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Elder Tempest

Elder Tempest

Gargantuan elemental
Challenge
23

STR
6
DEX
9
CON
6
INT
0
WIS
4
CHA
5

264
16d20+96
23
Soak
2
Fort
+12
Ref
+13
Will
+10
Damage resistances bludgeoning, piercing, slashing from nonmagical attacks
Damage immunities concussion, lightning, poison

Speed 0 m., fly 20 m. (hover)
Skills Insight +4 (15), Perception +4 (15), Primal (Cha) +11 (22)
Senses darkvision 10 m.
Languages Auran

Air Form. The elder tempest can enter a hostile creature’s space and stop there. It can move through a space as narrow as 2 centimeters wide without squeezing.

Legendary Resistance (3/day). If the elder tempest fails a saving throw, it can choose to succeed instead.

Living Storm. The elder tempest is always at the center of a storm 2d6 + 5 kilometers in diameter. Heavy precipitation in the form of either rain or snow falls there, causing the area to be lightly obscured. Heavy rain also extinguishes open flames and imposes disadvantage on Perception checks that rely on hearing.

In addition, strong winds swirl in the area covered by the storm. The winds impose disadvantage on ranged attack rolls. The winds extinguish open flames and disperse fog.

Maneuvers. The elder tempest uses maneuvers (maneuver save Difficulty 24). It has 22 stamina dice which are d8s, a dice limit of 8, 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: dive attack, spring attack, step of the wind

Siege Monster. The elder tempest deals double damage to objects and structures.

Spellcasting. The elder tempest uses Primal (Cha) to cast spells (spell save Difficulty 20, +11 to hit with spell attacks). It has 11 mana, a mana limit of 4, 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, 29th-level spellcaster): lightning lure, shock, thunderclap

1 mana: arc lightning, booming weapon, galvanize, levitate, lightning bolt, protection from the storm, shocking weapon, storm burst, thunder step, thunderwave, wrath of the storm

2 mana: animate storm, call lightning, chain lightning, lightning strike, rolling thunder, shatter, storm bane, storm sphere

3 mana: symbol of stunning

Actions (2)

Thunderous Slam. Melee Weapon Attack: +15 to hit, reach 4 m. Hit: 23 (4d6 + 9) concussion damage.

Legendary Actions (3)

Only one legendary option can be used at a time and only at the end of another creature’s turn. The elder tempest regains spent legendary actions at the start of its turn.

Lightning Strike. The tempest can cause a bolt of lightning to strike a point on the ground anywhere under its storm. Each creature within 1 meter of that point must make a Difficulty 20 Reflex saving throw. On a failure, a creature takes 16 (3d10) lightning damage, and it can’t take reactions until the start of its next turn. On a success, a creature takes half as much damage.

Move. The tempest moves up to its speed.

Screaming Gale. The tempest releases a blast of thunder and wind in a line that is 2 kilometers long and 5 meters wide. Objects in that area take 22 (4d10) concussion damage. Each creature there must succeed on a Difficulty 21 Reflex saving throw or take 22 (4d10) concussion damage and be flung up to 10 meters in a direction away from the line. If a thrown target collides with an immovable object, such as a wall or floor, the target takes 3 (1d6) bludgeoning damage for every 2 meters it was thrown before impact. If the target would collide with another creature instead, that other creature must succeed on a Difficulty 21 Reflex saving throw or take the same damage and be knocked prone.

Arctic, Coastal, Elemental planes, Grassland, Hill, Mountainmtof

Maneuvers

As an action while flying, you can use the Dash action. If you move at least 3 meters in a straight line angled downwards toward a creature, you can make an Attack action with a melee weapon attack against it.

On a hit, add the stamina die to the attack’s damage and you don’t provoke opportunity attacks when you fly out of the creature’s reach.

On a critical hit, add twice as much damage.

On a miss by 4 or less, add half as much damage.

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 3 meters straight toward a creature, you can make a melee weapon attack against it.

On a hit, add the stamina die to the attack’s damage.

On a critical hit, add twice as much damage.

On a miss by 4 or less, add half as much damage.

Enhance

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

As an action, you can use the Dash action twice or use the Disengage action and the Dash action. You also have advantage on Athletics checks to jump for the turn.

Spells

As an action, your arm whips forward, creating a lash of lightning energy that strikes at a creature that you can touch or see within 10 meters. The creature must make a Reflex saving throw.

On a failure, it takes 1d6 lightning damage and is pulled 2 meters toward you if it is Medium or smaller.

On a critical failure, it takes twice as much damage and is pulled 4 meters toward you if it is Medium or smaller.

On a success, it takes half as much damage.

On a critical success, it takes no damage.

At higher levels

This spell’s damage increases by 1d6 and it can affect a creature of a larger size when you reach 9th level (2d6; Large) and 17th level (3d6; Huge).

As an action, lightning coalesces in your palm, shooting out at a creature that you can touch or see within 5 meters. The creature must make a Reflex saving throw.

On a failure, it takes 1d6 lightning damage and can’t take reactions until the end of its next turn.

On a critical failure, it takes twice as much damage.

On a success, it takes half as much damage.

On a critical success, it takes no damage.

At higher levels

This spell’s damage increases by 1d6 when you reach 9th level (2d6) and 17th level (3d6).

As an action, you clap your hands together to create a burst of thunderous sound that can be heard up to 20 meters away. Each creature within 1 meter of you must make a Fortitude saving throw.

On a failure, it takes 1d6 concussion damage.

On a critical failure, it takes twice as much damage.

On a success, it takes half as much damage.

On a critical success, it takes no damage.

At higher levels

This spell’s damage increases by 1d6 when you reach 9th level (2d6) and 17th level (3d6).

As an action, four tendrils of lightning arc out from you. Each tendril can target a creature that you can touch or see within 10 meters which must make a Reflex saving throw If multiple tendrils target the same creature, it makes one saving throw..

On a failure, it takes 1d8 lightning damage for each tendril targeted at it and can’t take reactions until the end of its next turn.

On a critical failure, it takes twice as much damage.

On a success, it takes half as much damage.

On a critical success, it takes no damage.

Augment

You can increase the damage by 1d8 for each additional mana expended.

concentration, 5 minutes/mana

As an action, a weapon you touch vibrates with anticipation. For the duration, the weapon deals an extra 1d4 concussion damage when it hits.

If the attack misses by 4 or less, the weapon deals half as much damage.

Alternatively, you can touch a quiver containing arrows or bolts, granting the ammunition pulled from it the same effect. The spell’s magic ends on a piece of ammunition when it hits or misses.

Augment
You can augment this spell with the following options, expending mana for each option.
  • You can increase the damage by 1d4 for each additional mana expended.

  • You can expend 1 additional mana to cause an additional weapon you touch to vibrate with anticipation.

concentration, 1 minute/mana

As an action, with fingertips outstretched, you shock a creature that you can touch or see within 10 meters, causing its adrenaline to spike. The creature is hasted 1 for the duration.

Augment
You can augment this spell with the following options, expending mana for each option.
  • You can target one additional creature for each additional mana expended. The creatures must be within 5 meters of each other when you target them.

  • You can increase the hasted level by 1 for each additional mana expended.

concentration, 5 minutes/mana

As an action, you raise your hands to the sky as you rise vertically, up to 5 meters, and remain suspended there for the duration.

You can move only by pushing or pulling against a fixed object or surface within reach (such as a wall or a ceiling), which allows you to move as if you were climbing. Once on your turn, you can change your altitude by up to 5 meters in either direction.

If you are still aloft when the effect ends, you descend 10 meters per round for 1 minute until you lands, which you do safely. If you can’t land after 1 minute, you fall the remaining distance.

Augment
You can augment this spell with the following options, expending mana for each option.
  • You can target one additional willing creature or object within 10 meters for each additional mana expended. The creatures and objects must be within 5 meters of each other when you target them. The spell can levitate a Medium or smaller creature or objects that weighs up to 150 kilos. Once on your turn, you can change the altitude of a target within 10 meters by up to 5 meters in either direction. You can affect a creature of a larger size and an object that weighs 150 kilos more for each additional mana expended.

  • You can expend 1 additional mana to target a creature that you can touch or see within 10 meters. The creature must succeed on a Fortitude save or it is levitated, up to 5 meters, and remains suspended there for the duration. The spell can levitate a Medium or smaller creature. Once on your turn, you can change the altitude of a target within 10 meters by up to 5 meters in either direction. A creature can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on itself on a success. You can affect a creature of a larger size for each additional mana expended.

  • Fly. You can expend 1 additional mana and touch a willing creature so the creature gains a flying speed of 10 meters for the duration.

As an action, a stroke of lightning blasts out from you in a direction you choose. The lightning ignites flammable objects in the area that aren’t being worn or carried. Each creature in a cone or line must make a Reflex saving throw.

On a failure, it takes 3d8 lightning damage and can’t take reactions until the end of its next turn.

On a critical failure, it takes twice as much damage.

On a success, it takes half as much damage.

On a critical success, it takes no damage.

Augment
You can augment this spell with the following options, expending mana for each option.
  • You can increase the damage by 1d8 for each additional mana expended.

  • Staggering Bolt. You can expend 1 additional mana so the damage is reduced to 2d8 and each creature who fails the saving throw is staggered until the end of its next turn.

1 hour/mana

As an action, you have resistance to concussion and lightning damage for the duration.

Augment
You can augment this spell with the following options, expending mana for each option.
  • You can target one additional willing creature that you can touch or see within 10 meters for each additional mana expended. The creatures must be within 5 meters of each other when you target them.

  • Immunity. You can expend 2 additional mana so the creature is immune to concussion and lightning damage.


Dampen the Storm

1

As a reaction, which you use when you take concussion and lightning damage, you gain resistance to concussion and lightning damage until the start of your next turn.

Augment

You can expend 1 additional mana to trigger the spell when a creature that you can touch or see within 10 meters takes concussion and lightning damage. The creature gains the resistance instead.

concentration, 5 minutes/mana

As an action, a weapon you touch becomes electrified. For the duration, the weapon deals an extra 1d4 lightning damage when it hits.

If the attack misses by 4 or less, the weapon deals half as much damage.

Alternatively, you can touch a quiver containing arrows or bolts, granting the ammunition pulled from it the same effect. The spell’s magic ends on a piece of ammunition when it hits or misses.

Augment
You can augment this spell with the following options, expending mana for each option.
  • You can increase the damage by 1d4 for each additional mana expended.

  • You can expend 1 additional mana to cause an additional weapon you touch to become electrified.

As an action, lightning expands from you, zapping all nearby creatures. Each creature other than you in a sphere centered on you must make a Reflex saving throw.

On a failure, it takes 2d12 lightning damage and can’t take reactions until the end of its next turn.

On a critical failure, it takes twice as much damage.

On a success, it takes half as much damage.

On a critical success, it takes no damage.

Augment
You can augment this spell with the following options, expending mana for each option.
  • You can increase the damage by 1d12 for each additional mana expended.

  • Storm Pulse. You can expend 1 additional mana so the lightning around you is continuous. The duration changes to 1 minute/mana, concentration and the lightning erupts around you in an aura shaped as a sphere. Until the spell ends, the aura moves with you, centered on you.

    Whenever a creature enters the area for the first time on a turn or starts its turn there, it must make the Reflex saving throw. The damage is reduced to 1d12 and additional augments to the damage increase the damage by 1d12 for every two additional mana expended, instead of the normal increase.

As an action, you teleport yourself to an unoccupied space you can see within 20 meters. A thunderous boom sounds, and each creature other than you in a sphere centered on the space you teleported from or the space you teleport to must make a Fortitude saving throw.

On a failure, it takes 1d10 concussion damage.

On a critical failure, it takes twice as much damage.

On a success, it takes half as much damage.

On a critical success, it takes no damage.

The thunder can be heard from up to 100 meters away.

You can bring along objects as long as their weight doesn’t exceed what you can carry.

Augment

You can increase the damage by 1d10 for each additional mana expended.

As an action, a wave of thunderous force sweeps out from you in a thunderous boom audible out to 100 meters. Unsecured objects that weigh up to 100 kilos and are completely within the area of effect are automatically pushed 2 meters away from you. Each creature other than you in a sphere centered on you must make a Fortitude saving throw.

On a failure, it takes 5d4 concussion damage, is deafened for 1 minute, and is pushed 2 meters away from you if it is Medium or smaller.

On a critical failure, it takes twice as much damage and is pushed 4 meters away from you if it is Medium or smaller.

On a success, it takes half as much damage.

On a critical success, it takes no damage.

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

Augment
You can augment this spell with the following options, expending mana for each option.
  • You can increase the damage by 3d4, push each creature an additional meter, affect a creature of a larger size, and the maximum weight of objects that you can affect with this spell increases by 150 kilos for each additional mana expended.

  • Thunderwaves. You can expend 1 additional mana so the thunderous force continuously sweeps out from you. The duration changes to 1 minute/mana, concentration and the thunderous force sweeps out from you in an aura shaped as a sphere. Until the spell ends, the aura moves with you, centered on you.

    Whenever a creature enters the area for the first time on a turn or starts its turn there, it must make the Fortitude saving throw. The damage is reduced to 3d4 and additional augments to the damage increase the damage by 1d4 for each additional mana expended, instead of the normal increase.

As a reaction, which you use when you are hit by an attack, lightning lashes out from your body. If the creature who damaged you is within 10 meters, it must make a Reflex saving throw.

On a failure, it takes 2d10 lightning damage and can’t take reactions until the end of its next turn.

On a critical failure, it takes twice as much damage.

On a success, it takes half as much damage.

On a critical success, it takes no damage.

Augment

You can increase the damage by 2d10 for each additional mana expended.

concentration, 1 hour/mana

As two actions, you call forth a lightning elemental which appears in an unoccupied space that you can see within 10 meters. The elemental is a lightning elemental companion, using 2 resources. The creature has no mana or stamina dice, but you can infuse it with mana, psi, or stamina dice by expending mana up to your mana limit or psi up to double your mana limit. For each mana or 2psi you expend, the elemental gains 1 mana or 2 stamina dice. The elemental is friendly to you and your companions, and it disappears when it drops to 0 health or when the spell ends.

When you cast the spell—and once on on each of your turns thereafter as an action—you can mentally command any creature you animated with this spell if the creature is within 50 meters of you (if you control multiple creatures, you can command any or all of them at the same time, issuing the same command to each one). You decide what actions the creature will take and where it will move during its next turn, or you can issue a general command, such as to guard a particular chamber or corridor. If you issue no commands, the creature only defends itself against hostile creatures. Once given an order, the creature continues to follow it until its task is complete.

Augment
You can augment this spell with the following options, expending mana for each option.
  • You can use an additional resource for each additional mana expended.

  • You can expend 2 additional mana to call forth another elemental.

concentration, 5 minutes/mana

As two actions, a 10-meter radius storm cloud appears centered on a point you can see within 20 meters directly above you. The spell fails if you can’t see a point in the air where the storm cloud could appear (for example, if you are in a room that can’t accommodate the cloud). The cloud moves to always stay directly above you.

When you cast the spell—and once on on each of your turns thereafter as an action—you can choose a point you can see within 10 meters. A bolt of lightning flashes down from the cloud to that point. Each creature within 1 meter of that point must make a Reflex saving throw.

On a failure, it takes 2d12 lightning damage and is deafened and can’t take reactions until the end of its next turn.

On a critical failure, it takes twice as much damage.

On a success, it takes half as much damage.

On a critical success, it takes no damage.

If you are outdoors in stormy conditions when you cast this spell, the spell gives you control over the existing storm instead of creating a new one. Under such conditions, each creature within 2 meters of the point must make the saving throw.

Augment

You can increase the damage by 1d12 for each additional mana expended.

As two actions, a bolt of lightning arcs toward a target that you can touch or see within 10 meters. The lightning can then arc to another target within 5 meters of the first target and a third target within 5 meters of the second target. A target can be a creature or an object and can be targeted only once. A target must make a Reflex saving throw.

On a failure, it takes 5d8 lightning damage and can’t take reactions until the end of its next turn.

On a critical failure, it takes twice as much damage.

On a success, it takes half as much damage.

On a critical success, it takes no damage.

Augment

The lightning can arc to an additional target within 5 meters of the previous target for each additional mana expended and the damage increases by 1d8 for each additional mana expended and by an additional 1d8 for every two additional mana expended. You can end the chain at any point.

As two actions, a bolt of lightning flashes down at a point within 20 meters. Each creature in a cylinder centered on that point must make a Reflex saving throw.

On a failure, it takes 2d8 damage and is blinded and deafened until the end of its next turn.

On a critical failure, it takes twice as much damage.

On a success, it takes half as much damage.

On a critical success, it takes no damage.

Augment

You can increase the damage by 1d8 for each additional mana expended.

concentration, 5 minutes/mana

As two actions, a rolling clap of thunder appears in a sphere centered on a point within 20 meters. The sphere spreads around corners. It lasts for the duration.

A creature that enters the spell’s area for the first time on a turn or starts its turn there must make a Fortitude saving throw.

On a failure, it takes 2d8 concussion damage and is deafened until the end of its next turn.

On a critical failure, it takes twice as much damage.

On a success, it takes half as much damage.

On a critical success, it takes no damage.

As an action, you can cause the cloud to move 2 meters in a direction that you choose at the start of each of your turns. As an action, you can stop the cloud from moving if it is within 20 meters of you.

Augment
You can augment this spell with the following options, expending mana for each option.
  • You can increase the damage by 1d8 for every two additional mana expended.

  • You can expend 1 additional mana so duration changes to 1 hour/mana.

As two actions, a sudden loud ringing noise, painfully intense, erupts from a point of your choice within 10 meters. Each creature in a sphere centered on that point must make a Fortitude saving throw, which it does with disadvantage if it is made of inorganic material such as stone, crystal, or metal.

On a failure, it takes 8d6 concussion damage and is deafened for 1 minute.

On a critical failure, it takes twice as much damage.

On a success, it takes half as much damage.

On a critical success, it takes no damage.

A nonmagical object that isn’t being worn or carried also takes the damage if it’s in the spell’s area.

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

Augment

You can increase the damage by 2d6 for each additional mana expended.

concentration, 1 minute/mana

As two actions, you expose a creature that you can touch or see within 10 meters to concussion or lightning. The creature must make a Fortitude saving throw.

On a failure, it loses any resistance to concussion and lightning damage for the duration and the first time on each turn the creature takes concussion or lightning damage, it takes an extra 2d6 damage of that type.

Augment

You can target two additional creatures for each additional mana expended. The creatures must be within 5 meters of each other when you target them.

concentration, 5 minutes/mana

As two actions, a sphere of thunderous clouds springs into existence centered on a point within 20 meters. The sphere remains for the duration. A creature that enters the spell’s area for the first time on a turn or starts its turn there must make a Fortitude saving throw.

On a failure, it takes 1d8 concussion damage and is deafened until the end of its next turn.

On a critical failure, it takes twice as much damage.

On a success, it takes half as much damage.

On a critical success, it takes no damage.

Until the spell ends, you can use an action on each of your turns to cause a bolt of lightning to leap from the center of the sphere toward a creature you choose within 10 meters of the center. Make a ranged spell attack against the target, which you have advantage on if the creature is in the sphere.

On a hit, it takes 2d8 lightning damage and can’t take reactions until the end of its next turn.

On a critical hit, it takes twice as much damage.

On a miss by 4 or less, it takes half as much damage.

Creatures within 5 meters of the sphere have disadvantage on Perception checks made to listen.

Augment

You can increase the concussion damage by 1d8 and the lightning damage by 1d8 for every two additional mana expended.

M (mercury, phosphorus, and powdered diamond and opal worth 1,000 sp, consumed)

As you spend 1 minute to cast this spell, you inscribe a harmful glyph either on a surface (such as a section of floor, a wall, or a table) or within an object that can be closed to conceal the glyph (such as a book, a scroll, or a treasure chest). If you choose a surface, the glyph can cover an area of the surface no larger than 2 meters in diameter. If you choose an object, that object must remain in its place; if the object is moved more than 2 meters from where you cast this spell, the glyph is broken, and the spell ends without being triggered.

The glyph is nearly invisible, requiring a Perception check against your spell save Difficulty to find it.

You decide what triggers the glyph when you cast the spell. For glyphs inscribed on a surface, the most typical triggers include touching or stepping on the glyph, removing another object covering it, approaching within a certain distance of it, or manipulating the object that holds it. For glyphs inscribed within an object, the most common triggers are opening the object, approaching within a certain distance of it, or seeing or reading the glyph.

You can further refine the trigger so the spell is activated only under certain circumstances or according to a creature’s physical characteristics (such as height or weight), or physical kind (for example, the ward could be set to affect hags or shapechangers). You can also specify creatures that don’t trigger the glyph, such as those who say a certain password.

Once triggered, the glyph glows, filling a sphere twice as big as normal with dim light for 10 minutes, after which time the spell ends. Each creature in the area when the glyph activates must succeed on a Fortitude saving throw or be stunned for 1 minute.

A creature must also make this saving throw when it enters the spell’s area for the first time on a turn or starts its turn there.