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Giant, Argus

Huge giant, lawful neutral

Armor Class 16 (chainmail)
Hit Points 184 (16d12 + 60)
Speed 30 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
22 (+6) 15 (+2) 20 (+5) 17 (+3) 23 (+6) 16 (+3)

Skills Insight +9, Perception +109
Senses truesight 120 ft., passive Perception 119
Languages Common, Giant
Challenge 7 (2,900 XP)

Special Traits

  • Multiple Eyes. The argus has advantage on saving throws against being blinded.
  • Vigilant. The argus can’t be surprised.
  • Wakeful. While the argus sleeps, at least one of its pairs of eyes are awake.

Actions

  • Multiattack. The argus attacks twice with its greatclub or makes one greatclub attack and uses Weird Insight once.
  • Greatclub. Melee Weapon Attack: +9 to hit, reach 15 ft., one target. Hit: 19 (3d8 + 6) bludgeoning damage.
  • Weird Insight. The argus targets one creature it can see within 30 feet of it. The target must contest its Charisma (Deception) check against the argus’ Wisdom (Insight) check. If the argus wins, it magically learns one fact or secret about the target. The target automatically wins if it is immune to being charmed.

About

This huge giant’s head is covered with one hundred eyes, each blinking at different times so it never misses a thing.

Argus giants are the perfect guardians. They are called the “All Seeing” because they have one hundred eyes in their heads, sleeping two at a time while the rest remain on guard.

Sacred to Hera. The original argos giant was named Panoptes, who lived in the Argolis in the Peloponnese.

When Zeus was consorting with the nymph Io, Hera discovered them in the act. Zeus quickly transformed Io into a white heifer, but Hera was not deceived and demanded the animal as a gi ft. She appointed Panoptes as its guard. Panoptes’ achievements were legendary: he slew a bull that ravaged Arcaida, a satyr robber, the serpent Echidna, and the murderers of Apis. Distressed, Zeus sent Hermes on a rescue mission. Hermes lulled Panoptes to sleep with his music and then cut off his head. Distressed, Hera placed Panoptes eyes on the feathers of a peacock.

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