Desert Bestiary Part 2: Jhalan Umeed

In the language of the nomadic desert clans Jhalan Umeed translates as “false hope.” The creature earned this name by the manner in which it feeds on prey. When seen in full the Jhalan Umeed resembles a gargantuan flat skate 30ft long from head to tail. The underside of its head is distinguished by a 10 ft. wide concave depression where the mouth should be and four large proboscises that resemble desert palms. Few travelers witness the creature in full though. The Jhalan Umeed buries its long body upside down in the sand leaving only its proboscis and head depression exposed. Glands in the head excrete a powerful neurotoxin that fills the depression. To its unsuspecting prey the Jhalan Umeed appears to be a welcome oasis in the vast sea of desert. Targets that drink from the “pool” are paralyzed. Once the creature feels movement stop it uses one of its proboscis to grab the victim. Powerful muscles in the proboscis swallow the prey, crushing bones and armor, allowing the Jhalan Umeed to slowly drain the bodily fluids from the body. The Jhalan Umeed will have a body in 1d4-1 of its proboscises at any given time. Once the bodies are completely drained the creature expels the remains and buries them nearby.

Jhalan Umeed

Gargantuan beast, unaligned


Armor Class 18 (natural armor)

Hit Points 210 (20d20)

Speed 15 ft., burrow 10 ft.


STR               DEX                CON               INT                WIS               CHA

20(+5)            8(-1)               10(+0)            2(-4)               2(-4)              2(-4)


Skills Stealth +8 when buried

Senses tremorsense 30 ft.


Challenge 12 (8,400 XP)


Desert Camouflage. The Jhalan Umeed has advantage on Dexterity (Stealth) checks made to hide in desert terrain.

Neurotoxin. The Jhalan Umeed secretes a powerful neurotoxin into the depression on its head. A target that ingests this poison must make a DC 17 Constitution saving throw or be paralyzed for 1 hour.


Multiattack. The Jhalan Umeed makes four proboscis attacks.

Proboscis. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 15 ft. one target. Hit: 10 (2d6+5) bludgeoning damage.

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