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Night hags are incredibly evil creatures hailing from the Fiendish Planes.
They are known for their mercilessness and ability to walk in the dreams of others. In the fiendish planes they are powerful creatures, being the creators of the process that creates altraloths, powerful unique yugoloths, but much more commonly known for being able to harvest soul larvae which are used as currency in the Abyss, Blood Rift and Nine Hells. They also have an affinity for nightmares.
A night hag stands between five and seven feet tall. She has ugly features, blue-violet skin, and burning red eyes. Many night hags have horns of some sort. Their hands end in impossibly long fingers with sharp talons. The body of a night hag appears to be skeletally thin; however, they possess a great strength fueled by the hatred of all beautiful things.
A night hag is always neutral evil. A night hag has an array of magical powers, and can transmit a disease called "demon fever" by biting a victim. Night hags are also able to torment chaotic or evil individuals by invading their dreams using a special item called a "heartstone." This process eventually transforms the victim into a larva unless some force capable of affecting ethereal beings puts a stop to it.
Night hags, being exclusively female, can only reproduce by mating with a male member of another species, typically a member of a civilized race. The hag often slays her mate. The child born looks like a normal member of her species with black or blue hair and is often given into foster care by the hag disguised as a normal woman. When the young girl reaches puberty, the mother night hag might visit the child several times and, after several rituals, transforms her offspring into another hag. Interrupting one of the thirteen rituals that takes place ceases the process of transformation.
For reasons unknown, some night hags give birth to accursed offspring known as dusk hags.
Cegilune is the goddess of the night hags.
- F. Wesley Schneider (October 2004). “The Ecology of the Night hag”. In Matthew Sernett ed. Dragon #324 (Paizo Publishing, LLC), pp. 66–69.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Wizards RPG Team (2014). Monster Manual 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 178. ISBN 978-0786965614.
- ↑ Mike Mearls, Stephen Schubert, James Wyatt (June 2008). Monster Manual 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 151. ISBN 978-0-7869-4852-9.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual 3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 193–194. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
- ↑ Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual 3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 313. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
- ↑ Richard Baker, James Wyatt (March 2004). Player's Guide to Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 142–165. ISBN 0-7869-3134-5.
- ↑ Ed Bonny (1997). “Pox of the Planes”. In Dave Gross ed. Dragon Annual #2 (TSR, Inc.), p. 104.
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