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Salamander Monarch

Large elemental, chaotic evil

Armor Class 15 (natural armor)
Hit Points 253 (22d10 + 132)
Speed 30 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
21 (+5) 12 (+1) 23 (+6) 16 (+3) 20 (+5) 18 (+4)

Saving Throws Constitution +12, Wisdom +11, Charisma +10
Skills Arcana +9, Insight +11, Perception +11, Religion +9
Damage Vulnerabilities cold
Damage Resistances bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing from nonmagical attacks
Damage Immunities fire
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 21
Languages Common, Ignan
Challenge 18 (20,000 XP)

Special Traits

Actions

  • Multiattack. The salamander monarch makes one Spear attack and one Tail attack.
  • +2 Spear. Melee or Ranged Weapon Attack: +13 to hit, reach 10 ft. or range 20 ft./60 ft., one target. Hit: 10 (1d6+ 7) piercing damage, or 11 (1d8 + 7) piercing damage if used with two hands to make a melee attack, plus 14 (4d6) fire damage.
  • Tail. Melee Weapon Attack: +11 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 14 (2d8 + 5) bludgeoning damage plus 14 (4d6) fire damage, and the target is grappled (escape DC 18). Until this grapple ends, the target is restrained, the salamander can automatically hit the target with its tail, and the salamander can’t make tail attacks against other targets.

About

Salamanders are native to the Plane of Fire, where their legions of fierce warriors are much feared by the other inhabitants of the plane. Because some of the stronger elemental fire races enslave salamanders for their metalworking skill and fighting prowess, the salamanders hate the efreet and other inhabitants with a passion.

Though their lairs typically hover in temperatures of 500 degrees F or more, salamanders can tolerate lower temperatures. They generally do so only when forced, and are even surlier and more short-tempered than normal in such environments. Although they hail from the Plane of Fire, the salamander race identifies more with the Abyss, and they hold demons (particularly those associated with fire, like balors and certain fire-themed demon lords) in great esteem. It’s not unusual to encounter large groups of salamanders in the Abyss as a result.

Salamanders are often conjured to the Material Plane to serve as guardians or, more commonly, to craft weapons, armor, and other metalwork, for their skill in these areas is legendary. Salamanders also infest areas of the Material Plane where the boundaries between this world and the Plane of Fire have worn thin, such as in and near volcanoes.

Because their habitat is so extreme, salamanders only save treasure that can withstand high temperatures, such as swords, armor, jewels, rods, and other items made from high-melting-point metals. Salamander society is a cruel one based on power and the ability to subjugate those beneath oneself. Beings beneath a salamander that cause it discomfort are dealt a slow and painful death.

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