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Deathfangs were a type of undead created from the body of a flying snake.[1][2]

Description[]

These creatures measured the same length as a flying snake, around 4 feet (1.2 meters), but they had body wings that could not move as much air.

Abilities[]

Deathfangs lacked the acidic spittle of their living counterparts.[1][2] Much like any undead they had an immunity to cold-based spells or abilities, as well as charm, hold, sleep, and death magic spells. Additionally, once they had their fangs sunk into an enemy a death fang could drain a foe of their positive energy.[2]

They could only be mentally controlled or influenced by the one who created them.[2]

Combat[]

Deathfangs fought in a similar manner to living flying snakes.[2]

History[]

In 1358 DR,[3][4][note 1] deathfangs could be found in some of the monster filled pit traps of Undermountain.[5]

Ecology[]

Creation[]

There were a few different ways that a flying snake could be turned into a deathfang. One way, though rare, was by being killed by a vampire or greater undead. Another means was by evil priests and wizards with specialized knowledge, using spells[2] such as create undead.[1]

Habitats[]

The use of death fangs in the Realms was largely limited to Calimshan and other areas in Faerûn that were south of the continent's northwest region.[2]

Relationships[]

Some evil-aligned necromancers took on deathfangs as familiars.[1][6]

Appendix[]

Notes[]

  1. This is derived from the date given in Cloak & Dagger for the death of Flaern Cragsmere, mentioned in the Undermountain Adventures booklet in this boxed set.

Appearances[]

Adventures
The Ruins of Undermountain

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Reynolds, Forbeck, Jacobs, Boyd (March 2003). Races of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 175–176. ISBN 0-7869-2875-1.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Ed Greenwood (1991). “Monstrous Compendium sheets”. In Steven E. Schend ed. The Ruins of Undermountain (TSR, Inc.). ISBN 1-5607-6061-3.
  3. Steven E. Schend, Sean K. Reynolds and Eric L. Boyd (June 2000). Cloak & Dagger. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 99. ISBN 0-7869-1627-3.
  4. Ed Greenwood (1991). “Undermountain Adventures”. In Steven E. Schend ed. The Ruins of Undermountain (TSR, Inc.), p. 19. ISBN 1-5607-6061-3.
  5. Ed Greenwood (1991). “Trap Cards”. In Steven E. Schend ed. The Ruins of Undermountain (TSR, Inc.). ISBN 1-5607-6061-3.
  6. Reynolds, Forbeck, Jacobs, Boyd (March 2003). Races of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 165. ISBN 0-7869-2875-1.

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