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Androsphinxes (pronounced: /ˈændrsfɪŋksÆN-dro-sfinks[6] about this audio file listen) were the males of the sphinx species.[5][3]


While they tended to be short-tempered and terse, androsphinxes possessed good-natured ideals and always attempted to do the right thing.[3]


Androsphinxes were physically very powerful creatures and had terrifying,[5][3] deafening roars that could be heard from miles away that could inspire fear in other creatures to such a point that they would become momentarily paralyzed. Those standing within 3 feet (0.91 meters) were liable to be deafened and even knocked over if small enough.[5]


These creatures had innate magical abilities,[3] with some being capable of casting clerical spells.[5]



These creatures were typically capable of speaking both their own unique language and Common.[5][3][1] Some were also known to speak Draconic[3]


Many andros shunned the company of their female counterparts, gynosphinxes, as they resented their greater intellects and neutral-dispositions.[5]

Androsphinxes were favored monsters of the elven deities Aerdrie Faenya and Solonor Thelandira, the dwarven god Vergadain, the Mulhorandi god Horus-Re, and the god Nobanion. They would sometimes send them as messengers to their followers.[7]




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Further reading


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford, Christopher Perkins (2014-09-30). Monster Manual 5th edition. Edited by Scott Fitzgerald Gray. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 280–281. ISBN 978-0786965614.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mike Mearls, Stephen Schubert, James Wyatt (June 2008). Monster Manual 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 245. ISBN 978-0-7869-4852-9.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual v.3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 232–233. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Doug Stewart (June 1993). Monstrous Manual. (TSR, Inc), p. 324. ISBN 1-5607-6619-0.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 Gary Gygax (December 1977). Monster Manual, 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 89. ISBN 0-935696-00-8.
  6. Frank Mentzer (January 1985). “Ay pronunseeAYshun gyd”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #93 (TSR, Inc.), p. 25.
  7. Sean K. Reynolds (2002-05-04). Deity Do's and Don'ts (Zipped PDF). Web Enhancement for Faiths and Pantheons. Wizards of the Coast. pp. 8, 10, 12–14. Archived from the original on 2016-11-01. Retrieved on 2018-09-08.


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