Orthrus (Orthos, Orthus )
He was owned by the three-bodied Titan, Geryon. Orthrus and his master, Eurytion, were charged with guarding Geryon’s herd of red cattle in the “sunset” land of Erytheia (“red one”), one of the islands of the Hesperides in the far west of the Mediterranean. Heracles eventually slew Orthrus, Eurytion, and Geryon, before taking the red cattle to complete his tenth labor.
Orthrus lives on the Red Island beyond the sunset. He serves Geryon and is accompanied by a large herd of cattle and Geryon’s herdsman Eurytion.
In this instance we’re going with the classic three-headed version with the two-headed canine Orthos (also known as Orthrus).
Medium monstrosity, unaligned
Armor Class 14 (natural armor)
Hit Points 30 (4d8+12)
Speed 40 ft.
|18 (+4)||15 (+2)||17 (+3)||4 (–3)||13 (+1)||10 (+0)|
Saving Throws Dex +4, Con +5; Proficiency +2
Skills Perception +5, Stealth +4, Survival +3
Senses passive Perception 20
Challenge 3 (700 XP)
Two Heads. Orthos has advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks and on saving throws against being blinded, charmed, deafened, frightened, stunned, or knocked unconscious.
Multiattack. Orthos attacks twice with its bite and once with its snake-tail.
Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 7 (1d6+4) piercing damage plus 4 (1d8) poison damage. If the target is a creature, it must succeed on a DC 14 Strength saving throw or be knocked prone.
Snake-Tail. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 6 (1d4+4) piercing damage plus 4 (1d8) poison damage.
Orthrus possesses a body that resembles a two-headed hound or wolf with a draconic head sprouting from its tail. His fur is faintly reddish, and both of his mouths bristle with oversized teeth.
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|Orthrus CR 7|
CE Large magical beast
Init +5; Senses Darkvision 60 ft., Low-Light Vision, Scent; Perception +10
|AC 19, touch 10, flat-footed 18 (+1 Dexterity,+9 natural, -1 size)|
hp 85 (9d10+36)
Fort +9, Ref +7, Will +6
|Speed 30 ft., Fly 50 ft. (poor)|
Melee bite +12 (2d6+6), bite +12 (2d6+6)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
Special Attacks breath weapon (usable every 1d4 rounds), trip, rend (2 bites, 2d6+6), placement of its heads grants it all-around sight.
|Strength 19, Dexterity 12, Constitution 17, Intelligence 4, Wisdom 13, Charisma 10|
Base Atk +9; CMB +14; CMD 25 (29 vs. trip)
Feats Power Attack, Improved Initiative, Iron Will, Skill Focus (Perception), Toughness
Skills Survival +2, Perception +10, Stealth +4 (+8 in scrubland or brush);
Racial Modifiers +2 Perception, +4 Stealth in scrubland or brush
|Breath Weapon (Su)|
A Orthrus’s breath weapon depends on the color of its dragon head, as summarized on the table below. Regardless of its type, a chimera’s breath weapon is usable once every 1d4 rounds, deals 6d8 points of damage, and allows a DC 17 Reflex save for half damage. The save DC is Constitution-based.To determine a Orthrus’s head color and breath weapon randomly, roll 1d10 and consult the table below:
|Environment temperate hills|
Organization solitary, pair, pride (3-6), or flight (7-12) (plus Geryon and Eurytion)
|d10||Head Color||Breath Weapon|
|1-2||Black||40-foot line of acid|
|3-4||Blue||40-foot line of lightning|
|5-6||Green||20-foot cone of acid|
|7-8||Red||20-foot cone of fire|
|9-10||White||20-foot cone of cold|