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Death Knight

Death Knight

Medium undead
Challenge
17

STR
5
DEX
0
CON
5
INT
1
WIS
3
CHA
4

180
19d8+95
23
Soak
3
Fort
+8
Ref
+8
Will
+9
Defense note plate, shield
Damage immunities necrotic, poison
Condition immunities diseased, exhausted, frightened, poisoned

Speed 5 m.
Skills Divinity +9 (20), Insight +6 (17), Perception +3 (14), Persuasion +10 (21)
Senses darkvision 20 m.
Languages Abyssal, Common

Magic Resistance. The death knight has advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical effects.

Maneuvers. The death knight uses maneuvers (maneuver save DC 19). It has 24 stamina dice which are d8s, a dice limit of 6, regains all expended stamina dice when it finishes a long rest, and regains half its total stamina dice when it finishes a short rest. It knows the following maneuvers:

1 stamina die: block blow, charge, cripple, disorient, goading strike, grievous wound, hamstring, parry, shield bash, slice through, spring attack, trip, unwavering mark, whirling blade

2 stamina dice: disarm, slice tendon, vengeance

Marshal Undead. Unless the death knight is incapacitated, it and undead creatures of its choice within 10 meters of it have advantage on saving throws against features that turn undead.

Spellcasting. The death knight uses Divinity (Cha) to cast spells (spell save DC 18, +10 to hit with spell attacks). It has 8 mana, a mana limit of 3, 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, 21st-level spellcaster): death blade, grave rot, life siphon, reanimating word, thaumaturgy, toll the dead

1 mana: absorb spirit, bane, bone armor, command, compelled duel, consumptive field, detect evil and good, find steed, inflict wounds, life drain, path to the grave, protection from evil and good, ray of enfeeblement

2 mana: animate dead, bestow curse, circle of death, control undead, death ward, dispel magic, finger of death, hurl through hell, molten upheaval, power word pain, share pain, speak with dead, stasis, wall of bones

3 mana: death clutch, symbol of death/pain

Actions (3)

Longsword. Melee Weapon Attack: +11 to hit, reach 1 m. Hit: 9 (1d8 + 5) slashing damage, or 10 (1d10 + 5) slashing damage if used with two hands, plus 18 (4d8) necrotic damage.

Shortsword. Melee Weapon Attack: +11 to hit, reach 1 m. Hit: 8 (1d6 + 5) piercing damage plus 18 (4d8) necrotic damage.

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Maneuvers

As a reaction, which you use when you or a creature that you can see within 1 meter of you is hit by an attack that you can see, you can block the blow with your shield or weapon. Roll a d3 and add the result to your Defense or an adjacent ally’s Defense against the triggering attack. You can do so after the roll but before any effects of the roll occur.

Enhance
You can augment this maneuver with the following options, expending stamina dice for each option.
  • You can expend 2 additional stamina dice to roll 2d3.

  • You can expend 4 additional stamina dice to roll 3d3.

As an action, you can make a melee weapon attack against a creature after you move at least 4 meters straight toward it. Add the stamina die to the attack’s damage (add half if you miss by 4 or less). On a hit, if the creature is your size or smaller, the creature must succeed on a Reflex saving throw or you can push it up to 2 meters away from you and knock it prone.

Enhance

You can increase the damage, target a creature of a larger size, and push the creature an additional 1 meter for each additional stamina die expended.

1 minute/stamina die

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 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 increase the damage for each additional stamina die expended and the slowed level by 1 for every two additional stamina die expended.

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.

  • Incapacitate. You can expend 2 additional stamina die so the creature is incapacitated instead of not being able to take reactions.

  • Stun. You can expend 4 additional stamina die so the creature is stunned instead of not being able to take reactions.

1 minute/stamina die

As an action, you can make a melee weapon attack in an attempt to goad the creature into attacking you. 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 Will saving throw or it has disadvantage on any attack roll that doesn’t target you for the duration.

At the end of each of its turns, a goaded creature can repeat the saving throw, ending the effect on itself on a success

Enhance

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

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.

1 minute/stamina die

As an action, you can make a melee weapon attack that deals slashing damage in an attempt to cripple 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 is slowed 1 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 increase the damage for each additional stamina die expended and the slowed level by 1 for every two additional stamina die expended.

As a reaction, which you use when you are hit by a weapon attack that you can see, you can block the blow with a melee weapon you wield. Roll a d3 and add the result to your Defense against the triggering attack. You can do so after the roll but before any effects of the roll occur.

Enhance
You can augment this maneuver with the following options, expending stamina dice for each option.
  • You can expend 2 additional stamina dice to roll 2d3.

  • You can expend 4 additional stamina dice to roll 3d3.

As an action, you can make a weapon attack and simultaneously bash a creature within 1 meter with your shield. The creature must make a Reflex saving throw.

On a failed save, it takes bludgeoning damage equal to the stamina die and it can’t take reactions until the start of its next turn. If the creature is your size or smaller, you can push the target up to 1 meter away from you or push it to the side.

On a successful save, it takes half as much damage.

Enhance
You can augment this maneuver with the following options, expending stamina dice for each option.
  • You can increase the damage, target a creature of a larger size, and push the creature an additional 1 meter 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.

  • Stun. You can expend 4 additional stamina die so the creature is stunned instead of not being able to take reactions.

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 and a Brawn check to Trip.

Enhance

You can add the stamina die to the attack’s damage (add half if you miss by 4 or less) for each additional stamina die expended.

1 minute/stamina die

As an action, you can make a weapon attack in an attempt to menace the creature, foiling its attacks and punishing them for harming others. On a hit, the creature must succeed on a Will saving throw or it is marked by you for the duration or until you willingly move away from the creature, you are incapacitated, someone else marks the creature, or any of your companions do anything harmful to it. While marked, you have advantage on opportunity attacks against the target and the target has disadvantage on any attack roll that doesn’t target you.

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 an action, you can make a melee weapon attack with a weapon in an attempt to disarm the creature. Add one 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 Reflex saving throw or it drops one item of your choice that it’s holding.

If the creature is holding the item with two or more hands it makes the saving throw with advantage.

If the saving throw fails by 5 or more, the object lands in a space within 1 meter of the creature, otherwise the object lands at its feet.

When a creature tries to interact with an object in a space occupied by a hostile creature it must use an action to make an Acrobatics or Brawn (its choice) check contested by the hostile creature’s Acrobatics or Brawn check (its choice). If the creature attempting to interact with the object wins the contest, it can interact with the object.

Enhance

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

1 minute/stamina die

As an action, you can make a melee weapon attack with a light or finesse weapon in an attempt to slice the creature’s tendon. Add one 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 for the duration and while affected it loses health equal to one of the stamina dice for every meter it travels.

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

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

Enhance

You can increase the damage for each additional stamina die expended and the slowed level by 1 for every two additional stamina die expended.

As a reaction, which you use when a creature hits a creature other than you with an attack, you can visit vengeance on the creature. You can make a melee weapon attack against the creature.

Enhance

You can add the stamina die to the attack’s damage (add half if you miss by 4 or less) for each additional stamina die expended.