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Dantha'Sule, Hag of Stor-gris

Large Monstrous Humanoid

Hit Dice: 7d8+12d8+76 (169 hp)
Initiative: +3
Speed: 40 ft. (8 squares)
Armor Class: 20 (-1 size, +2 deflection, -1 Dex, +10 natural), touch 8, flat-footed 25
Base Attack/Grapple: +16/+27
Attack: Claw +24 melee (1d8+8)
Full Attack: 2 claws +24 melee (1d8+8) and bite +19 melee (1d6+4)
Space/Reach: 10 ft./10 ft.
Special Attacks: Improved grab, rake, rend 2d6+10, spell-like abilities, clerical spells, death touch, life stealing
Special Qualities: Damage reduction 2/bludgeoning, darkvision 60 ft., spell resistance 19
Saves: Fort +16, Ref +8, Will +17
Abilities: Str 26, Dex 8, Con 18, Int 14, Wis 18, Cha 14
Skills: Bluff +12, Concentration +17, Diplomacy +15, Disguise +4 (+6 acting), Intimidate +12, Knowledge Religion +15, Listen +13, Spellcraft +15, Spot +13
Feats: Alertness, Blind-Fight, Great Fortitude, Improved Initiative, Improved Natural attack (claw), Scribe Scroll, Combat Expertise

Environment: Fortress / City dwelling
Treasure: Double Standard
Alignment: Chaotic evil
Challenge Rating: 16

Dantha 'Sule can speak Elven, Blackspeech (Orc) and Blackspeech (Giant).

Improved Grab (Ex): To use this ability, an annis must hit a Large or smaller opponent with a claw attack. It can then attempt to start a grapple as a free action without provoking an attack of opportunity.

Life Stealing (Su): Dantha'sule's claws are imbued with the abilities of a sword of life stealing. On a critical hit, her opponents gain a negative level and she gains 1d6 temporary hit points.

Rake (Ex): Attack bonus +13 melee, damage 1d6+7. An annis can attack a grappled foe with both claws at no penalty.

Rend (Ex): An annis that hits with both claw attacks latches onto the opponent's body and tears the flesh. This attack automatically deals an extra 2d6+10 points of damage.

Death Touch (Su): Dantha 'Sule may use a death touch attack once per day; a supernatural ability that produces a death effect. She must succeed on a melee touch attack against a living creature (at +24). When she touches, roll 1d6 per cleric level (12d6). If the total at least equals the touched creature's current hit points, it dies (no save).

Spell-Like Abilities: 3/day-disguise self, fog cloud. Caster level 8th.

Priest domain: Death and Evil

Domain spells (as 12th level caster, spells with the evil descriptor are as a 13th level caster): 1 - Protection from good, 2 - Desecrate, 3 - Animate Dead, 4- Unholy Blight, 5- Slay Living, 6- Create Undead

Priest spells usually memorized (as 12th level caster, spells with the evil descriptor are as a 13th level caster): 1 - Cause fear, Cure Light Wounds, Bane, Bless, Divine Favor, Shield of Faith, 2 - Darkness, Shield Other, Cure Moderate Wounds, Spiritual Weapon, Lesser Restoration, 3 - Blindness/Deafness, Cure Serious Wounds, Invisibility Purge, Protection From Energy, Searing Light, 4 - Dimensional Anchor, Imbue With Spell Ability, Restoration, Sending, 5 - True Seeing, Flame Strike, Raise Dead, 6 - Heal, Greater Dispel Magic

Personal Items: Phylactery of Undead Turning, Rod of Rulership, +2 Ring of Protection

Dantha'sule was a particular type of Hag called an Annis. The evil creature was born of the deep, misty bogs of the Great Wash, some time around 9500 E.R. The great beast, initially called Danuras fel Sule, or "Mistress of the Bog," terrorized the deep marsh of the Great Wash for decades. Her hulking form was feared among those who dwelt near the Wash, and her name was whispered even beyond its vast borders.

Soon enough, Danuras fel Sule earned the notice of the being known as the Dweller in the Vale, Vornoth's agent upon Núrion. This enigmatic being had long been the compelling force behind all the decisions made in the vast kingdom of Stor-gris, for the Dweller all but owned its previous ruler Karoxfang. But when Stor-gris' next ruler, the voracious black dragon Bardanax, came to power, the Dweller found that its control of Stor-gris was slipping away. Bardanax was very independent and willful, with vast ambitions of his own, ambitions that sometimes conflicted with the Wintervale's desires. Moreover, the dragon could not be intimidated. The Dweller knew that the use of force against Bardanax would likely be unsuccessful and would serve merely to weaken both Stor-gris and the Wintervale, possibly leading to the downfall of both domains. Therefore, Bardanax had to be stealthily manipulated and eventually overthrown. A creature such as Danuras fel Sule, which possessed both guile and physical power, would be ideal for the job.

The Dweller thus lured the Mistress of the Bog from her lair in the Great Wash and took her to the Wintervale. There, the strength of four huge trolls was required to hold the hag down as the Dweller worked its magic on her. The powerful agent of Vornoth tore open the hag's chest as the creature screeched in agony. The Dweller gathered a hair follicle, dead cells to imbue the hag with mastery over the domain of Death. Then the Dweller added a piece of its very own skin to give the beast the physical and spiritual power of the Dark Walker. Finally, the Dweller spilled a drop of blood to dominate the hag with the will of Vornoth. Gathering the items, the Dweller thrust its hand into the hag's chest, and Damuras fel Sule writhed in agony. After moments of pain, the great hag rose. Immediately the ravenous creature devoured a dozen hardy orcs to restore her great strength.

The Dweller called its newest general Dantha'sule, or "Dark Mistress." With the newly acquired power of the Dark Walker, the hag was sent from the Wintervale. She traveled to Stor-gris and quickly insinuated herself into Bardanax's confidences until she became his closest advisor. Slowly she worked her will, knowing that any quick attempt to overthrow the dragon would end in disaster. She manipulated him little by little, carefully bringing his decisions in line with the desires of the Wintervale. She also preyed upon his voracious appetities, encouraging him to throw off restraint and gorge himself whenever he felt the urge and on whatever he desired. Finally the dragon grew so fat and weak that Dantha'sule was able to slay him and wrest power in the name of Vornoth. She ruled the vile fortress for centuries, directed by her master the Dweller in the Vale, and was the cause of much death throughout the civilized lands of the demi-humans. Even after her final downfall, which coincided with the end of the kingdom of Stor-gris in 10,557 E.R., her name echoed down the long corridors of history even unto the present day.