Type Magical beast
CR 5
Environment warm forests and mountains

Source: J3: Crucible of Chaos, pg(s). 28-29

These giant aerial apes are servants of the ancient Shory empire. They served as troops and guardians for their enormous flying cities. They were no mere slave race however, but served as valued allies. They fought in many wars for the Shory and in turn gradually were honed into better troops, learning how to use weapons and aerial combat tactics. This past is long behind them, now rather than flying cities they roost in tree tops and cliffs. They live together as dwindling tribes allying either with more powerful creatures such as dragons or demanding tribute from the lesser apes with whom they share their jungle home.


The Derhii look like their land-bound cousin the gorilla except on their back sprout a pair of huge black-grey wings that look like they belong on either a buzzard or vulture. They stand taller than a human reaching between eight and nine feet tall and weighing around four hundred pounds. Their arms are long when compared with their torso and their faces show more signs of intelligence than their gorilla cousins. [1]

Habitat & EcologyEdit

The Derhii live in warm forest and mountains south of the Mwangi Expanse. There they prefer to inhabit either the tops of trees or cliff-side caves that are high of the ground. They often demand tribute from surrounding groups of apes who share their habitat. Derhii are carnivorous but when meat is scarce they can survive on fruits and roots. They can communicate over long distances via the use of drums. They can also use they deep, booming voices in a similar way. In the time of the ancient Shory empire, Derhii could also be summoned via ape bells but these have been lost to modern civilization.[1]


When engaging in a fight the Derhii prefer to fight from the air. They generally try to soften up their foes with thrown javelins before charging in to finish them off. Their aerial charges are ferocious and their attacks are capable of knocking their opponents prone. If ancient texts are to be believed (primarily the book Kings of the Flying Apes) they learned these tactics from the ancient Shory.[2]