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Genies (Part 4): Efreeti **Number 100!**

This’ll be the #100th monster on the Best of the Bestiary! Oh my god! And we’re only one-third of the way through the Monster Manual! Which is only the first book!

Good god I’m gonna be doing this for the rest of my life, aren’t I?

The armies of the Grand Sultan are bolstered by legions of devils, his palace warded by the spells of a thousand archmagi, his treasures guarded by red dragons and fire elementals. No one has ever plundered the Efreeti’s fabled vaults and lived to tell the tale. By the grace of a thousand winds, you could be the first.

A djinni enticing adventurers to free her caliph from a magic lamp in the charcoal palace of the City of Brass

That’s a helluva tone setter, innit?

Lore: Tyrants of Flame

Ruthless is the best way to describe an efreeti. They are deceptive, cunning, and exceptionally cruel. Like the other genies, they despise being forced into servitude. Should someone enslave them, they’ll chase them to the ends of the universe to get their revenge. Though they don’t see themselves in a negative light; the only fault they’ll admit is their ego.

To an efreeti, all other creatures are either potential servants or potential enemies. They’ll raid the other planes, from the Material to the elemental, and capture whatever they find to make into slaves. Only the cruelest of their slaves are promoted into overseers, who keep the others in line by force.

The efreet live in heat and flame. Most reside within the Elemental Plane of Fire, dwelling within lakes of fire or the legendary City of Brass. They even have military outposts here. However, a good number of them live on the Material Plane, residing within deserts. This puts them in conflict with the djinni and the dao, both of whom live in the same area. At the same time, the efreet are natural enemies to the water-loving marids and battle frequently.

If you were gonna use a genie as your big bad, this would be the one to do it with. While most of them are at least a little malicious, these guys are full-on evil. And you could weave some pretty fun stories with them. They could attack while the party is busy dealing with another genie, allowing them to make a temporary alliance with their now former foe. Or they could delve into the lair of an efreeti to try and liberate an important NPC who’d been made a slave. The list of possibilities is short, but engaging and fun!

Design: That Ain’t No Genie

I’m pretty sure that’s an Oni. Y’know, like the demon?

I kinda love it, though! It’s visually distinct and intimidating. This is the only genie we’ve discussed so far that looks truly menacing rather than just malicious.

It certainly helps that this dude is stacked! Just look at those arms, dude! His bicep is bigger than my skull! Even without the big fuck-you scimitar, he looks like he can do some damage!

Also, odd little thing: I like the horns. They make it feel like a demon rather than a genie. This fits the creature perfectly, considering how much more evil it is than the other genies.

All in all, it’s a pretty sick looking monster. It isn’t as amazing as monsters like the Beholder, but it’s still pretty good. If there’s any issue, it’s that it looks a little too much like a demon, which might confuse someone skimming through the book to quickly find a cool monster.

Y’know. People like me.

Stats: The Dancing Flame

Surprisingly, this dude doesn’t go hurling fire around. In fact, he’s only got three moves that have anything to do with fire!

Defense wise, it’s a decently chunky monster. Its AC is just shy of 20 and its HP sits at a clean 200. Hope your wizard isn’t too attached to fire magic, because they have no effect. Surprise!

Spell wise, it’s got a few options. They are:

At will: detect magic
3/day: enlarge/reduce, tongues
1/day each: conjure elemental (fire only), gaseous form, invisibility, major image, plane shift, wall of fire

Not an extensive list, but certainly a dangerous and tricky one.

The rest is fairly simple. It’s got a scimitar that does decent damage and it can use a move called Hurl Flame to basically throw a firebolt for some decent damage. With multiattack, it can choose to do either one twice per turn. Certainly deadly, but not very complicated. It’s the spells where this guy gets tricky.

All in all, it makes for a pretty decent boss fight. It’s a tricky bastard capable of dishing out some dangerous moves. It doesn’t have anything especially incredible, but it’s still a very good fight.

Placement

The efreeti is a pretty good monster overall. The lore is good, the design is strong, and the stats are decent. No campaign would suffer for having one of these guys in there. A rock solid choice across the board.

With all that in mind, let’s put the Efreeti on the Best of the Bestiary!

  1. Beholder
  2. Death Tyrant
  3. Dragon Turtle
  4. Green Dragons
  5. Red Dragons
  6. Blue Dragons
  7. Black Dragons
  8. White Dragons
  9. Silver Dragons
  10. Couatl
  11. Behir
  12. Aboleth
  13. Bronze Dragons
  14. Brass Dragons
  15. Copper Dragons
  16. Gold Dragons
  17. Chuul
  18. Chimera
  19. Death Knight
  20. Fomorian
  21. Bone Devil
  22. Dracolich
  23. Faerie Dragon
  24. Ankheg
  25. Empyrean
  26. Efreeti <————————
  27. Dao
  28. Drow (all four of ’em)
  29. Shadow Demon
  30. Marilith
  31. Drider
  32. Aarackockra
  33. Azer
  34. Demilich
  35. Spectator
  36. Cambion
  37. Animated Armor
  38. Banshee
  39. Basilisk
  40. Yochlol
  41. Bulette
  42. Cloaker
  43. Darkmantle
  44. Doppelganger
  45. Ettin
  46. Pit Fiend
  47. Erinyes
  48. Chain Devil
  49. Bearded Devil
  50. Barbed Devil
  51. Spined Devil
  52. Ice Devil
  53. Djinni
  54. Nalfeshnee
  55. Glabrezu
  56. Chasme
  57. Barlgura
  58. Horned Devil
  59. Balor
  60. Shadow Dragon
  61. Vrock
  62. Dretch
  63. Goristro
  64. Hezrou
  65. Manes
  66. Duergar
  67. Quasit
  68. Dryad
  69. Flumph
  70. Planetar
  71. Imp
  72. Flameskull
  73. Displacer Beast
  74. Carrion Crawler
  75. Rug of Smothering
  76. Bugbear Chief
  77. Bugbear
  78. Vine Blight
  79. Twig Blight
  80. Needle Blight
  81. Bullywug
  82. Ettercap
  83. Gas Spore
  84. Cockatrice
  85. Lemure
  86. Solar
  87. Deva
  88. Cyclops
  89. Centaur
  90. Fire Elemental
  91. Water Elemental
  92. Air Elemental
  93. Dinosaurs (All six of them)
  94. Earth Elemental
  95. Galeb Duhr
  96. Flying Sword
  97. Crawling Claw
  98. Violet Fungus
  99. Shrieker
  100. Gargoyle

WHOO!! 100, BABY!!

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