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Merrow

This giant has pale green, scaled skin and large, webbed hands and feet. On either side of its neck are slotted gills.

Merrow, Freshwater CR 3

XP 800

NE Large humanoid (aquatic, giant)

Init +4; Senses low-light vision; Perception +5

Defense

AC 17, touch 13, flat-footed 13 (+4 Dex, +4 natural, –1 size)

hp 30 (4d8+12)

Fort +7, Ref +5, Will +3

Offense

Speed 40 ft., swim 40 ft.

Melee 2 claws +6 (1d6+4 plus grab)

Ranged javelin +6 (1d8+4)

Space 10 ft.; Reach 10 ft.

Statistics

Str 19, Dex 18, Con 17, Int 6, Wis 10, Cha 7

Base Atk +3; CMB +8 (+12 grapple); CMD 22

Feats Iron Will, Power Attack

Skills Perception +5, Stealth +2 (+6 in water), Swim +12; Racial Modifiers +4 Stealth in water

Languages Giant

SQ amphibious

Ecology

Environment temperate lakes or rivers

Organization solitary, pair, gang (3–4), or family (5–16)

Treasure standard (2 javelins, other treasure)

Merrow, Saltwater CR 6

XP 2,400

NE Huge humanoid (aquatic, giant)

Init +3; Senses low-light vision; Perception +7

Defense

AC 19, touch 11, flat-footed 16 (+3 Dex, +8 natural, –2 size)

hp 80 (7d8+49)

Fort +11, Ref +5, Will +4

Offense

Speed 40 ft., swim 40 ft.

Melee 2 claws +11 (1d8+7 plus grab)

Ranged javelin +6 (2d6+7)

Space 15 ft.; Reach 15 ft.

Statistics

Str 25, Dex 16, Con 23, Int 6, Wis 10, Cha 7

Base Atk +5; CMB +14 (+18 grapple); CMD 27

Feats Iron Will, Power Attack, Vital Strike, Weapon Focus (claw)

Skills Perception +7, Stealth –2 (+2 in water), Swim +15; Racial Modifiers +4 Stealth in water

Languages Giant

SQ amphibious

Ecology

Environment temperate oceans

Organization solitary, pair, gang (3–4), or family (5–16)

Treasure standard (2 javelins, other treasure)

Merrows are best described as the aquatic cousins of ogres. Although their green, scaled skin and webbed hands and feet make them appear different, merrows are just as cruel, savage, and wicked as their ogre relatives. The saltwater variety grows much larger than the freshwater variety, but the behavior and society of the two types are otherwise similar.

Merrows are known for pillaging small fishing villages and towns under cover of night. Similar to ogres, merrows have a strong sense of family and typically hunt in gangs, preferring to grab a couple of villagers and head back into the water rather than sticking around and dealing with armed resistance. Merrows have a stronger sense of unity than ogres do, and rarely will the leader of a tribe be challenged. When they have chosen a village or town to plunder, they attack as a gang and share the spoils.

A freshwater merrow is 12 feet tall and weighs 500 pounds. Saltwater merrows easily reach 20 feet tall and 4,000 pounds, and have been known to hunt whales. The two species do not often come in contact, but when they do, feuding and conflict are swift to develop.