|Related species||Hag, Night Hag|
|Status||Critically endangered (listed as "very rare" in-game)|
|Behind the Scenes|
|Universe||Dungeons & Dragons|
|Created by||Gary Gygax|
Annis are ugly giantesses of chaotic evil alignment, related to hags.
Monster Manual descriptions
The race of annis are relatives of the night hags of the Lower Planes. Their appearance is similar to night hags, but annis are larger and more physically powerful. Annis dwell naturally upon the Prime Material Plane. These giantesses are particularly fond of human flesh; however, so voracious is their appetite, they will devour even so rank a beast as a stench kow. It is common for annis to dwell singly or in a small group, but these creatures have also been known to cooperate with such monsters as ogres, troll, and evil giants for reasons of safety or better provisions, and occasional mixed communities have been encountered.
An annis typically attacks with her iron-like talons and teeth, inflicting horrible wounds. As the strength of an annis is equal to that of a hill giant, it will tend to grapple with an opponent. If an annis succeeds in hitting one creature with all 3 of her attacks during the same round, the annis has automatically seized her opponent after inflicting damage, and the opponent is held fast. Next round, all attacks by the annis are automatic hits, unless the opponent is stronger, the annis is slain, or the victim has some means of magical escape. Otherwise, the annis will continue to hold her grip and deliver damage with raking talons and gnawing fangs until the opponent is slain.
In addition to normal attacks, an annis has the spell-like ability to cast a fog cloud at an opponent. This will be done to confuse resistance or delay attack by a superior foe. For defense an annis has the spell-like power of change self, so she can appear as a large human, ogre, etc. Such powers are usable 1 at a time, 1 per round, twice each per day. They are cast at 8th level for purposes of determining spell range, duration, etc.
Because of the iron-hard skin of an annis, treat the monster as if she were clad in plate mail for purposes of adjusting weapons vs. armor types.
Annis have normal infravision but superior hearing and sense of smell. They speak their own language, Ogre, common Giant, and a smattering of Common. Some of the most intelligent are able to speak various humanoid languages and are more fluent in Common.
An annis is a deep blue color, quite similar in complexion and visage to a night hag. Hair, teeth, and nails are glossy black. The eyes of an annis are usually dull, however, being greenish or yellow instead of the red of their night hag cousins. The tall body is thin, muscular, and wiry. The arms and legs are long and quick. Their garb is not unlike that of peasant women, but usually more tatted and filthy.