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Artha

D&D 3e (3.0/3.5) Rules

by James O'Rance


Large Outsider (Chaos, Evil)
Hit Dice: 25d8+100 (213 hp)
Initiative: -1 (Dex)
Speed: 20 ft., fly 120 ft. (average)
AC: 27 (-1 size, -1 Dex, +19 natural)
Attacks: 2 slams +25 melee, bite +20 melee
Damage: Slam 2d8+5, bite 2d8+2
Face/Reach: 5 ft. by 5 ft./10 ft.
Special Attacks: Spells
Special Qualities: Damage reduction 10/+1, acid and cold resistance 20, goddess, SR 20
Saves: Fort +18, Ref +13, Will +18
Abilities: Str 21, Dex 8, Con 18, Int 19, Wis 18, Cha 12
Skills: Appraise +32, Bluff +25, Concentration +29, Intuit Direction +24, Knowledge (arcana, the planes) +32, Knowledge (religion) +26, Listen +29, Scry +29, Sense Motive +26, Spellcraft +32, Spot +29
Feats: Blind-Fight, Enlarge Spell, Extend Spell, Greater Spell Penetration, Heighten Spell, Maximise Spell, Spell Penetration
Climate/Terrain: Any land or underground
Organisation: Solitary*
Challenge Rating: 21
Treasure: Double standard
Alignment: Chaotic evil
Advancement:

* Artha is a unique creature.

From a brief liason between Takhisis and Chemosh in 333 AC, a semi-divine daughter named Artha was born. Artha normally appears as a hazy image of an obese woman shrouded in dark fog, draped in shreds of black silk. Her lumpy body is pocked with open wounds that ooze clear black fluid and black mist, and the odour of rotting meat surrounds her to a radius of 300 feet. Artha is sluggish, lazy, and cold. She enjoys slaughter and craves wealth above all else, but is otherwise indifferent and unemotional.

As a demigoddess, Artha can speak all mortal languages, as well as Abyssal, Draconic, and Celestial.

Combat

Artha is a slothful goddess and abhors putting herself in serious peril, especially if her desires lead her elsewhere. However, she thrills in the senseless slaughter of opponents who are unable to truly threaten her, and can make unarmed attacks of great savagery. She benefits from damage reduction, spell resistance, and some resistances, more than enough to protect her from the attacks of lesser foes. Against serious opponents, Artha usually prefers to strike at foes with her spells.

Spells: Artha casts arcane spells as a 20th-level sorcerer. She is also able to cast cleric spells, as well as spells from the domains of Chaos, Death, and Evil as though they were arcane spells.

Goddess (Su): Artha can grant divine spells to clerics that devote themselves to her, and offers the domains of Chaos, Death, and Evil.

Artha in the In Search of Dragons modules

Squat, homely, and utterly lacking in ambition, Artha was quickly disowned by her parents. Artha engaged in random acts of destruction and murder during the War of the Lance with a corrupt draconian named Khardra (see related entry), whom she met in 346 AC. They shared a mystical rite that allowed them to blend their spirits temporarily, an experience that Artha enjoyed.

An attack by metallic dragons resulted in Kharda's death, and the explosion of his draconian skeleton, in 354 AC. However, Artha seized his fleeing spirit and blended it with her own one last time. Although Khardra longed for the release of death, he was forced to endure painful treatments that would result in his rebirth. His resentmet of Artha grew into a consuming hatred, and upon his rebirth, Khardra wanted nothing more than her destruction. He turned to enemies of Artha in order to bring this about.

Artha attempted to seize a portal to the plane of the Astral Dragon, and planned to kill it in order to weaken all metallic dragons. Upon her arrival through the portal, Artha demanded that Takhisis treat her as a peer, and the Queen of Darkness slew the godling for her hubris.

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