The roiling mass of darkness emits a maddening squeal. Long tentacles, each one ending in bony jaws and sharp teeth, writhe outward from the monster’s body.
AC 24, touch 12, flat-footed 20 (+4 Dex, +12 natural, -2 size)
Speed 10 ft., fly 60 ft. (perfect)
Str 27, Dex 18, Con 24, Int 15, Wis 10, Cha 18
The herensugue can emit a noise that reminds the listener of its darkest fears and greatest phobias. Any creature within 60 feet that fails on DC 20 Will save when the herensugue emits a horrifying trill is paralyzed for 1d4 rounds. This is a sonic, mind-affecting, fear effect. The save DC is Charisma-based. A creature that successfully saves is immune to the same herensugue’s horrifying trill for 24 hours.
Although the herensugue cannot speak, their skeletal jaws can emit noises that mimic music, laughter and voices. Any creature within 60 feet of a herensugue while it makes such noises must succeed on a DC 20 Will save or walk towards the source of the sounds. A victim under the effects of the lure moves toward the herensugue using the most direct means available. If the path leads them into a dangerous area such as through fire or off a cliff, that creature receives a second saving throw to end the effect before moving into peril. Captivated creatures can take no actions other than to defend themselves. A victim within 5 feet of the herensugue simply stands there. This effect continues for as long as the herensugue emits sounds and for 1 round thereafter. The effect ends immediately if the herensugue attacks an affected creature. This is a sonic, mind-affecting, charm effect. The save DC is Charisma-based. A creature that successfully saves is not subject to the same herensugue’s lure for 24 hours.
As a full-round action, the herensugue can use either its horrifying trill or lure ability and make two melee attacks in the same round.
Environment any (Abyss)
Organization solitary, pair or cloud (3-6)
Demons of the air, herensugue stalk rain clouds and cy-clones, or lurk in the foul vapors trapped in deep caverns and desolate tombs. They prefer darkness, where their undulating, amorphous bodies become nearly invisible. Herensugue lay in wait at crossroads and areas of high traffic. When suitable victims approach, the herensugue draws them within reach and consumes them.
A herensugue resembles a dark cloud at the center of smoky tendrils. A skeletal jaw at the end of each tendril can tear into foes with a nasty bite or emit strange sounds that imitate speech or scream with the horrors of the abyss. If ever grounded for some reason, a herensugue pulls itself along the ground with these same appendages.
The herensugue arrived on the Material Plane fleeing the onslaught of the kirin. The two races had waged an eons-long war for control of the Plane of Air, but the kirin eventually prevailed. In a final act of revenge, the herensugue laid a trap for their mortal enemies. When the kirin armies followed them through the gate, the herensugue enacted a ritual curse. No kirin could return to their home until the final herensugue was slain.
That was thousands of years ago and the kirin remain trapped. In order to prolong the suffering of their ancient foes, herensugue attempt to keep their locations secret. They hide in deep caverns below the earth or in remote mountain caves. Only their need to torture and slay lesser creatures brings them out into the open.
In combat, a herensugue attempts to lure creatures into range of its bite. It uses many throats to keep some victims docile while it deals with opponents that can resist its abilities.