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by Travis Laney

Medium Undead

Hit Dice: 9d12 (58 hp)
Initiative: +6
Speed: 20 ft.
Armor Class: 16 (+2 Dex, +4 natural)
Base Attack/Grapple: +4/+5
Attack: Claw +6 melee (1d8+1)
Full Attack: 2 claws +6 melee (1d8+1)
Space/Reach: 5 ft./5 ft.
Special Attacks: Spores
Special Qualities: Darkvision 60', DR 10/slashing, electricity immunity, undead traits
Saves: Fort +3, Ref +5, Will +7
Abilities: Str 13, Dex 15, Con --, Int 10, Wis 12, Cha 14
Skills: Listen +11, Move Silently + 10, Spot +11
Feats: Multiattack
Environment: Any underground
Organization: Solitary or colony (2-4)
Challenge Rating: 6
Treasure: None
Alignment: Always chaotic evil
Advancement: 10-13 HD (Medium), 14-20 HD (Large)
Level Adjustment: --

The dusanu, or rot fiend, looks like a mold-encrusted skeleton with soft, spongy bones, dressed in a tattered cloak. Its eyes shine with a flickering blue light. The air near a dusanu is tinged with the spores of its dry rot.1


Dusanu are intelligent and very cunning. In combat, they attack with their mold-covered claws while releasing a cloud of sickly yellow spores.

Spores (Ex): Dusanu constantly emit a cloud of pungent spores, out to a radius of 5 feet. All living creatures within this cloud of spores take 1d8+2 points of damage and must succeed on a DC 16 Fortitude save or be infected with a vile disease known as death rot (incubation period 2-4 days, damage 1d4 Con). Damage is dealt each day until the afflicted creature succeeds on three consecutive Fortitude saves, the disease is cured magically, or the creature dies. The save DC is Charisma-based.

Creatures who die from death rot rise in 1d3 days as a dusanu, under the command of its slayer.

The dusanu first appeared in Module X-5, "Temple of Death," by David Cook (1983).

This 3.5 Edition conversion is (c) 2007 by Travis Laney

1.     Cook, D., 1983. Temple of Death. Random House, Inc.

2.     Gygax, G. and Arneson, D., 1983. Dungeons & Dragons Expert Rulebook. Random House, Inc.

3.     Allston, A. 1991. Rules Cyclopedia. Random House, Inc.

4.     Rasmussen, M. 1983. Quagmire! Random House, Inc.