VASCULAR WRAITH

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“Bleeder,” Walter Oltmann

Floating silently, a vaguely humanoid network of blood vessels throbs in time to the pulsing organ at its center.

AC: 16, immune to bludgeoning damage, disease, and poison, and resistant to piercing damage
HP: 21 (6d6); saves as a magic-user
Movement: fly 60 ft.; a vascular wraith can squeeze through spaces as small as 1 square foot
Morale: High
Attack: can make 2 unarmed strikes, melee +6 (10 ft reach; 1d4 damage and the wraith regains an equal amount of HP)
Special:

 

  • Arterial Spray: Whenever a vascular wraith takes slashing damage, all creatures adjacent to it must succeed a Dexterity saving throw or be drenched in blood and suffer Disadvantage on all attack rolls, ability rolls, and skill checks for 1 round.
  • Exsanguinating Embrace: Instead of attacking, a vascular wraith can attempt to attach itself to an adjacent, living creature. The target must succeed an opposed Dexterity check or become enveloped by the wraith. While embracing a creature, the wraith drains 1d6 Constitution each round on its turn, but can take no other actions. The victim can move at half speed, has Disadvantage on all rolls, and deals half damage with their attacks. A successful opposed Strength check will remove the wraith, as will dropping it to 0 HP.
  • Grisly Sight: A character seeing a vascular wraith for the first time must succeed a Wisdom saving throw or be unable to act for 1 round.
  • Heart of the Matter: The still-beating heart of a vascular wraith is its weak point. Dealing damage equivalent to a quarter of the wraith’s total HP directly to the heart will instantly destroy the creature.

The origins of these gruesome entities are unknown. Most hypotheses tie them to vampires – that perhaps they are the vengeful shades of person killed by a vampire, or the ghost of a vampire itself. Another, more esoteric explanation is that they are some kind of ‘blood elemental.’

 

 

NEW SPELL: Gravel Blast

Evocation Cantrip
You cause a 5-foot-by-5-foot patch of ground within 30 feet to energetically erupt, tossing soil and stone into the air.

A creature standing in that area must succeed a Dexterity saving throw or takes 1d4 damage from flying debris and is thrown backwards 5 feet for every point of damage suffered. Creatures larger than Medium-size gain Advantage on their saving throw.

With each casting of the spell, you can cause one eruption plus an additional one for every 3 caster levels. Multiple eruptions occur simultaneously.

VARIATION: If you don’t like and/or use cantrips, you could make this a 1st-level spell by bumping up the number of eruptions to one per caster level.

Which Pissant Noble am I Talking To?

Normally, there are many layers of functionaries and factotums that prevent the aristocracy from getting within spitting distance of people as disreputable as adventurers. But, whether through dumb luck or deliberate shenanigans, the PCs may find themselves face to face with one or members of high society.

To generate an upper-class twit, roll 4d20.

D20 Roll

Female Male Noble House Rich Person Nonsense They Won’t Shut Up About

1

Alianor Auberic Asmodi Making miniature furniture for dioramas

2

Basilissa Bort Balagaga Falconry

3

Bruticia Bromulus Blumslow Experimenting with electricity

4

Citrinita Calastor Charivari Cocaine

5

Delephine Drystan Dunclop Erotic etchings

6

Dratlana Eephus Ermengard The latest canto of the epic poem they’re writing

7

Erzegund Fleurian Fitzwark Competitive orchid cultivation

8

Frangelique Gormsley Guisarme Their extensive wine-cellar

9

Gorgonetta Hinkard Hurdivant International finance

10

Hildegrine Indrid Kakarov Clockwork automata

11

Irlanis Jedward Le Bont The artist they’re patronizing

12

Javelinda Jobias Mackelay Their feud with another noble family

13

Lazuli Maldivio Nethersby Their feud with their own family

14

Lynira Niflas Ombrego Betting on bumfights

15

Marbeline Oxton Pleurgeron Why peasants deserve to be treated better

16

Nephilia Phinster Quence Why peasants are treated exactly as they deserve

17

Ornella Scarlon Slayle The ongoing renovations of their manor

18

Sibylis Theobald Tant The health benefits of their ridiculous diet

19

Tartine Vespio Utherelm Creating historical tableau with taxidermied animals 

20

Zinerva Weymund Vargulli A new, absurdly complex beauty regimen