Sea Serpent, Spitting

Sea Serpent, Spitting

The bodies of these serpents are 15 to 18 feet long, with a girth of up to 3 feet. They are covered with serrated scales of brown, green, or blue, giving their hides a mottled, shimmery appearance. Their heads are short, with thick, muscular necks concealed beneath a webbed fringe.


Spitting Sea Serpent

XP 1,800 ()

CE Large ()

Initiative +4


DEFENSE

AC 14

hp: 97 (13d10 + 26)

Saving Throws: Dex +7, Con +5

Immunity: Paralysis, prone, stun, unconsciousness


OFFENSE

Speed: 10 ft., swim 40 ft.

Multiattack: A spitting sea serpent spits once and bites once, or it can make a constrict attack.

Melee Attack—Bite: +7 to hit (reach 5 ft.; one creature). Hit: 2d8 + 4 piercing damage and the target must make a successful DC 13 Con saving throw or take 1d8 poison damage.

Ranged Attack—Spit: +7 to hit (range 60 ft.; one creature). Hit: 3d6 + 4 acid damage. This attack functions underwater with no penalty.

Melee Attack—Constrict: +7 to hit (range 5 ft.; one creature). Hit: the target must make a successful DC 15 Dex saving throw or be grappled and restrained and take 4d8 + 4 bludgeoning damage.


STATISTICS

Str 13 (+1), Dex 18 (+4), Con 14 (+2),

Int 8 (–1), Wis 13 (+1), Cha 6 (–2)

Languages: Understands Aquan but seldom speaks

Skills: Athletics +4, Perception +4

Senses: Darkvision 60 ft.


ECOLOGY

Environment: Any

Organization: Solitary or pair

Spitting sea serpents are a fiercely territorial if not terribly intelligent species that can be a great hazard along coastlines. They are renowned for their ability to spit gobs of acidic spittle onto creatures that threaten them. Their spittle is just as dangerous underwater as through the air— and they have been known to spit at people on the decks of ships and on docks, wharfs, and beaches. Being able to move (slowly) on land, they sometimes hunt along the shore, killing creatures with their spit and then crawling onto land to retrieve the carcass and drag it back to the sea.

Spitting sea serpents dwell in shallow coastal water and and avoid deep water, where they sometimes fall prey to larger sea serpents and other gigantic sea predators such as giant squids or octopi. They are most often found in water well away from high-traffic shipping lanes, because sailors kill them on sight, too. Remote stretches of coast are where spitting sea serpents are most likely to be encountered.