Demon, Hezrou

This fiend's armored flesh is scaly and moist. Its large, toothy mouth gapes below a pair of hungry, reptilian eyes.

Hezrou CR 11

XP 12,800

CE Large outsider (aquatic, chaotic, demon, evil, extraplanar)

Init +4; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +23

Aura stench (DC 24, 10 rounds)

Defense

AC 25, touch 9, flat-footed 25 (+16 natural, –1 size)

hp 145 (10d10+90)

Fort +16, Ref +3, Will +9

DR 10/good; Immune electricity, poison; Resist acid 10, cold 10, fire 10; SR 22

Offense

Speed 30 ft., swim 30 ft.

Melee bite +17 (4d4+8 plus grab), 2 claws +17 (1d8+8 plus grab)

Space 10 ft.; Reach 10 ft.

Special Attacks nausea

Spell-Like Abilities (CL 13th)

At will—chaos hammer (DC 18), greater teleport (self plus 50 lbs. of objects only), unholy blight (DC 18)

3/day—gaseous form

1/day—blasphemy (DC 21), summon (level 4, 1 hezrou 35%)

Statistics

Str 27, Dex 11, Con 29, Int 14, Wis 14, Cha 18

Base Atk +10; CMB +19 (+23 grapple); CMD 29

Feats Blind-Fight, Cleave, Great Cleave, Improved Initiative, Power Attack

Skills Climb +21, Escape Artist +10, Intimidate +14, Knowledge (arcana) +15, Perception +23, Spellcraft +15, Stealth +9, Swim +29; Racial Modifiers +8 Perception

Languages Abyssal, Celestial, Draconic; telepathy 100 ft.

SQ amphibious

Ecology

Environment any swamp (Abyss)

Organization solitary or gang (2–4)

Treasure standard

Special Abilities

Nausea (Ex) The noxious vapors and foul fluids that constantly weep and seethe from a hezrou's body are particularly heinous to those the creature grapples. Each round a creature is grappled by a hezrou, the grappled foe must make a DC 24 Fortitude save to avoid becoming nauseated. A creature nauseated in this manner remains nauseated until he succeeds on a DC 24 Fortitude save, or until a minute has passed during which he is not grappled by the hezrou, whichever condition comes first. The save DC is Constitution-based.

The hezrou dwells in the vast Abyssal swamps, mires, and waterways, equally at home on land and in the water. The presence of a hezrou has an obvious effect on the nearby flora and water, causing plant life to twist and knurl and infusing water with a foul odor and brackish taste—signs much easier to spot on the Material Plane than the Abyss. Long exposure to this corruption can cause vile transformations and hideous deformities. Often, entire backwater communities of deformed mutants owe their twisted countenances not as much to incest and poor breeding as they do to a hezrou's proximity.

Although quite intelligent, a hezrou can fairly be said to waste its intellect. They prefer the simple pleasures—slumber, the thrill of torture, the bliss of feasting on a living meal, or the joy of feeling something beautiful breaking and crumbling in a clenched fist. They do not often seek to build empires or lead cults—although few hezrous would turn away prospective minions who came to serve the demon on their own.

These monstrous and bestial creatures form from the souls of evil mortals who poisoned themselves, their kin, or their surroundings, such as drug addicts, assassins, and alchemists who cared not how their experiments polluted the environment.