Atali, the Frost Giant's Daughter
(circa "The Frost Giant's Daughter")


Medium Female Fey

Hit Dice: 9d6 + 36 (117 Hit Points)
Initiative: +10 (+6 dex, +4 imp. init.)
Speed: 40 ft
AC: 17 (+6 Dex, +1 Dodge)
Attacks: Slam +4 melee
Damage: Slam 1d3 melee
Face/Reach: 5 ft by 5 ft/5ft
Special Attacks: Charm
Special Qualities: Low-light vision
Saves: Fort +3, Ref +12, Will +8
Abilities: Str 10, Dex 22, Con 18, Int 10, Wis 14, Cha 25
Skills: Bluff +14, Move Silently +12,  Search +6, Sense Motive +14, Spot +6
Feats:  Dodge; Improved Initiative; Mobility

Climate/Terrain: Nordheim
Challenge Rating
: 7
Treasure: None
Alignment: Chaotic Evil
Advancement: by Character class

"Before him, swaying like a sapling in the wind, stood a woman.  To his dazed eyes her body was like ivory, and, save for a light veil of gossamer, she was naked as the day.  Her slender feet were whiter than the snow they spurned.  She laughed down at the warrior with a laughter that was sweeter than the rippling of silvery fountains and poisonous with cruel mockery.  His gaze went again to her unruly locks, which at first he had thought to be red.  Now he saw that they were neither red nor yellow, but a glorious compound of both colors.  He gazed spellbound.  Her hair was like elfin gold; the sun struck it so dazzlingly that he could scarcely bear to look upon it.  Her eyes were likewise neither wholly blue nor wholly grey, but of shifting colors he could not have named.  Her full red lips smiled, and from her slender feet to the blinding  crown of her billowy hair, her ivory body was as perfect as the dream of a god.  Conan's pulse hammered in his temples."

~Robert E. Howard, "The Frost Giant's Daughter"

Atali, the daughter of Ymir, the Frost Giant god, comes to the fields of the dead, showing herself to the dying.  She lures men from stricken fields into the wastelands to be slain by her brothers, the frost giants, who lay men's hearts smoking on Ymir's table..

She is extremely beautiful. She can call upon her father for aid, and he will often protect her. See Gods of The Hyborian Age for more information on Ymir.

Combat
Atali doesn't fight directly.  She lures people with her charm power to an ambush by her two frost giant brothers.

Charm: Characters who view Atali must make a Will save (DC 22).  If the character is dying, then the DC is increased to 32.  If the Will save fails, the character must make every effort to follow Atali, for the character will desire her.

Robert E. Howard's story, "The Hour of the Dragon," was first published in slightly differently form under the title Gods of the North in The Fantasy Fan for March (1934)  Reprinted in this form in Fantastic Universe Science Fiction for December (1956). Revised by Robert E. Howard and later by L. Sprague de Camp, it was reprinted under its present title in Fantasy Fiction for August , by Future Publications, Inc. (1953) and reprinted in The Coming of Conan, by Robert E. Howard, Gnome Press, Inc. (1953).  It was Freely adapted in the (black and white) comic magazine Savage Tales #1, by Roy Thomas, artwork by Barry Smith, Magazine Management Co. (May, 1971).  Comic adaptation reprinted in the comic book Conan the Barbarian #16, by Roy Thomas, artwork by Barry Smith, Marvel Comics Group, NY (197?)  Current sources: Conan of Cimmeria, by Robert E. Howard, L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter, Ace Books, New York, NY (1969), and The Conan Chronicles Volume 1: People of the Black Circle.

 

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