4d4 Hydra Den
by Creighton Broadhurst
December 16, 2019
Sometimes ice-spitting or fire-breathing but always head- regenerating nightmares of bedtime stories and epic quests, the hydra is a challenge for any company of heroes.
Use these lists, to add depth and flavour to the hydra dens in your campaign.
Outside the Lair
- Plate-sized scales from the hydra’s hide dot the ground.
- Alternating banked furrows in the earth, like the passage of a sidewinder snake, mar the ground.
- Broken branches and sharp rocks hold the shredded traces of shed hydra-skin.
- Large pellets of dung containing crushed bones cover the ground.
What’s Going On?
- The hydra lies coiled in the sun, its many heads watching in different directions for intruders (or its next meal).
- The hydra’s many heads snap and pull at the shredded carcass of a huge bull.
- The hydra’s long, sinuous necks coil protectively over a huge stone statue of a warrior of old.
- Buried deep in the sandy earth the hydra leaves its heads just above the surface to spot prey.
- Hissing cobra heads writhe sinuously atop this black- and red-scaled hydra’s body.
- Concealed below the surface of a deep pool this crocodilian hydra scans the area with a single head.
- A ridge of bright red feather-like ridges erupt from the hydra’s head and descend down its many necks.
- Icy scales of blue cover this mottled white and grey coloured hydra.
- The thick coagulated blood of the hydra is sought after by mages making regenerative magic items.
- Not as tough as dragon scale the hide and scales of the hydra can make beautiful and unique armour.
- This white-feathered arrow carved from the thigh bone of a hydra splits into five arrows when fired.
- This small gold ring depicting different coloured enamelled serpents twisting together provides its wearer with potent protection from venom.
This article is an extract from Monstrous Lair #54: Hydra’s Den by Steve Hood.