Green slaadi,[1] also known as curse slaads,[2] were unusually intelligent slaad shapechangers and spellcasters. Spawned from skilled arcane practitioners that underwent the slaad reproductive process, the gloating toads could eventually evolve into the more magically skilled gray slaads.[1]

Description[edit | edit source]

Green slaadi were physically similar to blue slaadi,[3] standing at least 7 ft (2.1 m) tall[4] but often sharing their height, weight and build, albeit being more gangly.[3] Their skin was mostly a pale, mottled green, but otherwise was also identical to that of the blue slaads.[3][5] They had high foreheads,[4] wide mouths and long claws,[3] although by slaadi standards their claws were actually short,[5] and the frog-like bipeds had the ability to take on other humanoid forms.[3]

A group of green slaads

Personality[edit | edit source]

Green slaadi were utterly selfish beings that thirsted for magical might and got defensive about their weaknesses.[3][4] By the standards of the common slaads, green slaadi possessed a great amount of intelligence,[1][3][4] having some knowledge of the arcane[1] and being skilled in deceit and intimidation.[2] However, given the primitive nature of red and blue slaadi, sizable intellect by their standards translated to the average intellect of ordinary mortals,[1][3][4] and they could still fall victim to loutish behavior.[3] Their primary flaw was their arrogance and haughtiness, as during times of victory they had been known to waste time boasting and blustering.[3][4]

Abilities[edit | edit source]

While by no means weak, having strength somewhat comparable to that of the blue slaadi, green slaads weren't particularly adept at melee. Instead, they specialized in the use of spell-like abilities, and had been reported to be capable of casting the spells fear, darkness, telekinesis, invisibility, detect invisibility, detect thoughts, detect magic, locate object, produce flame, shatter, and even different forms of fireball, although no individual green slaad was known to be able of casting all of them.[1][3][4][5]

They could also polymorph themselves into humanoid forms of various sizes, typically those of their former hosts or selves, and the transformation couldn't be dispelled by outside forces, although they could turn back whenever they wanted and reverted to normal upon death. Truesight would reveal their slaad forms, but the change was still physical, altering their bodies and not their clothes.[1][3][4] They had the power to summon other green slaadi, as well as red, blue and possibly even gray varieties.[4][5]

Other reported strengths included an immunity to non-enchanted weapons,[4] the ability to teleport others, manipulate chaotic energy either in bolts or bursts[2] and travel between planes.[5] Purportedly, their forehead symbols functioned similarly to phylacteries; so long as they were intact when a green slaad was killed, they would reincarnate as a blue slaad after 24 hours and turn back into green slaads after a year and a day had passed.[5]

Combat[edit | edit source]

Green slaadi favored using their spell-like abilities to fight from afar, hurling energy at their foes and teleporting other slaads into close quarters.[2][4] They did what was in their power to keep other foes at bay[2] and possessed enough self-preservation instinct to avoid fighting to the death, but wouldn't hesitate to enter melee combat if pressed. Despite their concern for their safety, they were known to stop and brag to their enemies even in the middle of combat, their egotism overpowering their better judgement.[3][4]

Society[edit | edit source]

Green slaadi could operate in pairs or in gangs with up to five or six members, but would only do so if it would help them accomplish their immediate goals.[3][4] They were often born with significantly greater status than red and blue slaadi and normally acquired much more over time.[4]

Ecology[edit | edit source]

When an arcane spellcaster, or sometimes just a sufficiently powerful host, was transformed by a blue slaad's chaos phage or used by a red slaad to hatch a tadpole, the result was sometimes a green slaad.[1][4] As opposed to when the process yielded red or blue slaadi, where the parent abandoned them to be raised by the slaad of the opposite color, green slaadi were nurtured and favored by both types with careful concern. They properly matured at around 10-12 years old and were already of higher status than their parent.[4]

Metamorphosis[edit | edit source]

In their unending search for more magical power, green slaadi, at some unknown point in their lives, eventually discovered the means to instigate a permanent magical transformation.[1][3] Knowledge of the transformation wasn't learned as much as it was unlocked, instinctively and unpredictably figured out late in their lives. The realization could take years or decades to come across, most commonly taking about a century or more, and slaadi that survived to such an age normally retreated into isolation for a minimum of a year. The lucky few that came back returned as gray slaads, having instantaneously transformed into the higher form after a certain point, fortunately for them with their memories intact.[1][4] However, the majority never completed the metamorphosis and never returned, presumably having dissolved into the raw, primordial chaos of Limbo after being broken down into their basic essences.[4][7]

Subraces[edit | edit source]

A green slaad madjack

There also existed variant green slaadi known as madjacks that suffered from insane visions so infectious that they extended beyond their own psyches. They could project madness into the minds of others, sometimes just as a reaction to being harmed, and let loose horrible croaks that ruined the minds of those nearby. Unlike ordinary green slaads, they had no qualms about diving into combat and sowing chaos amongst their adversaries, although if seriously they hurt they tried to get back and metally damaged their enemies from a distance.[8]

Notable Green Slaadi[edit | edit source]

  • Grellon the Green, a powerful slaadi born from a pit fiend who knew the paths of Gehenna, Hades and Carceri, and served as a charitable guide and protector for travelers in the lower planes. It was thought by herself and others that she was compelled to balance the cruelty of her environment through good acts and that she would become meaner if taken to the upper planes, although it was hard to test such a theory since other slaads acted strangely protective of her and she could only be found if she wished to be.[9]

Appendix[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Tales of the Outer PlanesDungeon #84, "The Harrowing"Out of the Abyss
Video Games
Neverwinter Nights: Tyrants of the Moonsea
Organized Play & Licensed Adventurers
Dark Pyramid of Sorcerer's Isle
Card Games
Blood Wars

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford, Christopher Perkins (2014-09-30). Monster Manual 5th edition. Edited by Scott Fitzgerald Gray. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 274–276. ISBN 978-0786965614.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Mike Mearls, Stephen Schubert, James Wyatt (June 2008). Monster Manual 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 238. 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 Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet and Monte Cook (October 2000). Monster Manual 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 228–230. ISBN 0-7869-1552-1.
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 4.16 4.17 4.18 Allen Varney, ed. (June 1994). Planescape Monstrous Compendium Appendix. (TSR, Inc.), pp. 88–90. ISBN 978-1560768623.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 Don Turnbull (1981). Fiend Folio. (TSR Hobbies), pp. 80–81. ISBN 0-9356-9621-0.
  6. Claire Hoffman (2015-03-01). Dark Pyramid of Sorcerer's Isle (DDEX1-11) (PDF). D&D Adventurers League: Tyranny of Dragons (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 5, 33.
  7. Edward Bonny (September 1995). “The Dragon's Bestiary: Lords of Chaos”. In Wolfgang Baur ed. Dragon #221 (TSR, Inc.), p. 72.
  8. Ari Marmell, Bruce R. Cordell, Luke Johnson (December 2009). The Plane Below. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 143, 145. ISBN 978-0786952496.
  9. Colin McComb, Monte Cook (July 1996). “The Dark of the War”. In Ray Vallese ed. Hellbound: The Blood War (TSR, Inc.), p. 32. ISBN 0-7869-0407-0.

Connections[edit | edit source]

Impulsive Beings of Inherent Chaos
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