Lammasu (Dungeons & Dragons)

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Lammasu
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Characteristics
Type Magical beast
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Stats Open Game License stats
Publication history
Mythological origins Lamassu

In the fantasy role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons, the lammasu are a race of good magical beasts.

Publication history[edit]

The lammasu is based on lammasu of Mesopotamian mythology, being winged, leonine champions of good.[citation needed]

The lammasu was introduced to the game in its first supplement, Greyhawk (1975).[1]

The lammasu appears in the first edition Monster Manual.[2] The lammasu appeared as a character class in White Dwarf #17, by Lewis Pulsipher.[3] The greater lammasu first appeared in the original Monster Manual II (1983).

The lammasu and the greater lammasu appeared in second edition in the Monstrous Compendium Volume Two (1989),[4] and reprinted in the Monstrous Manual (1993). The celestial lammasu appeared in the Monstrous Compendium Outer Planes Appendix (1991).[5] The lammasu was further developed in Dragon #224 (December 1995).[6]

The lammasu appeared in the third edition Monster Manual (2000),[7] and in the 3.5 revised Monster Manual (2003).

Description[edit]

They are also lawful, although they have little interest in the conflict between law and chaos. Their innate magical powers let them cast spells as a 7th-level cleric.

A type of celestial, half-dragon lammasu known as a golden protector is also described in the Monster Manual. They are the offspring of a celestial lammasu and a gold dragon and live in the material plane where they combat evil. Their draconic heritage lets them breathe fire.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gygax, Gary and Robert Kuntz. Supplement I: Greyhawk (TSR, 1975)
  2. ^ Gygax, Gary. Monster Manual (TSR, 1977)
  3. ^ Pulsipher, Lewis (February/March 1980). "My Life as a Werebear". White Dwarf (article) (Games Workshop) (17): 33. 
  4. ^ Cook, David, et al. Monstrous Compendium Volume Two (TSR, 1989)
  5. ^ LaFountain, J. Paul. Monstrous Compendium Outer Planes Appendix. (TSR, 1991)
  6. ^ Ashley, Belinda G. "The Ecology of the Lammasu" Dragon #224 (TSR, 1995)
  7. ^ Williams, Skip, Jonathan Tweet, and Monte Cook. Monster Manual. Wizards of the Coast, 2000