|Stats||Open Game License stats|
|First appearance||Dragon #94 (February 1985)|
The lillend, credited to Stephen Inniss, first appeared in the first edition in "Creature Catalog II", a feature in Dragon #94 (February 1985).
The creature appeared in Advanced Dungeons & Dragons's second edition for the Planescape setting in 1994's Planes of Chaos box set, and then in 1996's Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume Three. The lillend also made an appearance in the Forgotten Realms setting adventure module For Duty and Deity (1998).
In the third edition they appeared in the Monster Manual (2000), as well as the 3.5 revised Monster Manual (2003) and were included in the System Reference Document. The lillend appears as a player character race in Savage Species (2003), and the Planar Handbook (2004).
"The creature looks like a female human or elf with the lower torso of a multicolored serpent and huge, strikingly patterned wings like a bird's."
As described in the D&D Monster Manual, the upper body is of an attractive human, while the lower body is of a slender, coiling serpent. The upper torso is usually female, but male Lillends also exist. The lillend also has feathered wings coming from the back, feathers on the end of the tail, and feathers for hair.
The lillend is described as both a lover and protector of music, art, clothing, literature, and all other forms of culture. In addition to being fine at these things themselves, they defend others who create it, and seek out and punish those who despoil it. They can attack by constricting with their tails, and can cast all sorts of spells. They also sometimes carry weapons. They can also play soothing music on their harps. Being highly civilized, they will not always kill opponents and instead merely try to talk some sense into them.
In addition to being protective of art, lillends also revere untouched nature. They often form alliances with others with the same drive to protect nature.
Lillends speak Celestial, Infernal, Abyssal, and Common.
- Smith, Lester W., and Wolfgang Baur. Planes of Chaos (TSR, 1994)
- Pickens, Jon, ed. Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume Three (TSR, 1996)
- Cook, Monte, Jonathan Tweet, and Skip Williams. Monster Manual (Wizards of the Coast, 2000)
- Williams, Skip, Jonathan Tweet, and Monte Cook. Monster Manual (Wizards of the Coast, 2000 and 2003).
- Bulmahn, Jason (lead designer). Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary (Paizo Publishing, 2009)