A fiendwurm is a monstrous worm which has a portal to the Abyss in its belly.

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Appearance[edit | edit source]

Fiendwurms have legless, worm-like bodies. They are fairly huge, about the size of a frost worm or purple worm. On their underside, they are colored a peach, blood-like pink. On the top side, they are a sickly purple. Though they were supposedly once earthworms, the head of the fiendwurm is completely unlike an earthworm's eyeless, tubular, all-mouth, head, and instead is almost dragon-like. They have a pair of horns which point back and up, as well as a few spikes around the lower mouth. Their tongues are long and purple.

Personality and alignment[edit | edit source]

Fiendwurms are chaotic evil by nature.

Abilities and traits[edit | edit source]

Anything swallowed by the fiendwurm goes straight through the portal in its belly, to the Abyss.

Ecology[edit | edit source]

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Life cycle[edit | edit source]

Fiendwurms are the result of an ordinary earthworm having demonic magic cast upon it. In addition to greatly altering and mutating their physical form, this also creates the portal to the Abyss mentioned above in their stomach.

Diet[edit | edit source]

The portal in the fiendwurm's stomach causes them enormous pain, and the only way to relieve this is by eating. Because of this the fiendwurm has a violent nature and attempts to swallow any creature it encounters.

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History[edit | edit source]

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Notable fiendwurms[edit | edit source]

For a full list of fiendwurms, see Category:Fiendwurms.

Related creatures[edit | edit source]

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Publication history[edit | edit source]

D&D 3rd edition[edit | edit source]

The fiendwurm appeared in Monster Manual II (3e) (2002), where it was assigned the magical beast creature type.

It was updated for Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 in the D&D v.3.5 Accessory Booklet, released online by Wizards of the Coast.[1]

Creative origins[edit | edit source]

Designer and developer Ed Bonny, who was considering creatures for the Monster Manual II, humorously claims to have imagined the fiendwurm while eating dinner in Manhattan with friends. Supposedly the idea it just struck him while eating, and he scrawled the concept on paper tablecloth, and it eventually blossomed into the fiendwurm.[citation needed]

Reception and influence[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. D&D v.3.5 Accessory Update Booklet. 2003-07-18. Retrieved 2020-09-12 (Internet Archive).
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