A lammasu (pronounced: /ˈlɑːmɑːsuː/ LA-ma-soo) is a noble and stern magical beast that looks like a cross between a lion and an eagle. Lammasus seek to promote goodness throughout the world, living in isolated ruins and abandoned temples. They speak Celestial, Common and Draconic.
The average lammasu is 2.4 m (8 ft) long and weighs about 225 kg (500 lbs).
Lammasus are noble and stern creatures who prefer isolation, but concern themselves with the well-being of good creatures in general. They are cordial in nature towards other good creatures and they are often willing to assist in combating evil. Although not immediately apparent, Lammasus are occasionally capable of compassion.
Lammasus will almost always join a fight if a good creature is in danger. They will attack evil creatures on sight. They possess sharp front claw. They can also cast cure critical wounds, cure serious wounds, and one in ten can cast holy word.
In AD&D 2nd edition, lammasus can turn invisible and use dimension door whenever they choose. However, in 3.5 edition, a lammasu can use greater invisibility on itself up to twice per day, and dimension door once per day.
- Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 8. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
- Jeff Grubb (July 1987). Manual of the Planes 1st edition. (TSR), p. 87. ISBN 0880383992.
- Belinda G. Ashley (December 1995). “The Ecology of the Lammasu”. In Pierce Watters ed. Dragon #224 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 114–116.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual 3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 166. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
- ↑ Frank Mentzer (January 1985). “Ay pronunseeAYshun gyd”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #93 (TSR, Inc.), p. 28.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual 3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 165. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Doug Stewart (June 1993). Monstrous Manual. (TSR, Inc), p. 218. ISBN 1-5607-6619-0.
- ↑ Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 8. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.