monster Orthus


A Giant two-headed hound
the brother of Cerberus, both whelped by the
chthonic monster Echidne by

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.

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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

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.

CR 7
XP 3,200

CE Large magical

Init +5; Senses Darkvision 60 ft., Low-Light
, Scent; Perception
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
, Iron Will, Skill
(Perception), Toughness

Skills Survival +2, Perception +10, Stealth +4 (+8 in scrubland or brush);
Racial Modifiers +2 Perception, +4 Stealth in scrubland or brush

Languages Draconic
Breath Weapon

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

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
Environment temperate

Organization solitary, pair, pride (3–6), or flight (7–12) (plus
Geryon and Eurytion)

Treasure standard

Greek Border

Main Bestiary
Greek Monsters

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