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Night hags were incredibly evil creatures that lived in the Lower Planes.[2] They were known for their mercilessness and ability to walk in the dreams of others. In the Fiendish planes, they were powerful creatures and the developers of the process that created altraloths, powerful unique yugoloths,[9] but much more commonly known for being able to harvest larvae, which were used as currency in the Abyss, Blood Rift, and Nine Hells.[10] They also had an affinity for nightmares.[11]

DescriptionEdit

Night hags were about as tall as human women. They had ugly features and blue-violet skin covered with warts, blisters, and sores. Their eyes burned red with malevolence.[4] Their hands ended in jet-black talons.[5]

CombatEdit

A night hag had an array of magical powers, and could transmit a disease called demon fever by biting a victim. Night hags were also able to torment individuals by invading their dreams, inserting fear and doubt into their minds night after night, until they expired. They did so by going into the Ethereal plane using a special item called a heartstone. If this process led the victim to perform evil deeds, it eventually transformed the victim into a larva unless some force capable of affecting ethereal beings put a stop to it.[4][2]

SocietyEdit

Like all hags, night hags reproduced by devouring human infants that they stole from their cradles or from their mothers' wombs. After one week they gave birth to a seemingly human girl, whom the hag sometimes even returned to the original human for foster care. On the girl's thirteenth birthday, she transformed into a hag with identical features to the original hag who spawned her.[2]

ReligionEdit

Cegilune was the goddess of the hags.[6]

HistoryEdit

Night hags were once native to the Feywild, but their extreme evil led to their exile to Hades, from where they spread throughout the Lower Planes.[2]

Notable Night HagsEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 J. Paul LaFountain (1991). Monstrous Compendium: Outer Planes Appendix. Edited by Timothy B. Brown. (TSR, Inc.), p. 56. ISBN 1-56076-055-9.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 Wizards RPG Team (2014). Monster Manual 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 178. ISBN 978-0786965614.
  3. Mike Mearls, Stephen Schubert, James Wyatt (June 2008). Monster Manual 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 151. ISBN 978-0-7869-4852-9.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual 3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 193–194. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Gary Gygax (December 1977). Monster Manual, 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 73. ISBN 0-9356-9600-8.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Colin McComb (1996). On Hallowed Ground. Edited by Ray Vallese. (TSR, Inc), p. 176. ISBN 0-7869-0430-5.
  7. Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual 3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 313. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
  8. Richard Baker, James Wyatt (March 2004). Player's Guide to Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 142–165. ISBN 0-7869-3134-5.
  9. Ed Bonny (1997). “Pox of the Planes”. In Dave Gross ed. Dragon Annual #2 (TSR, Inc.), p. 104.
  10. Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford, Christopher Perkins, James Wyatt (2014). Dungeon Master's Guide 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 63. ISBN 978-0786965622.
  11. Doug Stewart (June 1993). Monstrous Manual. (TSR, Inc), p. 269. ISBN 1-5607-6619-0.
  12. Adam Lee, Christopher Perkins (September 17, 2019). Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 80. ISBN 0786966769.
  13. Christopher Perkins, Will Doyle, Steve Winter (September 19, 2017). Tomb of Annihilation. Edited by Michele Carter, Scott Fitzgerald Gray. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 180. ISBN 978-0-7869-6610-3.

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