Fertile Crescent Monsters
John Singer Sargent Orestes Pursued by the Furies 1921
Erinyes (the Romans call them the Furies)
were female personifications of vengeance. When a formulaic oath in invokes “those who beneath the earth punish whoever
has sworn a false oath. The Erinyes are simply an embodiment of the act of self-cursing
contained in the oath”. They were been born from the blood of Ouranos when Cronus castrated him.
The heads of the Erinyes
are wreathed with serpents, their eyes drip with blood, and their whole appearance
is horrific and appalling with the wings of a bat or bird.
Erinyes in Mythology
The Erinyes stand for the
rightness of things within the standard order; for example, Heraclitus declared
that if Helios decided to change the course of the Sun through the sky, they
would prevent him from doing so. But for the most part they were understood
as the persecutors of mortal men and women who broke “natural” laws.
In particular, those who broke ties of kinship through murder brought special attention
from the Erinyes. It was believed in early epochs that human beings might not
have the right to punish such crimes, instead leaving the matter to the dead
man’s Erinyes to exact retribution.
Erinyes were connected with Nemesis as enforcers
of a just balance in human affairs. The goddess Nike originally filled a similar role, as the bringer of a just victory. When not stalking
victims on Earth, the Furies were thought
to dwell in Tartarus, where they applied their tortures to the damned souls there.
Erinyes are particularly known for the persecution of Orestes for the murder of his mother, Clytemnestra. Since Apollo had told Orestes to kill the murderer of his father, Agamemnon, and that person
turned out to be his mother, Orestes prayed to him. Athena intervened and the Erinyes
turned into the Eumenides (“kindly ones”), as they were called in their
beneficial aspects. The story of these events form the basis of the final play
in Aeschylus’ cycle The Oresteia.
These are female spirits
who exact vengeance against those who committed specific crimes. Erinyes also
seek to tempt mortals into depravity. They look like comely women except for
their huge feathery wings and sinister eyes. An erinyes stands about 6 feet
tall and weighs about 150 pounds.
Source(s) 3.5E Monster
Manual I, 3E Monster Manual I, Planescape Appendix 1, Outer Planes (MC8), 1E
Monster Manual 1
|Medium outsider (Evil, Extraplanar, Lawful)|
(6 squares), Fly 50 ft. (good)
Dexterity, +8 natural) touch 15, flat-footed 18
|Attack|| longsword +14 melee (1d8+5/19-20) or +1 flaming composite
longbow (+5 Strength bonus) +15 ranged (1d8+6/x3 plus 1d6 fire) or rope +14
|Full Attack||longsword +14/+9 melee (1d8+5/19-20) or +1 flaming composite
longbow (+5 Strength bonus) +15/+10 ranged (1d8+6/x3 plus 1d6 fire) or rope
+14 ranged (entangle)
spell-like abilities, summon devil
reduction 5/good, Darkvision 60 ft.,
immunity to fire and poison, resistance to acid 10 and cold 10, see in darkness, Spell
Resistance 20, telepathy 100 ft., true
Ref +11, Will +10
Dexterity 21, Constitution 21, Intelligence 14, Wisdom 18, Charisma 20
Concentration +17, Diplomacy +7, Escape
|Feats||DodgeB, MobilityB, Point
Blank Shot, Precise Shot, Rapid
Shot, Shot on the Run
plus rope and +1 flaming composite
longbow (+5 Strength bonus)
Fertile Crescent Monsters
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