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Yuan-ti Nightmare Speaker

Yuan-ti Nightmare Speaker

Medium humanoid (shapechanger yuan ti)
Challenge
4

STR
3
DEX
2
CON
1
INT
2
WIS
1
CHA
3

71
13d8+13
16
Soak
1
Fort
+1
Ref
+3
Will
+3
Defense note natural armor
Damage immunities poison
Condition immunities poisoned

Speed 5 m.
Skills Brawn +4 (15), Deception +4 (15), Insight +1 (12), Occult (Cha) +4 (15), Perception +1 (12), Stealth +3 (14)
Senses darkvision 20 m. (penetrates magical darkness)
Languages Abyssal, Common, Draconic

Chameleon Skin. The yuan-ti nightmare speaker has advantage on Stealth checks made to avoid notice.

Death Fangs (2/day). The first time the yuan-ti nightmare speaker hits with a melee attack on its turn, it can deal an extra 16 (3d10) necrotic damage to the target.

Magic Resistance. The yuan-ti nightmare speaker has advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical effects.

Maneuvers. The yuan-ti nightmare speaker uses maneuvers (maneuver save Difficulty 13). It has 4 stamina dice which are d8s, a dice limit of 2, 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:

At will: grapple (Constrict only)

1 stamina die: spring attack

Shed Skin (1/long rest). Once on its turn, the yuan-ti nightmare speaker can shed its skin to free itself from a grapple, shackles, or other restraints. If the yuan-ti nightmare speaker spends 1 minute eating its shed skin, it regains health equal to half its maximum health.

Spellcasting (Yuan-ti form only). The yuan-ti nightmare speaker uses Occult (Cha) to cast spells (spell save Difficulty 13, +4 to hit with spell attacks). It has 4 mana, a mana limit of 1, 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:

At will: animal friendship (snakes only)

Cantrips (at will, 5th-level spellcaster): frighten, poison spray, thaumaturgy, vicious mockery

1 mana: browbeat, command, confusion poison, cutting words, darkness, detect poison, dreadful strike, envenomed weapon, fear, frightful presence, hypnotize, piercing screech, poison burst, poisoning strike, protection from poison, putrefy food and drink, sicken, slowing poison, toxic fumes

Actions (2)

Constrict (1/turn). Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 2 m. Hit: 10 (2d6 + 3) bludgeoning damage. If the yuan-ti uses the grapple maneuver, the target is restrained until the grapple ends, and the yuan-ti can’t constrict another target.

Scimitar (Yuan-ti form only). Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit. Hit: 6 (1d6 + 3) slashing damage.

Dagger (Yuan-ti form only). Melee or Ranged Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 1 m. or range 3/10 m. Hit: 5 (1d4 + 3) piercing damage.

Change Shape (1/turn). The yuan-ti nightmare speaker can polymorph into a Medium snake, or back into its true form. Its statistics are the same in each form. Any equipment it is wearing or carrying isn’t transformed. It doesn’t change form if it dies.

Desert, Forest, Underdarkvgtm

Maneuvers

As an action, make a melee weapon attack and a Brawn check to grapple the creature.

Enhance

You can add the stamina die to the attack’s damage (add half on a miss by 4 or less) 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.

Spells

1 minute

As an action, you can convince an animal within 5 meters that can see and hear you that you mean it no harm. The creature must make a Will saving throw. If the animal’s Intelligence is −3 or higher, the spell has no effect on it.

On a failure, it is charmed by you for the duration.

The spell ends if you or your allies attack, damage, or attempt to negatively effect the charmed creature in any way.

As an action, you can frighten a creature that you can touch or see within 5 meters. The creature must make a Will saving throw.

On a failure, it takes 1d3 psychic damage and is frightened of you 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 1d3 when you reach 9th level (2d3) and 17th level (3d3).

As an action, you extend your hand toward a creature that you can touch or see within 5 meters and project a puff of noxious gas from your palm. The creature must make a Fortitude saving throw.

On a failure, it takes 1d6 poison damage and has disadvantage on the next attack roll it makes before 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).

1 minute

As an action, you manifest a minor wonder, a sign of supernatural power, within 5 meters. You create one of the following magical effects.

  • Your voice booms up to three times as loud as normal.
  • You cause flames to flicker, brighten, dim, or change color.
  • You cause harmless tremors in the ground.
  • You create an instantaneous sound, such as a rumble of thunder, the cry of a raven, or ominous whispers.
  • You instantly light or snuff out a candle, a torch, or a small campfire.
  • You instantaneously cause an unlocked door or window to fly open or slam shut.
  • You alter the appearance of your eyes.

If you cast this spell multiple times, you can have up to three of its effects active at a time, and you can dismiss such an effect on your turn (no action required).

As an action, you unleash a string of insults laced with subtle enchantments at a creature within 5 meters. The creature must make a Will saving throw. If the creature can’t hear you, the spell has no effect on it.

On a failure, it takes 1d4 psychic damage and has disadvantage on the next attack roll it makes before 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 1d4 when you reach 9th level (2d4) and 17th level (3d4).

As a reaction, which you use when you make an Intimidation check, your words become more commanding. You make the roll with advantage. You can do so after the roll but before any effects of the roll occur.

If the roll already has advantage or disadvantage, you cannot apply another instance of advantage or disadvantage and you must use this before the roll to cancel out any advantage or disadvantage.

As an action, you speak a one-word command to a creature that you can touch or see within 10 meters. The target must succeed on a Will saving throw or follow the command. The spell has no effect if the target is undead, if it doesn’t understand your language, or if your command is directly harmful to it.

Some typical commands and their effects follow. You might issue a command other than one described here. If you do so, the GM determines how the target behaves. If the target can’t follow your command, the spell ends.

Approach. On its turn, the creature must use its speed to move toward you by the shortest and most direct route, and can’t willingly move away from you on during its turn.

Drop. The creature immediately drops whatever it is holding 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 a Brawn or Nimbleness (its choice) check contested by the hostile creature’s Brawn or Nimbleness check (its choice). If the creature attempting to interact with the object wins the contest, it can interact with the object.

Flee. On its turn, the creature must use its speed to move away from you by the shortest and most direct route, and can’t willingly move toward you on during its turn.

Grovel. The creature immediately falls prone.

Halt. On its turn, the creature can’t willingly move. A flying creature stays aloft, provided that it is able to do so. If it must move to stay aloft, it flies the minimum distance needed to remain in the air.

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

  • You can expend 2 additional mana to change the duration to 1 minute/mana, concentration. For the duration, you can make an additional command on each of your turns.

As an action, your poison assaults and twists a creature’s minds, spawning delusions and provoking uncontrolled actions. Choose a creature that you can touch or see within 10 meters. The target must succeed on a Fortitude saving throw or it is confused until the end of its next turn.

Augment
You can augment this spell with the following options, expending mana for each option.
  • You can expend 1 additional mana so the duration changes to 1 minute/mana, concentration and the creature is confused 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.

  • 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.

As a reaction, which you use when another creature that you can touch or see within 10 meters makes an attack roll, an ability check, or a saving throw, you can use your wit to distract, confuse, and otherwise sap the confidence and competence of the creature. The creature makes the roll with disadvantage. The creature is immune if it is a construct or an undead, can’t hear you, or is immune to being charmed. You can do so after the roll but before any effects of the roll occur.

If the roll already has advantage or disadvantage, you cannot apply another instance of advantage or disadvantage and you must use this before the roll to cancel out any advantage or disadvantage.

Augment

You can use cutting words against one additional creature for each additional mana expended. The creatures must be within 5 meters of each other when you target them.

concentration, 1 hour/mana

As an action, darkness spreads from a point within 20 meters to fill a sphere twice as big as normal for the duration. The darkness spreads around corners.

If the point is on an object you are holding or one that isn’t being worn or carried, the darkness emanates from the object and moves with it. Completely covering the source of the darkness with an opaque object, such as a bowl or a helm, blocks the darkness.

If any of this spell’s area overlaps with an area of light created by a spell using equal or less mana, the spell that created the light is dispelled. Non-magical light, as well as light created by concoctions or spells using equal or less catalysts or mana, can’t illuminate the area.

Augment
You can augment this spell with the following options, expending mana for each option.
  • You can expend 1 additional mana so the darkness is magical. A creature with darkvision can’t see through this darkness.

  • Maddening Darkness. You can expend 1 additional mana and cast the spell as two actions so the darkness is a gateway to the dark between the stars, a region infested with unknown horrors. The sphere is now sized based on the mana expended and the duration changes to 5 minutes/mana, concentration. Shrieks, gibbering, and mad laughter can be heard within the sphere. Whenever a creature enters the spell’s area for the first time on a turn or starts its turn there, it must make a Will saving throw. On a failure, it is confused until the start of its next turn.

  • Hungering Darkness. You can expend 1 additional mana and cast the spell as two actions so the darkness is a gateway to the dark between the stars, a region infested with unknown horrors. The sphere is now sized based on the mana expended and the duration changes to 5 minutes/mana, concentration. This void is filled with a cacophony of soft whispers and slurping noises that can be heard up to 5 meters away. No light, magical or otherwise, can illuminate the darkness, and creatures fully within the area are blinded. Whenever a creature enters the spell’s area for the first time on a turn or starts its turn there, it must make a Reflex saving throw, taking 1d6 cold damage on a failed save as milky, otherworldly tentacles rub against it, or half as much damage on a successful one. You can increase the damage by 1d6 for every two additional mana expended.

(ritual); concentration, 5 minutes/mana

As an action, you can sense the presence and location of poisons and poisonous creatures within 5 meters of you. You also identify the kind of poison or poisonous creature in each case. The spell can penetrate most barriers, but it is blocked by 30 centimeters of stone, 2 centimeters of common metal, a thin sheet of lead, or 1 meter of wood or dirt

concentration, 1 minute/mana

As an action, make a weapon attack.

On a hit, add 2d8 + your spellcasting ability psychic damage to the attack’s damage roll and the creature must succeed on a Will saving throw or it is frightened of you for the duration.

On a critical hit, add twice as much damage.

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

The 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 3d8 for each additional mana expended.

concentration, 5 minutes/mana

As an action, a weapon you touch drips with poison. For the duration, the weapon deals an extra 1d4 poison 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 drip with poison.

concentration, 1 minute/mana

As an action, you attempt to awaken the worst fears in a creature that is not a construct or an undead that you can touch or see within 10 meters. The creature must succeed on a Will saving throw or become frightened of you for the duration.

While frightened by this spell, the creature must move as far as its speed allows away from you by the safest available route at the start of each of its turns, unless there is nowhere to move. If the creature ends its turn in a location where it doesn’t have line of sight to you, the creature can can repeat the saving throw, ending the effect on itself on a success.

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, 1 minute/mana

As an action, you exert an aura of frightening power. Each creature of your choice that is not a construct or an undead in a sphere around you must succeed on a Will saving throw or become frightened of you for the duration.

While frightened by this spell, a creature must move as far as its speed allows away from you by the safest available route at the start of each of its turns, unless there is nowhere to move. If the creature ends its turn in a location where it doesn’t have line of sight to you, the creature can can repeat the saving throw, ending the effect on itself on a success.

As an action, your soft words can magically enthrall a creature that you can touch or see within 5 meters of you. If the target can see or hear you, it must succeed on a Will saving throw or be charmed by you for the duration. The charmed creature is immobilized, it cannot speak, and the creature is incapacitated and visibly dazed.

The effect ends for the creature if you move more than 5 meters away from it, if it can neither see nor hear you, or if it takes damage.

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 expend 2 additional mana so the duration changes to 1 minute/mana, concentration and the creature is incapacitated 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.

concentration, 1 minute/mana

As an action, you let loose a magically amplified scream audible out to 100 meters that is loud and shrill enough to stop foes in their tracks. Each creature other than you in a sphere centered on you must make a Fortitude saving throw.

On a failure, it takes 1d8 psychic damage and is staggered for the duration.

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 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 1d4 for each additional mana expended.

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

On a failure, it takes 4d6 poison 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.

Augment

You can increase the damage by 4d6 for each additional mana expended.

concentration, 1 minute/mana

As an action, make a weapon attack.

On a hit, add 2d8 + your spellcasting ability poison damage to the attack’s damage roll and the creature must succeed on a Fortitude saving throw or it is poisoned for the duration.

On a critical hit, add twice as much damage.

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

The 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 3d8 for each additional mana expended.

1 hour/mana

As an action, you have advantage on saving throws against being poisoned, and resistance to poison damage for the duration.

If you are poisoned, you neutralize the poison. If more than one poison afflicts you, you neutralize one poison that you know is present, or you neutralize one at random.

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 you are immune to the poisoned condition and poison damage.


Dampen Poison

1

As a reaction, which you use when you take poison damage, you gain resistance to poison 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 poison damage. The creature gains the resistance instead.

(ritual)

As an action, all nonmagical food and drink within a sphere centered on a point of your choice within 5 meters is putrefied. If a creature consumes the putrefied food or water it must make a Fortitude saving throw.

On a failure, it takes 1d8 poison damage and is poisoned for 1 hour.

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.

Every 10 minutes, a poisoned creature can repeat the saving throw, ending the effect on itself on a success.

Augment

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

concentration, 1 minute/mana

As an action, sickening greenish energy lashes out toward a creature within 10 meters. The creature must make a Fortitude saving throw.

On a failure, it takes 3d10 poison damage and is poisoned for the duration.

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 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 4d10 for each additional mana expended.

concentration, 1 minute/mana

As an action, your poison slows the processing and reaction time of a creature that you can touch or see within 10 meters. The creature must succeed on a Fortitude saving throw against poison or be 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.

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 expend 1 additional mana to increase the slowed level by 1.

As an action, a green mist shoots forth from your outstretched hands. Each creature in a cone or line must make a Fortitude saving throw.

On a failure, it takes 2d10 fire damage and is poisoned 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.

A creature killed by this spell is affected by rigor mortis.

Augment

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