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Note: This creature was originally published in Monster Manual I, heavily influenced by the way hags are treated in the Ravenloft setting.
Hags are evil spell-casting monsters that look like hideous old women. While most people think of hags as living in deep in the woods or in dank, dismal marshes, in reality, they can live anywhere, although they prefer ugly, remote places that are on the outskirts of civilized areas. No matter where they live, though, their pure evil pollutes and corrupts the nature world. Plants and small animals either die (or in the case of the animals, leave) or mutate into horrible forms.
Hags have access to many spells naturally, and many take spell-casting professions as well. They frequently use Illusion Disguise to take the form of a lovely young maiden, making it easier for them to lure people, especially men (whom they hate with a passion and view only as breeding stock) to their doom. They hate women as well, just not as passionately.
The offspring of a hag and any humanoid save ogres and ogre magi is always a baby hag. The offspring of a hag and an ogre is either another hag (75% chance) or a particularly cruel ogre magi. The offspring of a hag and an ogre magi has a 50-50 chance of either. Their ogrish offspring are always female. Sometimes, if the hag mated with a human or elf, dwarf, or other such being, the baby will look like a member of the father’s species. The hag will place those babies, cuckoo-like, in a place where they will be taken in and adopted by a member of that species. As they age, these girls prove to be unpleasant or even outright evil and typically unattractive. Upon reaching menopause, they transform into full-fledged hags.
|ST: 20||HP: 30||Speed: 6.00|
|DX: 11||Will: 15||Move: 6|
|IQ: 15||Per: 15|
|HT: 13||FP: 13||SM: 0|
|Dodge: 9||Parry: n/a||DR: 4*|
Claw (13): 2d+1 impaling or cutting. Reach C.
Evil Eye: Their evil glare curses those unlucky enough to meet it. If the hag wins a Quick Contest of her skill (16) against the victim's Will, the victim suffers from Unluckiness for a number of minutes equal to the amount by which he lost the contest. Range 20. This attack is vision-based.
Hideousness: Hags are so ugly that, when they choose to, anyone who sees them in their natural form or comes within 10 yards, regardless of whether or not he can see the hag, must make a Fright Check.
Weakening Touch (13): Their corrupting touch drains the life out of people, letting the hag leech 1 HP a second, and heal 1 HP of her own wounds for every 3 HP she steals. Reach C.
Traits: Bully (9); Callous; Damage Resistance 4 (Tough Skin); Energy Reserve 20; Extended Lifespan; Frightens Animals; High Pain Threshold; Intolerance (pretty much everyone); Lifebane; Loner (12); Magery 5; Mimicry; Odious Personal Habit (Eats sapient beings); Sadism (6); Selfish (9); Sharp Teeth; Talons; Temperature Tolerance 2.
Skills: Brawling-13; Herb Lore-15; Innate Attack (Gaze)-16; Naturalist-20; Pharmacy (Herbal)-15; Poisons-15; Stealth-16; Thaumatology-18.
Spells: Alter Voice-20; Beast Speech-20; Beast Summoning-20; Breathe Water-20; Charm-20; Communication-20; Complex Illusion-20; Detect Magic-20; Fear-20; Fog-20; Gloom-20; Illusion Disguise-20; Illusion Shell-20; Imitate Voice-20; Invisibility-20; Iron Arm-20; Mystic Mist-20; Perfect Illusion-20; Rider Within-20; Shape Darkness-20; Shape Light-20; Simple Illusion-20; Sleep-20; Sound-20; Voices-20; Zombie-20.
Class: Mundane (Humanoid).
Combat Effectiveness Rating: 93 (OR 58 and PR 35).
Notes: Truly evil. Willing to negotiate. In addition to the above spells, many hags become full-fledged wizards or sometimes even priests of evil gods (assuming they can find a god they don't hate). Young hags only have Magery 3; very old hags have Magery 6 or even higher. Mundane animals that live near hags for a long period of time either die or acquire the Corrupted Creature template. Hags sometimes take these corrupted creatures as allies. Hags often create herbal concoctions which they may sell to women, if those women are planning to do something awful with it. They don’t charge money but demand favors or that the women do something equally awful to deserve the concoction. Some hags live in the water and have Doesn’t Breathe (Gills), although they can still breathe air.
The Corrupted Creature template is here.
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