LeBlanc + Sholits + Schmeer =
Guardians of Laam
servitors of Pherosathoola, Petty Goddess of Sexual Fear
No. Encountered: 1d4
Movement: 120' (40')
Armor Class: 0
Hit Dice: 8
Attacks: 3 (scimitar/claw/tail) + Special
Damage: d8/d6/d6 + Special
Hoard Class: None
Descended from ruined seed of Mi-go that fused with an unnamed reptilian race in eons past, Guardians of Laam protect the incubating eggs of Pherosathoola, the Petty Goddess of Sexual Fear. "Laam" is the term for embryonic succubi; these creatures do not have a name for themselves and so are often referred to simply as "Guardians".
The Guardians of Laam stand 8 feet tall and resemble fierce, armored lizards at first glance, except for their odd-shaped skulls and lidless eyes. Their mouths are lamprey-like and both males and females sport antlers and tusks, although these are largely though to be decorative. Chitinous skin protects their fungi-like inner soft tissues and they have thick tails the same length as their height. They do not speak, communicating strictly via nearly undetectable pheromones. They are impervious to charm, harm person, clairaudience, ESP, ethereal form, shape change, and suggestion spells.
Guardians are polyamorous; nests are guarded by a single brood group consisting of 3 males and a female or 3 females and a male. They breed by releasing spores from their nostrils during the Dark Moon Festival, celebrated once every fourteen years. The mingling spores cover the nest of eggs and grow into new Guardians, using the clutch as nourishment. Pherosathoola gladly paid this brood price to ensure the safety of her developing offspring. Upon their first molting, Guardians of Laam are gifted with Scimitars of Doubt (1d8 damage + Save vs. Paralysis or be struck with indecision for 1d4 turns) as additional thanks for their duties.
If attacked, a Guardian has three defenses. It can attack with its scimitar, rake with a free-handed claw (1d6), and can lash any target behind it with its whip-like tail (1d6). Additionally, once per combat encounter a Guardian can spew a cloud of disorienting chemicals from scent glands in its throat; PCs must Save vs. Poison or be disoriented for 1d4 hours.
Guardians of Laam fear the Brotherhood of the Yellow Sign and will flee if they are attacked by one of their blessed order.
Guardians are delicious when boiled alive; eating its steamed tail muscles imparts a +3 to STR for 1d6 days. Potted Guardian of Laam (often called "potted laam") is a highly prized delicacy in royal circles of the desert kingdoms.