A lammasu (pronounced: /ˈlɑːmɑːsuː/ LA-ma-soo) was a noble and stern magical beast that looked like a cross between a lion and an eagle. Lammasus sought to promote goodness throughout the world, living in isolated ruins and abandoned temples. They spoke Celestial, Common, and Draconic.
The average lammasu was eight feet (two meters) long and weighed about 500 pounds (225 kilograms).
Lammasus were noble and stern creatures who preferred isolation but concerned themselves with the well-being of good creatures in general. They were cordial in nature towards other good creatures, and they were often willing to assist in combating evil. Although not immediately apparent, lammasus were occasionally capable of compassion.
Lammasus would almost always join a fight if a good creature was in danger. They would attack evil creatures on sight. They possessed sharp front claws. They could also cast cure critical wounds, cure serious wounds, and one in ten could cast holy word.
According to early scholars, lammasus could turn invisible and use dimension door whenever they chose. However, later scholars claimed that a lammasu was limited to using greater invisibility on itself up to twice per day and dimension door once per day.
- 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.
- ↑ Gary Gygax (December 1977). Monster Manual, 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 59. ISBN 0-9356-9600-8.
- ↑ Frank Mentzer (January 1985). “Ay pronunseeAYshun gyd”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #93 (TSR, Inc.), p. 28.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual 3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 165. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 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.