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Blackguard

Medium humanoid (any species)
Challenge
8

STR
4
DEX
0
CON
4
INT
0
WIS
2
CHA
2

153
18d8+72
19
Soak
2
Fort
+4
Ref
+3
Will
+5
Defense note plate

Speed 5 m.
Skills Athletics +7 (18), Brawn +7 (18), Coercion +5 (16), Deception +5 (16), Divinity (Cha) +5 (16), Insight +2 (13), Perception +2 (13)
Languages any one language (usually Common)

Divine Smite. When the blackguard hits with a weapon, it deals an extra 5 (1d8) necrotic damage (included in the attack).

Maneuvers. The blackguard uses maneuvers (maneuver save Difficulty 15). It has 11 stamina dice which are d8s, a dice limit of 3, regains all expended stamina dice when it finishes a long rest, and regains half its total stamina dice (rounded up) when it finishes a short rest. It knows the following maneuvers:

1 stamina die: blind, bloodletting blade (Scimitar only), cripple, disorient, distract, feint, grievous wound, sand in the eyes, slice through, spring attack, whirling blade

2 stamina dice: feigned opening, misdirection

Spellcasting. The blackguard uses Divinity (Cha) to cast spells (spell save Difficulty 13, +5 to hit with spell attacks). It has 4 mana, a mana limit of 2, regains all expended mana when it finishes a long rest and regains half its total mana when it finishes a short rest. It knows the following spells:

Cantrips (at will, 10th-level spellcaster): death blade, frighten, life siphon, thaumaturgy

1 mana: absorb spirit, agonizing bargain, bane, command, consumptive field, detect evil and good, divine emissary, divine word, false life, fear, find steed, hinder, inflict wounds, life drain, path to the grave, protection from evil and good, sanctuary, shield of faith

2 mana: antilife shell, bestow curse, circle of death, commune, control undead, death ward, death ward, fiendish calling, finger of death, guardian of faith, hallow, hurl through hell, leathery wings, share pain, speak with dead, spirit guardians, spiritual weapon, terrifying visage, wall of terror

Actions (2)

Glaive. Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, reach 2 m. Hit: 9 (1d10 + 4) slashing damage plus 4 (1d8) necrotic damage.

Scimitar. Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, reach 1 m. Hit: 7 (1d6 + 4) slashing damage plus 4 (1d8) necrotic damage.

Shortbow. Ranged Weapon Attack: +3 to hit, range 10/100 m. Hit: 3 (1d6) piercing damage plus 4 (1d8) necrotic damage.

Dreadful Aspect (Recharges after a Short or Long Rest). The blackguard exudes magical menace. Each enemy within 5 meters of the blackguard must succeed on a Difficulty 13 Will saving throw or be frightened for 1 minute. If a frightened target ends its turn more than 5 meters away from the blackguard, the tar get can repeat the saving throw, ending the effect on itself on a success.

Underdark, Urbanvgtm

Maneuvers

As an action, you can make a weapon attack in an attempt to blind a creature by striking a sensitive area. Add the stamina die to the attack’s damage (add half if you miss by 4 or less). On a hit, the creature must succeed on a Fortitude saving throw or it is blinded until the end of its next turn.

Enhance
You can augment this maneuver with the following options, expending stamina dice for each option.
  • You can increase the damage for each additional stamina die expended.

  • You can expend 2 additional stamina die so the creature is blinded for 1 minute/stamina die. A creature can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on itself on a success.

1 minute/stamina die

As an action, you can make a melee weapon attack with a light or finesse weapon that deals piercing or slashing damage in an attempt to administer a dozen precise cuts, causing the creature to bleed. Add the stamina die to the attack’s damage (add half if you miss by 4 or less). On a hit, the creature is bleeding for the duration.

At the start of each of its turns while bleeding, the creature must succeed on a Fortitude saving throw or it loses health equal to the stamina die. On a success, the effect end.

If the creature regains health while bleeding, the bleeding ends.

This has no effect on any creature that cannot bleed or lose a vital liquid substance.

Enhance

You can increase both damages for each additional stamina die expended.

As an action, you can make a melee weapon attack in an attempt to cripple it. Add the stamina die to the attack’s damage (add half if you miss by 4 or less). On a hit, the creature must succeed on a Fortitude saving throw or it is slowed 1 until the end of its next turn.

Enhance
You can augment this maneuver with the following options, expending stamina dice for each option.
  • You can increase the damage for each additional stamina die expended and the slowed level by 1 for every two additional stamina die expended.

  • You can expend 1 additional stamina die so the creature is slowed for 1 minute/stamina die. A creature can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on itself on a success.

1 minute/stamina die

As an action, you can make a weapon attack in an attempt to disorient the creature. Add the stamina die to the attack’s damage (add half if you miss by 4 or less). On a hit, the creature must succeed on a Fortitude saving throw or it can’t take reactions for the duration.

A creature can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on itself on a success.

Enhance
You can augment this maneuver with the following options, expending stamina dice for each option.
  • You can increase the damage for each additional stamina die expended.

  • Stagger. You can expend 1 additional stamina die so the creature is staggered instead of not being able to take reactions, but only until the end of its next turn. You can expend 1 additional stamina die so the creature is staggered for the duration.

  • Incapacitate. You can expend 2 additional stamina die so the creature is incapacitated instead of not being able to take reactions, but only until the end of its next turn.

  • Stun. You can expend 4 additional stamina die so the creature is stunned instead of not being able to take reactions, but only until the end of its next turn.

As an action, you can make a weapon attack in an attempt to distract the creature, giving your allies an opening. Add the stamina die to the attack’s damage (add half if you miss by 4 or less). On a hit, make a Deception check opposed by the creature’s passive Insight or the next attack roll against it by an attacker other than you has advantage if the attack is made before the start of your next turn.

Enhance
You can augment this maneuver with the following options, expending stamina dice for each option.
  • You can increase the damage for each additional stamina die expended.

  • You can expend 3 additional stamina dice to cause all attack rolls against the creature by an attacker other than you to have advantage.

As an action, you can make a melee weapon attack along with a deceptive or pretended blow, thrust, or other movement. Add the stamina die to the attack’s damage (add half if you miss by 4 or less). On a hit, make a Deception check opposed by the creature’s passive Insight or you have advantage on your next melee weapon attack roll against that creature before the end of your next turn.

Enhance
You can augment this maneuver with the following options, expending stamina dice for each option.
  • You can increase the damage for each additional stamina die expended.

  • You can expend 3 additional stamina dice to have advantage on all attack rolls against the creature if the attack is made before the start of your next turn.

As an action, you can make a weapon attack in an attempt to leave a twisted wound that can’t be healed so easily. Add the stamina die to the attack’s damage (add half if you miss by 4 or less). On a hit, the creature must succeed on a Fortitude saving throw or its maximum health is reduced by the stamina die result for 1 hour. Any effect that removes a condition allows a creature’s maximum health to return to normal before that time passes.

Enhance

You can increase the damage for each additional stamina die expended.

As an action, you can make a weapon attack and throw sand into the eyes of a creature that you can touch or see within 2 meters. You must have sand in your hand to throw. Add the stamina die to the attack’s damage (add half if you miss by 4 or less). On a hit, the creature must succeed on a Fortitude saving throw or it is blinded until the end of its next turn.

Enhance
You can augment this maneuver with the following options, expending stamina dice for each option.
  • You can increase the damage for each additional stamina die expended.

  • You can expend 2 additional stamina die so the creature is blinded for 1 minute/stamina die. At the end of each of its turns, a blinded creature can repeat the saving throw, ending the effect on itself on a success.

As an action, you can make a weapon attack with a melee weapon that deals slashing damage and then slice through the target. Each creature within 1 meter of the target and within your weapon’s reach must succeed on a Reflex saving throw, taking slashing damage equal to the stamina die on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one.

Enhance

You can increase the damage for each additional stamina die expended.

As an action, you can use the Dash action. If you move at least 4 meters straight toward a creature, you can make a melee weapon attack against it. Add the stamina die to the attack’s damage (add half if you miss by 4 or less).

Enhance

You can increase the damage for each additional stamina die expended.

As an action, you can make a melee weapon attack with a weapon that you wield in two hands that deals slashing damage and then whirl your weapon around. Each creature within your weapon’s reach must succeed on a Reflex saving throw or take slashing damage equal to the stamina die.

Enhance

You can increase the damage for each additional stamina die expended.

As a reaction, which you use when a creature makes an opportunity attack against you, you position yourself to force your opponent off balance.

If the enemy’s attack misses, you can make one melee weapon attack against the creature.

If the enemy’s attack hits, one ally within 1 meter of the enemy can make one melee weapon attack against the creature.

You must use this maneuver before the enemy’s roll is revealed.

Enhance

If you or your ally hit, you add the stamina die to the attack’s damage roll for each additional stamina die expended.

As a reaction, which you use when a creature that you can see within 2 meters of you makes an attack roll against you, you can try to redirect the attack, provided that another creature is within 1 meter of you and within the attack’s range. The attacker must succeed on a Reflex saving throw or it must target that creature. If multiple creatures are within 1 meter of you and within the attack’s range, the attacker chooses which one to target.

You must choose to use this feature before knowing whether the attack hits or misses.