Medusae were monstrous beings with bodies that are covered in scales and rather than hair, they had a writhing mass of serpents growing from their scalp.
The blood of medusae had special properties that allowed it reverse the process of petrification when applied to a creature.
The eyes of a medusa were feared, because to look in their eyes was to invite death. A female's gaze would instantly transform living flesh into lifeless stone, while a male's gaze would daze and weaken.
Many medusae were considered skilled archers and were known to coat arrows with their poisoned saliva.
Medusae prefered to live alone in small groups, but they desired treasures and dominance over other races most of all. They were typically seen in the company of creatures who were immune to their gaze, such as grimlocks and gargoyles, though they were also known to gather humanoid servants.
In the Utter East, they were known as "gorgons" (not to be confused with the iron-skinned bulls of the same name). Unlike traditional medusa, they had no legs, but rather a snake's tail to slither on. While their venomous look could petrify a living creature, it was temporary, usually. They lurked within the ruins of Phantom Pass and Old Stone Keep and in the Puzzle Palace.[note 1]
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- ↑ Blood & Magic's artwork and terminology do not closely match typical D&D monsters. The Gorgon unit is a neutral enemy unit. While it takes after the D&D medusa in key respects, its name is taken from the mythological gorgon, while its snake body is a product of other fantasy works, like Clash of the Titans (1981).
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- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Wizards RPG Team (2014). Monster Manual 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 214. ISBN 978-0786965614.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Mike Mearls, Stephen Schubert, James Wyatt (June 2008). Monster Manual 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 186. ISBN 978-0-7869-4852-9.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual 3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 180. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
- ↑ David "Zeb" Cook et al. (1989). Monstrous Compendium Volume One. (TSR, Inc), p. 90. ISBN 0-8803-8738-6.
- ↑ Gary Gygax (December 1977). Monster Manual, 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 66. ISBN 0-9356-9600-8.
- ↑ Doug Stewart (June 1993). Monstrous Manual. (TSR, Inc), p. 248. ISBN 1-5607-6619-0.
- ↑ Doug Stewart (June 1993). Monstrous Manual. (TSR, Inc), p. 247. ISBN 1-5607-6619-0.
- ↑ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medusa_(Dungeons_%26_Dragons)#cite_note-0
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 Mike Mearls, Stephen Schubert, James Wyatt (June 2008). Monster Manual 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 187. ISBN 978-0-7869-4852-9.
- ↑ Tachyon Studios (November 1996). Designed by Brian Fargo. Blood & Magic. Interplay.