Friday, 27 February 2015

A Quartet of Epic Boons

I'm sure it will come as no surprise to any of you that I love epic level play. I adore the stupidly over the top adventures that heroes of high power encounter, and love the scale of such games. Therefore, I was quite pleased to see, built into the core game of 5e, a mechanism for having those kinds of games, without things getting insanely out of control for the GM.

Since first seeing the Epic Boons (DMG, p. 231-232), I have been thinking about the kinds of things I would want to see. I always felt that epic powers should break the core rules of the game in cool ways, and am really pleased with the ones presented there. However, I have a few more to add (and I suspect, many, many more to come), which I recognise may have the potential to be unbalanced...but which I suspect won't actually be that terrible, and will definitely be amazing for players. See what you think!

BOON OF DESTRUCTION
When you hit with an attack, inflict additional damage equal to 20 + the number of epic boons your possess. Once you have used this power, you cannot use it until you have had a long rest. You may take this power more than once. Each time you do, you may use it one more time per long rest.

BOON OF ENHANCED ATTUNEMENT
You can now have up to four items attuned at once

BOON OF FOCUSED MAGIC
You can concentrate on two spells or effects at once

BOON OF GREATER CASTING
You gain a virtual spell slot 1 level higher than your highest spell slot. This can be used only for the purpose of casting a spell at a higher level.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Feat: Eschew Material Components

You have learned ways gathering the energies needed to cast spells, without needing to rely so often on material components.

BENEFITS

* You no longer need mundane material components to cast your spells. Mundane components are those with no listed cost.

* When you cast a spell with a material component with a specified cost, make a saving throw. The ability you save with is your spell casting attribute, and the D. C.  is 20 + The spells level. If you succeed, the component is not consumed, and may be used again.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Arcane Ooze - CR 8

Continuing my efforts to convert some of the stranger and less used beasties to 5e, here is the Arcane Ooze - a strange critter from the 3.5 Monster Manual III

Arcane Ooze
Huge Ooze (Unaligned)
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Armour Class: 5
Hit Points
: 137 (13d12+65)
Speed 20'; Climb 20' (Spider Climb)
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STR 19 (+4) DEX 1 (-5) CON 21 (+5) INT 2 (-4) WIS 2 (-4) CHA 1 (-5)
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Saving Throws: Strength +8, Constitution +9
Damage Immunities: Immune to Magic; Fortification 50%
Condition Immunities: Blind, Prone, Frightened
Senses: Blindsight 60' (Blind beyond this); Passive Perception: 6
Challenge: 8 (3,900 xp)
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Immunity To Magic: The Ooze is immune to all spells that allow a saving throw. In addition, lightning damage effects it as if it was under a Haste spell for 3 rounds (does not suffer lethargy when the effect ends), and Acid damage heals it for an amount equal to the damage it would have caused.

Oozy Form: The Ooze can move through a gap as small as 1' in diameter without suffering any kind of penalty, due to its fluid form.

Spell Siphon: When a spell caster starts their turn within 60' of the Ooze, they must make a D.C. 17 Constitution save, or their highest spell slot is erased as if they had used it to cast a spell. For each spell slot it consumes in this way, the Ooze gains temporary hit points equal to the slot's level x5. The Ooze must have line of effect to the caster for this power to function.

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ACTIONS
Multiattack: Ooze makes two Corrosive Pseudopod attacks.

Corrosive Pseudopod: Melee weapon attack, Reach 10', +8 to hit, one target, Hit: 17 (2d12+4) bludgeoning damage plus 14 (4d6) Acid damage. Target must make a D.C. 16 Strength save when hit or be Grappled until they can succeed (They may try on their turn as an action to repeat the saving throw). The Ooze may have up to four medium creature's grappled at once. Creatures that start their turn grappled by the Ooze suffer 14 (4d6) Acid damage.


Thursday, 19 February 2015

Ormid et Al - Unexpected Enemies, A Loss, Death Runes and Steel Spikes

13/7/51: 12:00 – 12:25: Still battered, bruised and tired from their travails in the halls of the Vulgorim, the group find themselves in Laeran; a young settlement that has rapidly grown in power due to its position at the crossroads between the North Republic's greatest cities. It is a place grown rich on the trade that is conducted within its walls, a realm of wide roads and sturdy, stone buildings, that is home to an ever growing population. As the party walk towards their meeting, they notice that most of the folks about are either humans or dundiir, although a few vyrleen are also seen going about their business. They also notice that there are few temples – though they know this is linked to the cities founding* - though shrines to various heroes of the 2nd Age are prominent all over the place, and at least one chapel dedicated to Rithuen'Ardanna is seen.

It is a grey, overcast day, a light, chill rain drizzling from on high, and the group are soaked by the time they find the Jaded Monk; a well built structure with a slate and tile roof, and a sign depicting a bored looking friar sat with his back to two semi-nude nymphs. Coal smoke drifts from its chimney, promising a warm fire and food within, and the group eagerly approach its heavy front door. They enter the place with the minimum of fuss, and soon learn that they are expected; their “business meeting” taking place on the second floor. Scanning the room, the vyrleen is immediately aware of more than a few individuals who are clearly servants of the TKSG scattered about - here no doubt as muscle should the meeting go awry.

Two guards dressed in chainmail and bearing heavy blades watch the door to the chamber where the meeting is to be held. The group are searched, but neither guard has the will or guts to request they hand in their various weapons, and a growl from the warforged sends them scurrying back. The meeting room consists of two chambers; the first, a welcoming room is the one the group step into. The other is a similarly sized room complete with fireplace, table and chairs, linked to the first by a short, wide corridor. The group are shown through to the second room by a pale skinned vyrleen who wears long dark robes, which flare into a rather dramatic collar. Hair slicked back, his goatee thickly oiled, this individual introduces himself as Kestrel Mirrendale; personal advisor to Khorven Dulsiir, and arch-magus of the Tanners and Knife Sharpeners Guild.

In the next room, stood behind the table waits a squat man with a wide smile. He is in his late thirties, and by the looks of his face, has endured more than a few sound beatings in the past; his nose bent from several breaks, a number of pale scars pulling his pockmarked face in several directions. He is dressed simply – though all spy the fine blade he keeps at his hip, and the glimmering rings that adorn his fingers – and seem genuinely pleased to see the group.

“May I introduce Master Khorven Dulsiir. Head of the Guild, and my patron”, declares Kestrel in a smooth voice, sweeping his hand towards the man.

The group nod a greeting, and Khorven bids them sit, in a warm but firm manner.

As the group settle, Kestrel announces that he is going to secure the room against any scrying attempts or mundane attempts to listen in, and Khorven states that they shall wait until he is done before discussing anything “of a sensitive nature”. As he says this, all catch the less than friendly look he gives Llewellyn, and for a second the group wonder what lies in store.

Khorven pours the artificer and rogue a drink, whilst the Veteran and Ferrous wait patiently. In the other room, they can hear the vyrleen chanting, the air tingling with power as he wreathes it with his abjurations. The first spells are harmless enough; seeming only to lend a thickness to the air that stifles sound and makes everything feel somewhat muffled. However, as he moves through the second chant, the artificer realises something is wrong; the words – sharp and sibilant – being ones he recognises as...

Khorven sees Ormid's face, and the artificer realises from his reaction that he has no idea what is going on either. Sensing something – a pressure that is building that all recognise as the forging of an interdimensional portal – the group stand, their chairs falling back. In the other room, they can see Kestrel has his arms raised, the air before him puckered and warped, his eyes shining brilliant crimson as his mouth works the vile words of his spell.

“Get him!” Shrieks Ormid, his battlefist powering up, “Get him before he can finish the spell!”

But it's too late...it is complete, and suddenly the portal throbs open, a wave of chill stench blasting into the room on the horrifying gusts of a sound that causes all in the room (apart from Kestrel, who is laughing madly, his eyes still shining, his eye teeth suddenly elongated into sharp canines) to flinch in shock.

It is a dirge of purest sorrow; a cacophony of wailing, screaming and weeping that triggers profound misery in all the living souls in the room, slowing their reactions and distracting them somewhat from what they must do. It tears at their minds and crushes their hope, calling forth memories of such loss and sadness that all struggle to concentrate on anything else.

“W-What is that?” Gasps Ormid, shaking his head as if trying to dislodge the dirge.

“I don't know.” Screams Khorven, shaking and pale, “This is nothing to do with me!”

Kestrel has already cast another spell, his form suddenly flickering and shimmering as if caught in the midst of a potent mirage, and the group realise that if they don't fight through their shock, their enemies will soon end them.

Suddenly, four pale humanoids dressed in the dark clothes of Khorven's guild, step through the portal, and the guild masters gasps as he recognises them as men he thought alive until now. Each have feral, burning eyes of blood red, pale skin and extended eye teeth. All bear the wounds that so recently saw them transformed into fledgling cold ones. They bear short swords, and move with an unnatural fluid grace and speed, that only enhances their unearthly menace. Like Kestrel, these vampires are unaffected by the horrific screams and wails that issue from the portal, seeming to relish the despair it instils in the group.
And then, as the vampires stalk towards the party (save one, that draws a crossbow and stands as guardian with Kestrel), the source of the hellish wailing appears; emerging slowly from the portal in a pool of its own shadow. It is a humanoid apparition that appears as a tormented male wrapped in bloodied and tattered robes. Its spectral skin is covered in scratches and cuts, and cruel lengths of leather have been bound tightly across its form, biting into it. It is lipless, and its mouth is locked wide open, allowing it to issue the painful song of ultimate loss and misery that curdles the air. However, most horrific of all, the undead things eyes are gone having been replaced by several cruel nails, which have been driven deep into its eye sockets. From these wounds drips a constant flow of corrosive black gore, which trickles onto the monsters' talons, and into its mouth.

“You thought you would undo the glorious plans of the Masters of all Shadows did you!” Screams Kestrel, his hands already moving to start another spell, “Thought you would disrupt his ineffable designs?”

Somehow Ormid manages, through the sorrow that swallows him, to work a spell, enhancing the warforged's weapon, honing its blade to an impossible sharpness. Seeing this, Kestrel spits out another complex spell, and a blinding beam of brilliant green energy flashes from his fingers to strike Ferrous, half the defender's side simply vanishing in a burst of lambent particles. Veteran charges forwards, his axe snarling as flames begin to jet from its blade. He is stopped by one of the vampires, who jabs twice at his chest, the blade turning off his armour. In response, he hacks the undead things three times, each blow carving a cavernous steaming, spitting wound into it. As the last blow hits, the vampire collapses into a cloud of dirty mist, which flows as if alive towards and into the portal. Another of the vampire rogues leaps towards the warforged, half its head vanishing as Khorven, tears in his eyes, fires a shot from a rune carved pistol**. The bullet hits home, blasting a crater in its head. The monster, unfazed, lands in front of the Veteran, its blade snaking out and finding a gap in his armour. As it stands, the warrior watches in grim fascination as the vampire's head begins to pull itself together, its unholy necromantic metabolism healing its wounds at an impossible rate.

Suddenly Llewellyn appears next to the warforged, the Momentum sweeping out before him. He leaps towards the undead rogue attacking the Veteran, and then leaps away without making an attack, the horror instinctively trying to stab him. However, the rogue twists in such a way that the blade misses, and the vampire ends up somehow stabbing itself. Still in motion, the vyrleen repeats this manoeuvre against a second rogue, and then against Kestrel himself.

Infuriated, Kestrel glares intensely at the back of the warforged's head, allowing his potent undead psyche to reach forth. “Friend,” he whispers into his mind, “we are not enemies. We are both soldiers that serve a great destiny. Fight with me against these fools. Help me to...” A spear of hot agony flashes across the front of his face as the warforged manages to push his suggestions away, sending the vampire mage's head snapping back with a hiss.

“Bastard!” He curses, sweeping his hand out, and filling the back chamber with withering flame; blasting the grievously wounded Iron Defender to the ground, its systems overwhelmed, its artificial life ebbing. The artificer and guild master are also badly burned in the sudden eruption of raw destructive magic – though at the flame's touch, the artificer's daemon amulet begins to shine with a sickly light, shielding him against any further fiery attacks.

The vampire facing the Veteran is dispatched; easily avoiding a huge chop that would have destroyed it, only to find the Annihilator in its chest twice more a split second later. Like its companion, at the moment of death, it melts into a scudding mass of oily mist, flowing weakly towards the portal. Still reeling from the horrible screams of the Wheep, the warforged moves towards it, his blade swinging. Similarly, the rogue hurls his mace towards it, the Adamant head becoming lensed as it gathers unnatural momentum and gravity about itself, gathering mass and lethality as it flies. Both attacks strike the vile spirit, devastating the thing; its shrieks of misery only increasing as they carve into its semi-solid form, the icy cold of death stinging Veteran's arms as he hits. A bullet from Khorven's pistol strikes the horror in the chest, and with a final ululating scream it vanishes – the sudden lack of its screams shocking to the living in the chamber.

Kestrel reacts with fury at this as the rogue cartwheels away to intercept another of the Vampire spawn, his mace devastating its neck and upper chest as it slams home, screaming the words to another potent spell. In the back chamber, Ormid has just finished applying reparative oils and spells to the downed Defender. However, his ears prick up as he hears the vampire mage's chants, and he dives back, screaming a warning. As this happens, the rooms are briefly flooded with blinding light as a cone of dizzying, blasting, blinding colours – brighter than the sun and heavy with magic – explode from Kestrel's hands, engulfing the two rogues and the Defender. Bathed in crimson light, the vyrleen feels the band of the Flame's Essence grow intensely cold on his finger, as it utterly absorbs the fiery energy of the spell. Ferrous is struck by a hazy wave of dazzling blue energy, his body immediately becoming covered in frost, his suddenly frozen vital fluids erupting through his armoured exterior before he crashes, damaged beyond consciousness again, to the ground.
However, Ferrous is lucky compared to poor Khorven. Leaping to avoid a vivid green stream, the guild leader is struck by a arcing current of violet magic. He screams as it strikes him immediately blind, and sinks to his knees as the violet energy grows brighter and more dense about him, seeming to utterly consume him. He manages a final scream before, with a pop of displaced air, he vanishes, leaving no trace.

Seeing this, the final lesser vampire is dispatched, and the group move to take out the mage. Llewellyn leaps towards him, mace swinging, but is stopped mid-stride as Kestrel's preternatural will hammers into his mind, compelling him to stop and to attack the Warforged. For the briefest moment, the command takes, and Llewellyn falters in his approach. Ormid works more healing spells; shattering a luminous vial of alchemical fluids on the ceiling, soaking the party, the mix restoring their bodies somewhat, and the Veteran slashes out at the mage, striking him firmly, a hiss of furious protest escaping the vampire's blue tinged lips. In response, Kestrel leaps back, and utters a coughing, sharp word of power, thrusting his hand at the warrior.

And at once, the warforged disappears...

...finding himself in another place – a realm of surreal, warped, shifting walls and endless unreal corridors. With a metallic growl of frustration, he begins to move forwards, desperate to find his way out of the extraplanar labyrinth to which he has been sent. For what seems like an eternity he wanders, unable to make sense of the constantly changing maze, with its strange angles, illogical patterns and impossible configurations, and he begins to wonder if he will ever find a way out....until....

Suddenly he is back in the chamber, the air still thick with the stink of undeath and cold magic. Across the way, he sees Kestrel spinning back, his ribcage caved in by a massive blow from Llewellyn's mace – the rogue having called upon his stubborn free will, to drive the vampire's insidious commands from his mind. The warforged can see that the blow has rendered the undead mage insensible for a moment, and he is tumbling, helplessly, towards the portal he opened, which is beginning to collapse without its caster to sustain it.

Gasping, the artificer stumbles into the chamber, watching Kestrel fly back.

“The portal!” He yells, “It's our only chance to get to the heart of all this!”

Reaching out with his arcane strength, the artificer manages to “grasp” the fraying form of the portal (in a metaphysical sense). He gasps as he feels terrific forces pulling at him, and grits his teeth as he pours his will into its structure, reinforcing it as it begins to lose cohesion. Trusting Ormid, the rest of the group leap towards it, their journey becoming a terrifying, chaotic horror ride as the artificer, following, is no longer able to keep it stable...

.Up and down lose meaning.....
.Snatches of sounds from unknowable sources roll around them....
....Dizziness....Nausea.....Screaming......And then......

...Order reasserts itself, and the group are dropped in a pile of flailing limbs and pained moans...

12:25 – 12:40 They are in a sewer tunnel, the air thick with the stench of ordure and foul water. The one they stand in is bone dry however, one end of it sealed by a steaming fall of scummy, stinking water. At the other end is a wall, within which stands a very sturdy door of metal.

“Shouldn't we have appeared right where the treacherous bastard went?” Snarls the Veteran.

“The portal collapsed as we entered it.” Replies Ormid, “In truth, we are lucky we weren't catapulted into some random dimension, or embedded in solid stone”.

“What happened to Khorven?” Whispers the rogue.

Ormid says nothing, and instead just shakes his head.

The door is checked by Ormid for the presence of magic, and he immediately senses an incredibly potent ward on it. Gingerly, he reaches out towards it, allowing the form and flow of the energies to reach back. After a few seconds he withdraws sharply with a gasp.

“Symbol of Death”, he whispers, before loudly warning his allies. “Far more potent magic than even Kestrel was using. I have a horrible feeling there is more to all this than simply him and his treachery.”

“Can you get rid?” Asks Llewelyn.

“I can, though it won't be easy, and if I mess up...”

Everyone except the artificer exits the tunnel, wincing as they slosh through the disturbingly warm waters that gush from above the tunnel's opposite end, trying not to think about their source or contents.

Licking his lips, Ormid closes his eyes and once more allows his supernatural awareness to extend towards the vicious black tangle of runes and glyphs that ward the door – a hidden matrix of spells that, if triggered, would unleash a blast of death magic that would stop his and the rest of the group's hearts instantly. Carefully, he picks mentally at them, gently teasing them apart and forcing them to adopt new configurations, allowing the lethal energy to flow gently away. The physical world fades as he concentrates completely on the task, his heart slowing to a crawl as a detached calm envelops his being. Slowly, carefully, he applies pressures to the strands, and little by little, bit by bit, they begin to come apart, gently releasing their deadly payload into the aether.

Ormid returns to reality, suddenly aware of a lightness to the very essence of the air that the invisible death rune was suppressing, although another energy – the unmistakable psychic stench of a fiendish presence – rushes to fill the sudden void.

Soaking in sewer water, the Veteran smashes the door down, and at once the air is filled with distant sounds of screaming and hissing, as well as the charnel stench of undeath. Immediately beyond the door is a small, neat, dressed stone chamber, wreathed in shadows. A single descending stairway to the right is the only exit, and it is from there that the sounds and stinks emit.

“Ready?” Asks Ormid, before striding in. The others begin to follow, but stop sharply as the floor suddenly erupts with slender spikes of steel, several of which punch into the artificer's body, briefly lifting him off the ground before slamming him down hard on the ground. Gasping, Ormid scrambles to his feet, blood pooling beneath him. He manages to leap out just before the spikes stab up again, crashing at his allies feet....

“Guess....guess I missed that one.” He wheezes, blood still pouring from his wounds.

* At the end of the Age of Loss, about 100 years before, the Cellinthar'Valladirite leaders, the “Council of Ten”, elected to turn their city into a holy site, utterly dedicated to their deity. This unfortunately meant forcing those not of the Cellinthar'Valladirite faith to leave. Thousands were displaced, each given a small stipend to help them “resettle”, and to this day, there is no love lost between the people of Laeran and the Holy Guides.

** This weapon is clearly enchanted, for although it creates the usual cloud of smoke and flash, no sound issues from its heavy, blunt barrel.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Ormid and the Gang Ride Again!

After several months of conversion and conversation, everyone's fave artificer, warforged prototype and easily bored rogue are back tonight!

And things haven't improved since the last edition really...


Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Necrophidius - CR 1 (Large Construct)

The Necrophidius is one of the creepier monsters about I think - although the art in the AD&D Fiend Folio definitely wasn't. Converted it tonight, and thought I would share.

Necrophidius
Large Construct (Neutral)
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Armour Class: 15 (Natural Armour)
Hit Points
: 44 (8d10)
Speed 40'
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STR 12 (+1) DEX 16 (+3) CON 11 (+0) INT 10 (+0) WIS 12 (+1) CHA 3 (-4)
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Saving Throws: Dexterity +5
Skills: Stealth +5 (Unnatural Guardian)
Damage Resistances: Slashing, Piercing
Damage Immunities: Poison, Psychic
Damage Vulnerability: Bludgeoning
Condition Immunities: Charmed, Frightened, Unconscious; Immutable Form
Senses: Darkvision 60'; Passive Perception: 13 (Unnatural Guardian)
Language: Understands creator's language
Challenge: 1 (200 XP)
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Immutable Form: The Necrophidius is immune to any effects that would change its shape or form.

Unnatural Guardian: The Necrophidius gains advantage on both Dexterity (Stealth) and Wisdom (Perception) checks.

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ACTIONS
Paralysing Bite: Melee weapon attack, Reach 10', +3 to hit, one target, Hit: 10 (2d8+1) piercing damage and target must make a D.C. 10 Wisdom saving throw of be paralysed for 10d4 minutes. At the end of each of their turns, the target may repeat the save to end the paralyses early. This effect is not a poison based one, but a magical one, meaning it can be ended with a successful Dispel Magic or similar.

Dance of Death: The Necrophidius rises up on its tail and begins to sway. All seeing creatures within a 30' radius must make a D.C. 13 Wisdom saving throw or become incapacitated and have their speed drop to 0, as if under the effects of a Hypnotic Pattern spell. They remain this way until the dance stops, or until the Necrophidius is destroyed. A character that takes damage whilst under the influence of this power may make another saving throw to break free.




Sunday, 8 February 2015

Shadow Mephit - CR 1/2 (Small Humanoid - Shadow)

These things were something I cooked up for when Ormid and the gang encountered the Shade under the Deserts of Zaephaeri'Criz. Alas, I never used them, and then the edition went and changed on us! Anyway, enjoy. Shadow Mephits, like their elemental kin are wretched, bat-winged humanoid. They are shifting, smoky things, that lurk silently in the gloom, waiting for the right moment to swarm and enemy and drain their life force.

Shadow Mephit
Small Humanoid (shadow) (Neutral Evil)
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Armour Class: 13 (Dexterity)
Hit Points
: 22 (9d6-9)
Speed 30', Fly 30'
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STR 8 (-1) DEX 16 (+3) CON 9 (-1) INT 14 (+2) WIS 12 (+1) CHA 10 (+0)
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Skills: Stealth +5 (+10 in dim light or darkness)
Damage Resistances: Necrotic; Slashing, Piercing and Bludgeoning from Non-Magical or Non-Silvered weapons
Damage Immunities: Poison
Damage Vulnerability: Radiant; Fly the Light
Senses: Darkvision 120'; Shadowborn ;Passive Perception: 13
Language: Shadorym
Challenge: 1/2 (100 xp)

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Shadowborn: The Shadow Mephit's darkvision functions even in magical darkness, and it gains a natural +5 bonus to Stealth checks when not in bright light.

Fly the Light: The Shadow Mephit becomes Frightened if it starts its turn in an area of bright light, and will use all of its movement and actions to get into an area of dim light or darker. Whilst in an area of bright light, attacks against the Mephit have combat advantage, and it has disadvantage on attack rolls and saving throws.

Innate Spellcasting (1/day):The Mephit can innately cast Mirror Image (AC of duplicates is 13)
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ACTIONS
Claw: Melee weapon attack, Reach 5', +5 to hit, one target, Hit: 8 (1d10+3) slashing damage. 
If the attack roll is a natural 17+, and this hits a target, they must also make a D.C. 9 Constitution saving throw or be Blinded until the end of the Mephit's next turn.

Draining Breath (Recharge 5-6): The Mephit exhales a 15' cone of shadowy energy. Creatures within it suffer 7 (2d6) Necrotic damage and must make a D.C. 9 Constitution saving throw or have their total hit points reduced by the same amount until the end of their next long rest. Characters reduced to 0 total hit points by this attack instantly die, and rise as Shadows within 1d12 hours.

REACTIONS

Bloodied Breath: When the mephit is first reduced to half its total hit points, it immediately recharges and uses its Draining Breath power.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Devourer - CR 15 (Large Undead)

Yes, there was a reason I statted up Ghoul Touch. I'm preparing a whole host of high level baddies, in preparation for Ormid and the gang's ongoing adventures in 5e. They may or may not encounter these horrors, but I wanted to get them converted for their pure creepy evilness.

Just realised Bodak's never made it into the 5e Monster Manual...Hmmmmm....

Anyway...

Devourer
Large Undead (Chaotic Evil)
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Armour Class: 19 (Natural Armour)
Hit Points
: 294 (28d10+140)
Speed 30'
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STR 24 (+7) DEX 11 (+0) CON 21 (+5) INT 19 (+4) WIS 17 (+3) CHA 21 (+5)
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Saving Throws: Strength +12, Constitution +10, Wisdom +8, Charisma +10
Damage Immunities: Necrotic, Poison
Condition Immunities: Poisoned, Unconscious, Disease
Senses: Darkvision 120', Truesight 60' ;Passive Perception: 18
Language: Varies
Challenge: 15 (13,000 XP)

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Magic Resistance: The Devourer has advantage on saving throws against all spells and spell like powers.

Spell Bound Soul: If the Devourer has a soul trapped, the soul and not the undead is affected by the following spells if they are cast at it; Banishing Smite, Banishment, Confusion, Detect Thoughts, Dispel Evil, Divine Word, Dominate Person, Fear, Geas, Hypnotic Pattern, Imprisonment, Magic Jar, Maze, Suggestion, and any form of Charm or Compulsion. Some of these spells may serve to remove the soul, which in turn removes the Devourer's power source for its spells.

Innate Spellcasting: The Devourer can cast the following spells. However, doing so requires it to have a soul trapped, each spell reducing the trapped soul's total hit points by an amount equal to 5 + The spell's level (a soul is considered to have as many hit points when first captured as its normal, living total hit points – discounting any losses from the monster's own attacks). Spellcasting attribute is Charisma. Spell attack bonus is +10, Spell Save D.C. Is 18.

At-Will: Confusion, Create Undead (does not need any bodies), Ghoul Touch (see below), Conjure Elementals (may also be used to summon daemons or devils), Ray of Enfeeblement and Suggestion.

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ACTIONS

Multiattack:The Devourer either makes two Reaving Claw attacks, or a Reaving Claw and Trap the Soul attack (if able).

Reaving Claw: Melee weapon attack, Reach 10', +12 to hit, one target, Hit: 19 (1d20+7) slashing damage plus 21 (6d6) Necrotic damage, and targets total hit points amount is reduced by an amount equal to the Necrotic damage inflicted until the end of their next long rest, or until they receive the benefits of a Greater Restoration spell or similar. Characters who's total hit points are reduced to 0 die instantly, and cannot be returned to life by any means short of a Wish or similar, until they somehow have the lost hit points returned.

Trap the Soul: (recharges when the Devourer does not have a soul trapped): Melee spell attack, Reach 10, +12 to hit, one target, Hit: Target must make a D.C. 18 Constitution save or die. If they die, their body rots to nothing, and their soul becomes trapped in the Devourer's chest cavity, where it can be consumed to fuel the monster's spell casting. The soul can only be freed by means of a Wish, Imprisonment, Magic Jar or, if not on its home plane, Banishment. The slain individual cannot be brought back from the dead whilst their soul is trapped, and, should it be destroyed, at all (without direct divine intervention).

Ah......He's behind you!!!!

Ghoul Touch - Level 2 Necromancy

Ghoul Touch
Level 2 Necromancy

Casting Time: 1 Action
Range: Melee
Components: V, S, M (Scrap of cloth from the clothes of a Ghoul, or soil from a Ghoul's lair)
Duration: 1d6+4 rounds

Your hand is surrounded by a sickly aura of festering energy, which you transfer to an enemy through touch. Once hit, the target may make a Constitution save to negate this spell's effects. If they fail the saving throw, they are Paralysed for its duration, and emit a horrifying stench that forces all living creatures first coming or starting their turn within 10' of them to make a Constitution save to avoid being Poisoned until the end of their own next turn. Once a creature saves against the stench, it cannot be affected by it again from that casting of the spell.

This spell is found on the Wizard, Sorcerer and Priest Domain of Undeath spell list.

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Death Armour - Level 2 Necromancy

Discovered a stack of my old 1st, 2nd and 3rd edition books at my parent's home today, and immediately began ripping into them looking for stuff to nick for my 5e game. Of course, there is a stupid amount of great stuff, this spell (taken from the 2nd Edition Cult of the Dragon source book) being one of them; 

Death Armour
Level 2 Necromancy

Casting Time: 1 Action
Range: Personal
Components: V, S, M (Special ungent which costs 10 gps to make, and takes 2 full rounds to apply. This spell can be then cast within 8 hours of it being applied)
Duration: 1 minute per caster level (Concentration)

You shroud yourself in a crackling mantle of greenish black necrotic energy, which inflicts 4d4 necrotic damage to any creature striking you with a melee attack – although they may make a Constitution saving throw to negate this. This damage can affect a creature multiple times in a round, each time requiring a separate saving throw. Whilst this spell is active, you gain a +2 bonus to your AC.
If you are killed whilst this spell is active, you are considered to have automatically failed 1d3 death saves (which means you can possibly be killed outright).
At Higher Levels: When you use a spell slot higher than 2nd, this spell inflicts +2d4 more necrotic damage for every slot level above 2nd .

This spell is found on the Wizard, Sorcerer and Warlock spell list. It is also a 2nd level spell on the Priest's Undead Domain.



Monday, 2 February 2015

Triffid - CR 2 (Large Plant)

I have a fascination with carnivorous plants, and have grown them for many years. The first ever novel I ever read was John Wyndham's Day of the Triffids and as a child I obsessed about walking, stinging plants. So, in honor of those creepy beasts, here are my 5e stats for the titular monsters of that book; Triffidus flos draco, the Triffid.


Triffid (Triffidus flos draco)
Large Plant (Unaligned)
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Armour Class: 10
Hit Points
: 49 (9d10)
Speed 10' (Forestwalk)
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STR 12 (+1) DEX 10 (+0) CON 11 (+0) INT 3 (-4) WIS 11 (+0) CHA 4 (-3)
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Skills: Natural Appearance
Condition Immunities: Blinded (see Sound Blindness), Frightened, Poisoned,
Senses: Blindsight 120' (blind beyond this distance; see Sound Blindness), Tremorsense 10' ;Passive Perception: 10
Challenge: 2 (450 xp)
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Forestwalk: The Triffid ignores difficult terrain caused by trees, bushes or other natural features found in a forested area, even if they are not caused by nature.

Natural Appearance: The Triffid gains advantage on Dexterity (Stealth) checks to hide in forested surroundings

Sound Blindness: If deafened, the Triffid cannot use its Blindsight. If it takes Thunder damage, it must make a Constitution save (effects normal save D.C. Or 10 if no save detailed), or be blinded until the end of its next turn. It's tremorsense still functions normally when blinded in this manner.
 
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ACTIONS
 

Stinger: Melee weapon attack, Reach 15', +2 to hit, one target, Hit: 10 (2d8+1) slashing damage, and target is poisoned for 10 hours if they fail a D.C. 10 Constitution save. Poisoned creatures are allowed another saving throw at the end of every minute. If they fail three saving throws before they make one, they die. Whilst poisoned, the target is also blinded. If they failed their saving throw by 5+, they are also Paralysed whilst poisoned.

Roots: All creatures within 10' of the Triffid, that do not have Forestwalk and are in contact with the ground, must make a D.C. 11 Dexterity saving throw or be knocked prone. If they fail this save by 6+, they are stunned until the end of the Triffid's next turn. 

 Now the main thing to remember with Triffids, is that they won't
tolerate lime in their water. Give 'em lime, and they'll not only get
Chlorotic on you, they might just sting your face off.... 

Saturday, 31 January 2015

A Creepy Extra Power for your Wolf-In-Sheep's-Clothing

This power might be useful if you have a seasoned band of players, who are definitely not going to fall for the old "Oh, it's just a rabbit or some lost gold on a tree stump" ruse. It's also quite creepy to have a wet, sticky tentacle suddenly leap through the air and yank your poor PC towards a yawning, toothy maw, gaping suddenly in the side of a "tree stump".

ADDITIONAL POWER:


Some Wolf-In-Sheep's-Clothing can extrude adhesive tendrils from around their bases, which can be fired off to bring in more distant prey.

BONUS ACTION; Adhesive Tendril: One target within 15' of the Wolf-In-Sheep's-Clothing must make a D.C. 10 Dexterity saving throw or be hit by the tendril. Such characters must make a contested Strength check with the Wolf-In-Sheep's-Clothing, or be pulled into a square adjacent to it. The Wolf-In-Sheep's-Clothing gains advantage when making this contested check.

Friday, 30 January 2015

Wolf-In-Sheep's-Clothing CR 5 (Small Monstrosity)

Weirdness...and one that just had to be done!

Wolf-In-Sheep's-Clothing
Small Monstrosity (Unaligned)
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Armour Class: 14 (Natural Armour)
Hit Points
: 103 (23d6+23)
Speed 10'; Forestwalk
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STR 16 (+3) DEX 8 (-1) CON 13 (+1) INT 3 (-4) WIS 8 (-1) CHA 4 (-3)
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Condition Immunities: Blind, Prone
Senses: Tremorsense 30';Passive Perception: 9
Challenge: 5 (1,800 XP)
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False Appearance: The Wolf-In-Sheep's-Clothing cannot be distinguished from a tree stump when examined closely.

Innate Spellcasting: The Wolf-In-Sheep's-Clothing can cast the following spell without the need for material components;

At-Will: Phantasmal Force (save D.C. 15).

The Wolf-In-Sheep's-Clothing uses this to create the illusion of something small and attractive to potential prey, in order to bring them in close enough to strike at them by surprise. They innately "know" that small game, a gleam of golden light or similar can bring most prey close enough to attack.
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ACTIONS
 

Multiattack: The Wolf-In-Sheep's-Clothing makes one Bite attack and up to three Root attacks.

Bite: Melee weapon attack, Reach 5', +6 to hit, one target, Hit: 21 (4d8+3) piercing damage.

Root: Melee weapon attack, Reach 5', +6 to hit, one target, Hit: 9 (1d12+3) bludgeoning damage and target must make a D.C. 14 Dexterity or Strength save or be grappled. Grappled characters suffer an automatic 9 bludgeoning damage at the start of their turns, and the Wolf-In-Sheep's-Clothing has advantage on its Bite attack against them. A grappled character may repeat their saving throw as an action, and at the end of their turns, in order to try and escape. The Wolf-In-Sheep's-Clothing may have up to three medium target's grappled at once, although it can no longer make a Root attacks if this is the case. 


::EDITED 31/1/2015 - Just changed some of the text to make it clearer what this monster can do, and changed the "Branches" attack to "Root", because it sounds considerably less lame.  

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Ferrous Mk III - 4e and 5e Comparison

So, Ferrous Mk III, is the (?) faithful sidekick to Ormid, Veteran and Llewellyn. The third version, if you recall, was imbued with the essence of a chaotic dimension using the planar device found in the ancient Guild Vault, and as such, he is imbued with darkling powers. We are playing the Ormid games in 5e now, and tonight I converted him over. For your consideration then are his 4th Edition and 5th Edition stats, so you can see how I have converted him over. 


Ferrous Mk III
Large Construct (Chaotic [Evil])
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Armour Class: 19 (Armour Plating)
Hit Points
: 85 (9d10+36)
Speed 30'; Dark Walk
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STR 21 (+5) DEX 15 (+2) CON 19 (+4) INT 5 (-3) WIS 10 (+0) CHA 7 (-2)
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Saving Throws: Constitution +7
Damage Resistances: Cold, Necrotic, Thunder; Fortification 50%
Condition Immunities: disease, exhausted, frightened, unconscious, poisoned
Senses: Darkvision 60', Passive Perception +13
Challenge: 8 (3,900 XP)
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Consume the Fallen: The defender inflicts +5 (2d4) damage to a prone enemy

Chaotic Soul: There is a cumulative 1% chance per round of combat that Ferrous' chaotic soul comes to the fore, and he goes into a rage. Whilst in this state, no one is considered his ally, and he will attack random targets to the best of his ability. He can be calmed with a contested Charisma (Diplomacy) check made against his Wisdom. Doing this is an Action.  Otherwise, he calms once all other creatures are slain, or after 3d20 minutes.

Fortification: Ferrous has a 50% chance to reduce any critical hit scored against him to a normal hit.

Murderous Presence: Whilst in the Murderous Presence stance, Ferrous inflicts +5 thunder damage with all his attack, as do all allies as long as they remain within 10' of him. All attacks by Ferrous and his allies also gain the following property; Crit: target is stunned unless they make a D.C. 13 Constitution save (save ends).


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ACTIONS
Multiattack: Ferrous makes two Pandaemonic Bite attacks. 

Murderous Presence: Ferrous activates his Murderous Presence stance. The stance remains active until Ferrous ends it (bonus action) is incapacitated, or the battle ends, whichever happens first. 

Pandaemonic Bite: Melee weapon attack, Reach 5', +8 to hit, one target, Hit: 18 (3d8+5) piercing damage and Ferrous teleports up to 20'. Even Hit: Target's armour (if any) is reduced by 2 until the end of Ferrous' next turn.

Winds of Madness: (Recharge 5-6): Range 50', Target suffers 40 (9d8) thunder damage and enemies have advantage on attack rolls against them until the end of Ferrous' next turn. If they make a D.C. 15 Dexterity save, the damage is halved and they do not grant advantage. Save Failed 5+: Target is pushed 1d4x5', and must make a second D.C. 15 Dexterity save or be knocked prone.

Wounding Bite: Melee weapon attack, Reach 5', +8 to hit, one target, Hit: 18 (3d8+5) piercing damage plus 18 (4d8) necrotic damage. Target must make a D.C. 15 Constitution save or suffer 18 (4d8) necrotic damage at the start of each of their turns, though they may repeat the save at the end of their turns to negate this effect. Save Failed 5+: If the target fails the initial saving throw by 5 or more, they gain Resistance to all healing spells and effects until they are no longer suffering necrotic damage at the start of their turns.

MOVE

Dark Walk: Ferrous teleports up to 30', and gains total concealment until the end of his next turn.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Just Wanted To Share This...


We use the most excellent Roll20 to play our games, even when we play face to face. Last weeks 5e game involved a rather massive battle, which is not yet over. This is the state of play...just thought I would share. As you can see, we have quite a few players, so encounters can be a tad more challenging that usually advised. For example...

Karzod – Urgorgori Fighter
Large Giant - Urgorgori (Chaotic Evil)
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Armour Class: 18 (Plate Armour)
Hit Points
: 134 (13d10+58)
Speed 40' (30' armoured)
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STR 22 (+6) DEX 8 (-1) CON 19 (+4) INT 7 (-2) WIS 11 (+0) CHA 7 (-2)
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Saving Throws: Strength +9, Constitution +7
Skills: Athletics +9, Perception +3; Disadvantage on Stealth
Senses: Darkvision 60' ;Passive Perception: 13
Language: Southspeak (understand only), Vulgorim
Challenge: 7 (2,900 XP)
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ACTIONS


 Multiattack: Makes two Greatsword attacks.

Greatsword : Melee weapon attack, Reach 10', +9 to hit, one target, Hit: 20 (4d6+6) slashing damage (re-roll any 1s or 2s, scores a critical hit on a natural 19 or 20)

BONUS ACTIONS

Action Surge: 1 per long or short rest may take an additional action.

Second Wind: Karzod heals 1d10+7 hit points. 

They are mostly 3rd level, with some 2nd level characters in there. Very experienced players, all playing with a "let the dice fall where they may" type attitude. So far, this battle has pushed them to their limits, and although old Karzod is not well, he can still kill a PC with a good hit...and almost has several times!

 

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Dour DM....what?

Became aware that another internet fellow is under the moniker of the Grumpy GM. As I have no interest in folks getting confused, I have grumpily moved on to becoming dour instead. Hope this doesn't cause too many issues!

Evistro (Carnage Daemon) - CR 6

The brutish Evistro was a new arrival in 4e, and a welcome one in my opinion. A daemon that didn't have millions of fancy powers or spells, but which existed to simply rip a mortal apart and gobble their juicy guts whilst it watched them writhe. I am using these in one of my games fairly soon (assuming the group get to the place where they lurk), but thought I would share as I like these guys, and hope you will too!

Evistro – Carnage Daemon
Medium Fiend – Daemon (Chaotic Evil)
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Armour Class: 15
Hit Points
: 120 (16d8+48)
Speed 30'
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STR 19 (+4) DEX 13 (+1) CON 16 (+3) INT 11 (+0) WIS 10 (+0) CHA 12 (+1)
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Damage Resistances: Variable Resistance 2/encounter (See below)
Damage Vulnerability: Cold Iron
Condition Immunities: Frightened; Bloody Minded
Senses: Greater Darkvision 60' ;Passive Perception: 11
Language: Daemonic Dialect
Challenge: 6 (2,300 XP)
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 Variable Resistance: When hit by an attack that inflicts acid, cold, fire, lightning or thunder damage, the daemon gains resistance to that energy for 1 hour. This applies to the triggering damage.

Bloody Minded: The Daemon gains advantage on saving throws against being paralysed, stunned or rendered unconscious. It also gains advantage on checks to escape being grappled.

Carnage: The Evistro gains advantage on attacks against an enemy that is adjacent to at least one allied Evistro, and when rolling damage against them, re-rolls any 1's or 2's.

Destructive Bite: Against targets who are at half or less of their total hit points, the Evistro's bite inflicts +2d10 piercing damage.

Greater Darkvision: Daemon's can see through all darkness, including that created by spells or other unnatural effects.
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ACTIONS

Multiattack: The Evistro makes two claw and one bite attack

Bite: Melee weapon attack, Reach 5', +7 to hit, one target, Hit: 22 (4d8+4) piercing damage.

Claw: Melee weapon attack, Reach 5', +7 to hit, one target, Hit: 11 (1d8+1d6+4) slashing damage.


Monday, 19 January 2015

Cinderspawn - CR 12 (Large Undead)

The 3.0 Libris Mortis introduced some very nice undead to the game. However, these things didn't really register with me until I first faced them in DDO. Up to this point, despite my thinking that they are incredibly cool (pun partly intended), I have never managed to get them into a game (other than as a building material for Niba's tower of course). However, I'm hoping that the chance will arrive some time in the future, and so, I've converted them to 5e. I hope you like them!

Cinderspawn
Large Undead – Fire (Chaotic Evil)
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Armour Class: 17
Hit Points
: 225 (30d10+60)
Speed 50'
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STR 12 (+1) DEX 21 (+5) CON 14 (+2) INT 11 (+0) WIS 11 (+0) CHA 17 (+3)
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Saving Throws: Dexterity +9, Charisma +7
Damage Resistances: Necrotic
Damage Immunities: Fire, Poison
Damage Vulnerability: Cold
Condition Immunities: Poisoned, Unconscious
Senses: Darkvision 60'; Passive Perception: 10
Language: Pyri
Challenge: 12 (8,400 XP)
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Elemental Undead: The Cinderspawn is considered to be both and undead creature, and a fire elemental.

Frostfire Shield: Anyone hitting the Cinderspawn with a melee attack suffers 13 (2d12) cold damage.

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ACTIONS


Multiattack: The Cinderspawn makes two Draining Touch attacks.

Draining Touch: Melee weapon attack, Reach 10', +9 to hit, one target, Hit: 12 (2d10+2) Cold +8 (1d10+3) Necrotic damage, and target's Charisma score is reduced by 2. Multiple hits inflict a cumulative penalty. If the target's charisma is reduced to 0, they fall unconscious until their score is raised to at least 1, and must make a D.C. 15 Constitution save every minute or die. Lost Charisma returns after a long rest at the rate of 1d6 points per hour, or when the target receives the benefits of a Greater Restoration or similar spell.

REACTIONS

Deathflame Burst: When the Cinderspawn is first reduced to half hit points, all living creatures within 25' suffer 31 (9d6) Cold plus 28 (8d6) Necrotic damage, half if they make a D.C. 14 Dexterity saving throw. 

 You put your right leg in, your right leg out...in out, in out,
Hear the victim shout! 

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Scaladar - CR 10 (Large Construct)

Since I first came across them, I have thought that the Scaladar were awesome. I mean, what's not to like about a massive metal scorpion with an electrified stinger and the ability to eat Magic Missiles (is it me, or did a lot of AD&D monsters have an immunity to Magic Missiles?). I've not actually used them very often, but hope to get to use them some time in the future. 

Anyway, a 5e conversion for you, based mostly on the 2nd Edition AD&D stats.

Scaladar
Large Construct (Unaligned)
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Armour Class: 18 (Natural Armour)
Hit Points
: 105 (10d10+50)
Speed 40', Climb 25'
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STR 20 (+5) DEX 14 (+2) CON 21 (+5) INT 2 (-4) WIS 10 (+0) CHA 2 (-4)
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Damage Resistances: Acid, Fire; Slashing, Piercing and Bludgeoning from non magical weapons
Damage Immunities: Poison; Energy Absorption
Condition Immunities: Charmed, Disease, Frightened, Illusions, Poisoned, Exhaustion, Unconscious
Senses: Darkvision 60' ; Passive Perception: 14
Language: Understands creators language
Challenge: 10 (5,900 XP)
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Energy Absorption: When the Scaladar would suffer force or lightning damage, it suffers none, and the damage is stored (up to a maximum of 20 points). The next time the sting hits a target, any stored energy is delivered as additional lightning damage.

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ACTIONS
 

Multiattack: The Scaladar makes two Claw attacks and a Charged Stinger attack

Claws: Melee weapon attack, Reach 10', +9 to hit, one target, Hit: 27 (5d8+5) bludgeoning damage, and target must make a contested Strength or Dexterity check against the Scaladar's Strength or be grappled. Whilst grappled, the target suffers automatic claw damage at the start of the Scaladar's turns. They may attempt to break free as an action on their turn, but suffer a -2 penalty due to the monster's barbed claws.

Charged Stinger: Melee weapon attack, Reach 15', +9 to hit, one target, Hit: 10 (1d10+5) piercing damage plus 4 (1d8) lightning damage. This attack is rolled with advantage against an individual grappled by the Scaladar. On a natural 18+ hit, the target must also make a D.C. 17 Constitution save, or be Paralysed until they make the saving throw (at the end of each of their turns).

BONUS

Healing Protocol: The Scaladar spends any stored lightning or force damage, healing 2 hit points for every point they have. It will always spend all stored energy when using this ability, even though excess energy is wasted (this power cannot take it over its total hit points). 

Answer to my earlier question - 
there is nothing not to love about it!