The Demons Of Adad Untash: Uszu Anang Kal

Far beyond the great desert, one will find the troubled land of Umaab. The people of this once proud kingdom are oft beset by demons who serve the dark god Nergal. The characteristics of these demons are described in the holy Tablets of Adad Untash.

Shaalath Akis watched with dark delight as the Umaabi heroes fought to control their bodies’ reactions to the sickening smell that filled their nostrils. The stench of the demons she had summoned to defend her shrine to Jebel Jebelah, the Queen of Lust, was more than their pathetic souls could withstand.

The men-at-arms fell quickly, retching and green-cast, easily knocked about by the lashing tails or else gored upon the yellowed, rotten tusks of her servants. The pitiful sons and daughters of Marduk, gasping for clean air, were unable to call upon their impotent god for his assistance. Even the magicians, who should know enough to swear allegiance to her masters in exchange for greater power – as she herself had done – were rendered mute by the miasma that issued forth from the oily scales of the beasts that had arrived in answer to her black prayers.

Her mad reverie was shattered by the sudden arrival of new blood to the fray. A brave warrior, stout of arm – whose constitution was more than that of the chaff that had fallen to her minions – charged forth swinging an iron-bitted axe. No matter if he turned the tide a little. He would be a fine trifle for the night once she had charmed him with her…

“Shaalath Akis!” a voice called out from behind her. “You take too much pride in your demons and too little care for your own skin,” hissed Giszeah. “You sunk your knife into my father’s back, and now I will repay that debt.”

Uszu Anang Kal (Lower Order Demon)
No. Enc.: 2d4 (2d4)
Alignment: Chaotic (evil)
Movement: 120’ (40’)
Armor Class: 4
Hit Dice: 3 + 3
Attacks: 2 (Tusks) or 1 (Tail-whip)
Damage: 1d6/1d6 or 2d4
Save: F3
Morale: 11
Hoard Class: none (in the wild) or XVIII (guarding an unholy site)
XP: 345

These fell beasts are a hideous combination of wild boar and giant snake, possessing the wickedly tusked heads of the former and the serpentine body of the latter.

Uszu Anang Kal exude the unpleasant odor of vomit from every surface of their body, which causes their opponents to fight with a -1 to hit unless a Saving Throw vs. Posion is made. This save must be attempted at the beginning of each round, and a successful save only applies to the current round. If the Saving Throw fails for three consecutive rounds the unfortunate victim of this stench is overcome and will be reduced to a retching, gasping mass, fighting at -4 to hit and suffering a +2 penalty to Armor Class for the duration of the combat. Magic-Users, Clerics and other spell casters may not use magic during any turn in which they have failed this save.

Uszu Anang Kal charge into combat with wild abandon, seeking to gore their opponents with their vicious tusks. Once engaged in a fight, these creatures lash out with their powerful tails rather than biting. A target struck by this tail lash must make a Saving Throw vs. Petrify (or pass a Dexterity check, if Ability Checks are used) or be knocked back 5d4 feet.

Additionally, they possess all of the abilities of a typical Lower Order Demon:

  • Infravision (90’)
  • Half damage from cold-based attacks
  • Half damage from electrical-based attacks
  • Half damage from fire-based attacks (all)
  • Half damage from gas-type attacks
  • Telepathy (allows all languages to be understood)

Further, these creatures are:

  • Susceptible to damage from “cold iron” weapons – hits from such weapons do an additional 1d3 damage.
  • Vulnerable to Holy Water, taking 1d4 damage per thrown vial that hits or an additional 1d2 damage from weapons doused in such a fluid.
  • Able to be turned (as creatures of 6HD) by Clerics of the gods of Umaab.

Uszu Anang Kal are typically found in ruined temples, especially those near marshes or the sea. They are occasionally summoned by evil clerics to guard unholy sites as well.

The Tablets of Adad Untash name Uszu Anang Kal as the damned souls of drunkards and other addicts who failed to live holy lives because of their self-destructive behavior.

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