This hairless mountain of slick raw burning flesh seems to constantly sizzle and ooze with the stench of burning fat. Two long meaty arms sprout from a hugely obese frame; its head appears to be little more than a bald sloping brow with black pits for eyes. Its maw splits open to reveal cavernous jaws, teeth glowing like huge red hot coals.
AC 37, touch 7, flat-footed 32 (+4 Dex, +1 dodge, +30 natural, –8 size)
Speed 30 ft.
Str 39, Dex 18, Con 26, Int 12, Wis 14, Cha 12
A cherum heals only if it is touching a flame or lava pool that covers at least an area equal to its space (30-foot area).
Environment warm mountains
The cherum is an abomination born of intense heat and crushing despair. Often making their homes in lava sprues, they are thought to be the rejected offspring of a fire deity (or at least the creation of said deity). As such, they are often worshipped as divine beings by primitive folk who offer virgin sacrifices to appease the “God of the Mountain.” The cherum greedily devours such gifts, demanding more and more delicate flesh to feed its insatiable appetite. A cherum’s deific background subjects it to fits of rage that can be felt for miles (especially when the cherum goes on a rampage and destroys the countryside). Though neutral by nature, cherum are often on decent terms with fire giants and other fire-based creatures that dwell near them. Though they do not trade with such creatures and rarely, if ever, aid them in time of need, they do not usually attack or demand homage from said creatures either. Cherum do not associate with dragons of any sort, especially red dragons for whom they have a great hatred.
A cherum stands about 70 feet tall and weighs well over 40,000 pounds. Cherum are known to climb from a pool of molten magma, stretch forth their massive arms and devour everything in their grasp. They have little fear of dragons, demons, devils, or foolish adventurers who wander too close to their lair. They seek to grab and swallow everything smaller than themselves. If a fight goes against a cherum, it attempts to flee by diving into the nearest pool of lava and wait for its aggressors to leave as it heals. Should this fail, it fights on to the death.
Cherum from the Tome of Horrors Complete, Copyright 2011, Necromancer Games, Inc., published and distributed by Frog God Games; Author Scott Greene.