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Genies (Part 5): Marid

The marid poured out of the flask like water and said, “Your wish is my command.” The halfling, overjoyed, wished for immortality, so the marid polymorphed him into a fish that flopped around humorously until, finally, it expired. It’s a cautionary tale that has survived through the ages, so I suppose the halfling got his wish.

Kesto Brighteyes, gnome proprietor of The Painted Veil, a bookshop in Sigil

Lore: Lazy Fish Boy

The mightiest of all the genies, even the lowliest of marids is more powerful than its peers. They are masters of water, capable of controlling it in any way they desire. Though they are rare on the Material Plane, they frequent the Elemental Plane of Water, residing in palaces of coral, which are filled with air for both guests and slaves. Though they have slaves, they expect little from them, having them around more for the symbol of it than the actual service.

Each marid considers themselves a noble. Many of the titles are mere pretense, simply something to stroke their egos. They treat their peers, both of their own kind and of other genie races, as either annoyances or blemishes upon their lives. Humanoids are the lowest that they tolerate, though they’ll sometimes deal with one they consider an equal. While bribery and flattery often work to soothe them, they often find dealing with mortals a mistake, resulting in their enslavement.

If there is one thing a marid loves, it is telling stories. They consider themselves among the finest storytellers in all the multiverse. To interrupt one is the highest insult of all. To do so would earn the being’s swift and unrestrained wrath.

Is… is that all? Really? I thought it was gonna be some kind of mischievous monster after that quote at the beginning! He can’t seriously just be a laid-back fish dude!

Design: Magic Fish

Knife goes in, guts come out. Knife goes in, guts come out.

Spare my life and I shall grant you three- UARGH!!

Five bucks to you if you understood that joke.

This is another design I really like. In fact, out of the four genies, this one is my personal favorite. It’s unique, it’s interesting, and it gives you plenty of hints as to its personality and abilities just by looking at it. Overall, a very solid design.

I especially love the fish-man approach to it. They could’ve easily just made it a translucent blue dude; y’know, like what we expect from a genie. Instead, they took a more aquatic approach. It’s super interesting and unique from the others.

Plus, he looks super chill. At least, as chill as you can get when you’re a powerful magic wish-granting… thing. His posture isn’t threatening and his clothes look baggy and comfortable. Sort of like a traveling merchant.

I really like this design. It’s simple, it’s unique, and it’s fun. Describing this guy to your players must be a hell of a lot of fun. I’m gonna have to try it sometime.

Stats: This Fish Is Gonna Gut You

If One Piece has taught me anything, it’s that you don’t mess with the fish dude. Also that piracy is super cool, but that’s a topic for another day.

Defensively speaking, this guy’s about on par with the other genies. His HP is just above the 200 range and his AC sits at a strong 17. Although his being resistant to acid, cold, and lightning is certainly a point in his favor. This dude could become trouble real quick.

Especially thanks to his spell list.

At will: create or destroy water, detect evil and good, detect magic, fog cloud, purify food and drink
3/day each: tongues, water breathing, water walk
1/day each: conjure elemental (water elemental only), control water, gaseous form, invisibility, plane shift

I’m sensing a theme there.

Offensively speaking, it’s got a few more options than its peers. Its trident isn’t all that interesting (oh wow, you can stab with it twice? How interesting). But Water Jet is pretty interesting. This massive cone of water can push anything Huge or smaller back 20ft and knock ’em prone.

It’s not an especially complex monster (spells aside). But if you play your cards right, your players are in for a rough time. Just be sure not to drown too many of them.

Placement

This monster is pretty strong overall. But it doesn’t have anything especially incredible. Every aspect of it is just… good. Acceptable lore, a good design, and some good stats.

With all that in mind, let’s put the Marid 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. Marid <——————————
  37. Cambion
  38. Animated Armor
  39. Banshee
  40. Basilisk
  41. Yochlol
  42. Bulette
  43. Cloaker
  44. Darkmantle
  45. Doppelganger
  46. Ettin
  47. Pit Fiend
  48. Erinyes
  49. Chain Devil
  50. Bearded Devil
  51. Barbed Devil
  52. Spined Devil
  53. Ice Devil
  54. Djinni
  55. Nalfeshnee
  56. Glabrezu
  57. Chasme
  58. Barlgura
  59. Horned Devil
  60. Balor
  61. Shadow Dragon
  62. Vrock
  63. Dretch
  64. Goristro
  65. Hezrou
  66. Manes
  67. Duergar
  68. Quasit
  69. Dryad
  70. Flumph
  71. Planetar
  72. Imp
  73. Flameskull
  74. Displacer Beast
  75. Carrion Crawler
  76. Rug of Smothering
  77. Bugbear Chief
  78. Bugbear
  79. Vine Blight
  80. Twig Blight
  81. Needle Blight
  82. Bullywug
  83. Ettercap
  84. Gas Spore
  85. Cockatrice
  86. Lemure
  87. Solar
  88. Deva
  89. Cyclops
  90. Centaur
  91. Fire Elemental
  92. Water Elemental
  93. Air Elemental
  94. Dinosaurs (All six of them)
  95. Earth Elemental
  96. Galeb Duhr
  97. Flying Sword
  98. Crawling Claw
  99. Violet Fungus
  100. Shrieker
  101. Gargoyle

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