyzed, poisoned
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 14
Languages Gorgon, Titan Speech (can’t speak)
Challenge 8 (3,900 XP)

Special Traits

  • Keen Smell. The low gorgon has advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on smell.
  • Magic Resistance. The low gorgon has advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical effects.

    Serpentine Ancestry. Magic can’t put the low gorgon to sleep.

Actions

  • Multiattack. The low gorgon makes four attacks: a bite, two claws, and a tail slam.
  • Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 12 (2d6 + 5) piercing damage plus 13 (3d8) acid damage.
  • Claw. Melee Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 9 (1d8 + 5) slashing damage.
  • Tail Slam. Melee Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 12 (2d6 + 5) bludgeoning damage.

Tactics

Low gorgons will vigorously defend high gorgons, attacking any enemies relentlessly. They have no particular strategy other than to kill all threats. At least their presence is a warning to others: if you see low gorgons patrolling an area, you can be sure that a high gorgon is near.

Description

There are actually two varieties of gorgons in the Scarred Lands: the bestial low gorgon, and the humanoid high gorgon. Although they seem as different as humans are from lions, both varieties of gorgon are actually aberrations, and repulsively, they are also completely interfertile — the males of either species can fertilize females of either kind. In either case, they lay clutches of up half a dozen eggs, one in five of which typically hatches into a high gorgon, while the rest become low gorgons.

It seems impossible that the bestial low gorgons are related to their humanoid-seeming cousins, but that’s exactly the case. Where the high gorgons are intelligent and subtle, low gorgons are relentless and savage.

A low gorgon looks like a reptilian version of a lion, with a mass of writhing tentacles or snaky tendrils where a lion’s mane would be. Its dark-green scales are thick, almost metallic, and its long, flexible tail ends in a bony knob, much like a great mace.

Dull, Yet Trainable. Low gorgons are rather more common than high gorgons, but they still tend to avoid civilization unless their kin imported them. A few people have managed to train low gorgons as watch-beasts by raising them from the egg, but the vicious, cunning creatures have to be monitored carefully at all times lest they turn on their masters at the first opportunity.

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