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Ghargatulas were massive, ferocious baatezu devils sometimes used to guard important locations.[1] Despite being extremely powerful, these fiends were considered to be among the lower caste of lesser devils.[2]

Description

Ghargatulas towered at 25 feet (7.6 meters) tall, and could easily be mistaken for dragons or fiendish dinosaurs at first by their sheer size alone. However, their actual shape revealed that they were no such thing; no hint of a drake's grace or structure could be found in the bipedal mound of a ghargatula's form, their dark, jagged, almost craggy flesh mirroring the hellish wastelands in which they dwelt. Dozens of mismatched, many-jointed arms covered their bodies, each sporting one or more claws, and each had a prehensile, 15‑foot-long (4.6‑meter) tail ending in a stinger coal-black with venom. Most striking of all was the massive maw that took up most of a ghargatula's head, housing its dagger-sized teeth, short-sword length tusks, and fetid breath.[1][3]

Personality

Ghargatulas were deadly but dim creatures which, unless put to work, would kill anything they came across, including other devils.[1]

Abilities

A ghargatla could engulf an entire human in their maws with one bite, swallowing them whole, and keep larger creatures pinned in their mighty jaws. They also had the common devilish resistances, as well as regenerative powers stopped only by holy or blessed, enchanted weapons. If one managed to cut their way out of their innards, muscular action would close the hole, forcing a newly trapped individual to carve out a new one. Their tails whipped around their massive bodies and delivered a poison that impaired one's ability to move.[1][3]

Like other devils, ghargatulas had telepathic abilities and the ability to summon other baatezu. However, unlike their kin, they were generally lacking in magic powers, and their attempt to summon was weak, with only a one-in-four chance of calling a cornugon once per day.[1]

Combat

Lacking the magic of other baatezu, ghargatula were straightforward yet incredibly savage combatants, relying on their sheer physical power in combat.[1] They compressed their ungainly form to better attack smaller prey, squatting low to snap at them with their jaws.[3]

Ecology

If not wandering the warmer layers of Hell causing carnage, ghargatulas were employed to protect the significant places of Baator, such as palaces and cathedrals,[1] a large number for example roaming Baalzebul's residence and acting as his personal guards.[4]

Biology

Ghargatulas, like other baatezu, had darkvision able to penetrate deeper darkness.[1] Their keen sense of smell allowed them to locate hidden foes (including invisible ones) immediately and track by smell, though not differentiate between copies in the same relative area, such as those made through illusion magic.[1]

Appendix

Appearances

Novels
Realms of the Elves: Traitors

References

Connections

Baatezu

Least: LemureNupperiboSpinagon
Lesser: Abishai (BlackBlueGreenRedWhite)BarbazuErinyesExcruciarchGhargatulaHamatula (Stony devil)KocrachonMerregonOsyluthWar devilXerfilstyx
Greater: AmnizuCornugonGelugonLogokronNarzugonOrthonPaeliryonPit fiend
Baatezu of unknown rank: AdvespaDogaiGulthirJerul

Miscellaneous Devils
AratonBurning devilFimbrul devilHellcatHellwaspImp (BloodbagEuphoricFilth)KalabonKytonSeared devilStitched devilSuccubusTar devil
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