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Giant, Geryon

Large giant, neutral

Armor Class 20 (cuirass, shields)
Hit Points 75 (10d10 + 20)
Speed 40 ft., fly 40 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
23 (+6) 8 (-1) 15 (+2) 12 (+1) 10 (+0) 18 (+4)

Skills Animal Handling +3, Perception +9, Persuasion +7, Survival +3
Senses passive Perception 19
Languages Common, Giant
Challenge 6 (2,300 XP)

Special Traits

  • Three Heads. The geryon has advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks and on saving throws against being blinded, charmed, deafened, frightened, stunned, and knocked unconscious.
  • Wakeful. When one of the geryon’s heads is asleep, its other head is awake.

Actions

  • Multiattack. The geryon makes three attacks with its dory spears.
  • Dory Spear. Melee Weapon Attack: +9 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 15 (2d8 + 6) piercing damage.

About

This bizarre giant has the bodies of three men joined into one at the belly, but splitting into three again from the flanks and thighs down. A pair of huge bat wings juts from the middle torso’s back.

Geryons are herdsman by trade and are experts at monitoring their sheep with their three sets of eyes. Geryons are leaders of men and are often valued as national treasures by city-states where they rule. Crossing a geryon means crossing its servants and even entire armies. They are fond of orthus hounds and often keep them domesticated.

King of Erytheia. The original geryon giant was a ruler of the island of Erytheia, where he kept magnificent oxen.

Hercules was commanded by Eurystheus to fetch Geryon’s oxen. Landing in Libya, Diodorus made Hercules collect a large fleet in Crete to sail against Crysaor, a king of Iberia. Hercules performed many feats along the way, having earned a golden boat from Helios. It was in that boat that he slew Geryon and his minions.

Adult geryons are about 13 feet tall and weigh 5,200 pounds. They live about 75 years.

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