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Hag, Gullveig

By Pieter Brueghel the Elder - The Yorck Project (2002) 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei (DVD-ROM), distributed by DIRECTMEDIA Publishing GmbH. ISBN: 3936122202., Public Domain,, Hag, Gullveig
By Pieter Brueghel the Elder – The Yorck Project (2002) 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei (DVD-ROM), distributed by DIRECTMEDIA Publishing GmbH. ISBN: 3936122202., Public Domain,

This is a hunched old woman, too unsightly to be human. Her yellowish skin is tinged with dark spots; her nearly skeletal frame is crowned by a bloated hump. She looks at you cunningly and produces a bag of gold and jewellery.

Monster Encyclopaedia II: The Dark Bestiary
Author J. C. Alvarez
Series Monster Encyclopaedia
Publisher Mongoose Publishing
Publish date 2005

The gullveigi, also called gold hags, are a race of cunning creatures with a vast knowledge of the hearts and weaknesses of mortals. They love to sow discord and chaos by giving gold or magic items (usually cursed, but not always) to greedy humans and let them hurt and destroy each other. A gold hag appears as a Medium monstrous crone, with an old, hunched and deformed body. It dresses in dirty rags that appear as having been a coloured dress once, complemented by golden jewellery and ornaments.

Gold hags speak Common and Giant.

Gullveig (Gold Hag)
Medium monstrous humanoid
Hit Dice4d8+4 (22 hp)
Speed30 ft. (6 squares)
AC16 (+2 Dexterity, +4 natural), touch 12, flat-footed 14
Base Attack/Grapple+4/+7
AttackClaw +7 melee (1d3+3)
Full Attack2 claws +7 melee (1d3+3)
Space/Reach5 ft. /5 ft.
Special AttacksGold gaze, sneak attack +2d6, spell-like abilities
Special QualitiesDamage reduction 10/magic, Darkvision 60 ft., immunity to cold and fire, regeneration 7, Spell Resistance 16
SavesFort +2, Ref +6, Will +8
AbilitiesStrength 17, Dexterity 14, Constitution 12, Intelligence 14, Wisdom 14, Charisma 14
SkillsAppraise +9, Bluff +8, Craft (any one) +5, Listen +5, Sense Motive +5, Sleight of Hand +15, Spot +5
FeatsAbility Focus (greed gaze), Iron Will
OrganisationSolitary or covey (3 hags of any kind plus 1-8 Trolls and 1-4 evil giants)
Challenge Rating4
TreasureTriple standard
AlignmentUsually neutral evil
AdvancementBy character class
Level Adjustment


Gold hags are no friends of combat, preferring to use guile and magic to deal with any problem. They enjoy seeing others fight amongst themselves and try to provoke it at every opportunity.

Gold Gaze (Su): As a move action, a gold hag can use a special gaze attack on an intelligent, living humanoid within 60 feet. The target must succeed at a Will save (DC 16, Charisma based) or be overcome by an overwhelming desire for gold, with the same effects as a sympathy spell, for one hour. The affected creature will be capable of doing anything; stealing, murdering, whatever – even if it goes against its alignment – to get money. This sympathy effect also extends to other precious metals, gems and jewellery. If the gullveig so desires, it can use its gold gaze ability to provoke the opposite effect, causing the target to feel antipathy for all gold and riches if it fails the save. The gullveig often uses this second mode of its gold gaze to convince other creatures of giving it their treasure. Both effects last no more than one hour. A gullveig can use its gold gaze a maximum of four times per day.

Sneak Attack (Ex): A gullveig has a sneak attack exactly as if it was a 4th level rogue.

Spell-Like Abilities: 

Skills: A gold hag gains a +4 racial bonus on all Appraise and Sleight of Hand checks.

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