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Darkling Elder

Darkling Elder

Medium fey, chaotic neutralMedium fey, chaotic neutral
Armor Class 15 (studded leather armor)15 (studded leather armor)
[~<13]
+/-/*
Hit Points 27 (5d8+5)27 ([5d8+5])
[~1-6]
Speed 30 ft.30 ft.

STR
13 (+1)
DEX
17 (+3)
CON
12 (+1)
INT
10 (+0)
WIS
14 (+2)
CHA
13 (+1)

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Saving Throws - Proficiency Bonus +2 - Proficiency Bonus [+2]
Skills - Acrobatics +5, Deception +3, Perception +6, Stealth +7 - Acrobatics [+5], Deception [+3], Perception [+6], Stealth [+7]
Damage Vulnerabilities
Damage Resistances
Damage Immunities
Condition Immunities
Senses blindsight 30 ft., darkvision 120 ft., passive Perception 16blindsight 30 ft., darkvision 120 ft., passive Perception 16
Languages - Elvish, Sylvan- Elvish, Sylvan
PB +2
Challenge 2 (450 XP)

[+instructions]

Death Burn. When the darkling elder dies, magical light flashes out from it in a 10-foot radius as its body and possessions, other than metal or magic objects, burn to ash. Any creature in that area must make a DC 11 Constitution saving throw. On a failure, the creature takes 7 (2d6) radiant damage and, if the creature can see the light, is blinded until the end of its next turn. If the saving throw is successful, the creature takes half the damage and isn't blinded.

[b]Death Burn.[/b] When the darkling elder dies, magical light flashes out from it in a 10-foot radius as its body and possessions, other than metal or magic objects, burn to ash. Any creature in that area must make a DC 11 Constitution saving throw. On a failure, the creature takes 7 ([2d6]) radiant damage and, if the creature can see the light, is blinded until the end of its next turn. If the saving throw is successful, the creature takes half the damage and isn't blinded.

Actions

[~Hit +2, DC <13, DPR 0-1]

Multiattack. The darkling elder makes two melee attacks.
Shortsword. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 6 (1d6+3) piercing damage. If the darkling elder had advantage on the attack roll, the attack deals as: extra 10 (3d6) piercing damage.
Darkness (Recharges after a Short or Long Rest). The darkling elder casts darkness without any components. Wisdom is its spellcasting ability.

[b]Multiattack.[/b] The darkling elder makes two melee attacks.
[b]Shortsword.[/b] Melee Weapon Attack: [+5] to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 6 ([1d6+3]) piercing damage. If the darkling elder had advantage on the attack roll, the attack deals as: extra 10 ([3d6]) piercing damage.
[b]Darkness (Recharges after a Short or Long Rest).[/b] The darkling elder casts darkness without any components. Wisdom is its spellcasting ability.

Legendary Actions

 

Details

Ancient legends speak of a seelie fey who betrayed the Summer Queen. His true name has been stricken from history, but the stories call him Dubh Catha ("Dark Crow" in Common). So great was the Summer Queen's wrath that she cursed every member of his house. Other fey refer to the descendants of Dubh Catha's house as the dubh sith-or, in Common, "darklings." Darklings most often settle in secluded caverns and chambers beneath the towns of other species. From such enclaves, they quietly ply their trade as thieves and assassins.
The Killing Light. The Summer Queen's curse causes a darkling's body to absorb light, and doing so wizens the creature, much like the effect of rapid aging. For this reason, darklings cover every part of their body with clothing when exposure to light is a risk. The light a darkling absorbs over the course of its lifetime explodes outward when the darkling dies, incinerating the creature and much of its possessions.
Love of Art. Despite their curse, darklings retain a fondness for the beauty of art. A darkling might risk taking a peek at a sunset or lighting a tiny candle to glimpse the colors in a painting or a jewel.
Elder Transformation. A wise and respected darkling can qualify to undergo a ritual to become an elder. Other elders mark the supplicant with glowing tattoos, channeling some of the darkling's absorbed light away from its body. If the ritual succeeds, the darkling grows into a tall and fair form, like that of a gray-skinned elf. The darkling perishes if the ritual fails.
Ancient legends speak of a seelie fey who betrayed the Summer Queen. His true name has been stricken from history, but the stories call him Dubh Catha ("Dark Crow" in Common). So great was the Summer Queen's wrath that she cursed every member of his house. Other fey refer to the descendants of Dubh Catha's house as the dubh sith-or, in Common, "darklings." Darklings most often settle in secluded caverns and chambers beneath the towns of other species. From such enclaves, they quietly ply their trade as thieves and assassins.
The Killing Light. The Summer Queen's curse causes a darkling's body to absorb light, and doing so wizens the creature, much like the effect of rapid aging. For this reason, darklings cover every part of their body with clothing when exposure to light is a risk. The light a darkling absorbs over the course of its lifetime explodes outward when the darkling dies, incinerating the creature and much of its possessions.
Love of Art. Despite their curse, darklings retain a fondness for the beauty of art. A darkling might risk taking a peek at a sunset or lighting a tiny candle to glimpse the colors in a painting or a jewel.
Elder Transformation. A wise and respected darkling can qualify to undergo a ritual to become an elder. Other elders mark the supplicant with glowing tattoos, channeling some of the darkling's absorbed light away from its body. If the ritual succeeds, the darkling grows into a tall and fair form, like that of a gray-skinned elf. The darkling perishes if the ritual fails.
 
Source VGM, page 134
 
Environments Forest, Swamp, Underdark, Urban
 
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1/2+21350-70+36-813
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4+214116-130+527-3214
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7+315161-175+645-5015
8+316176-190+751-5616
9+416191-205+757-6216
10+417206-220+763-6816
11+417221-235+869-7417
12+417236-250+875-8017
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14+518266-280+887-9218
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16+518296-310+999-10418
17+619311-325+10105-11019
18+619326-340+10111-11619
19+619341-355+10117-12219
20+619356-400+10123-14019
21+719401-445+11141-15820
22+719446-490+11159-17620
23+719491-535+11177-19420
24+719536-580+12195-21221
25+819581-625+12213-23021
26+819626-670+12231-24821
27+819671-715+13249-26622
28+819716-760+13267-28422
29+919761-805+13285-30222
30+919806-850+14303-32023

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