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Mercane (3pp)

Large aberration, lawful neutral

Armor Class 15 (natural armor)
Hit Points 59 (7d10 + 21)
Speed 30 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
15 (+2) 15 (+2) 16 (+3) 20 (+5) 17 (+3) 15 (+2)

Saving Throws Constitution +5, Wisdom +5
Skills Arcana +7, Deception +4, Insight +5, Intimidation +4, Perception +5, Persuasion +4, Religion +7, Sleight of Hand +4
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 15
Languages Abyssal, Celestial, Draconic, Infernal, at least two other languages, and telepathy 100 ft.
Challenge 4 (1,100 XP)

Special Traits
  • Innate Spellcasting: The mercane’s innate spellcasting ability is Intelligence (spell save DC 15, +7 to hit with spell attacks). It can innately cast the following spells, requiring no material components:
    • 3/day each: dimension door, invisibility
    • 1/day each: planeshift, secret chest
  • Magic Resistance: The mercane has advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical effects.
  • Mercantile Expertise: A mercane has advantage on skill and ability checks related to appraising, haggling and making sales pitches.
  • Magic Weapons: The mercane’s weapon attacks are magical.
Actions
  • Multiattack: The mercane makes two attacks with its glaive.
  • Glaive: Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 13 (2d10 + 2) slashing damage.
Description

The tall, blue-skinned humanoid is clad in loose, flowing robes. Its alien face has too many eyes and its hands have too few fingers.

Mysterious merchants of all things magical, mercanes are relatively weak and noncombative for creatures of their size. They prefer to bargain and haggle rather than to fight, but because they wander the planes seeking and trading magical goods, they typically travel with an entourage of hired bodyguards. Mercanes are capable of defending themselves, and often carry masterwork Large glaives. Yet these weapons are primarily for show, as mercanes prefer to let their bodyguards deal with violent opponents. If a situation turns ugly, mercanes typically use their magical abilities to flee, abandoning their hirelings if necessary.

Mercanes are known throughout the planes as traders in magical items. Each has a secret chest filled with wares stashed away, ready to be pulled out when it’s time to haggle and close a deal (or to bribe a potential obstacle). Mercanes are therefore not easily robbed, and they only surrender the contents of a secret chest when they have no other choice. Mercanes have no interest in mundane goods, no matter how fine or rare. Only magical objects earn their attention and their coin. They’re known for driving hard, but fair, bargains, and for hiring adventurers from time to time to recover certain goods of interest for a fair price. Although they are not particularly brave, they hold contracts sacrosanct and keep their agreements.

Rumors and legends abound as to the origins of the mercanes and their reasons for seeking out and buying magical items. Their home plane is unknown, and they have wandered between the worlds for as long as any can recall. Stories claim the mercanes feed on the magic items they acquire, or even need them in order to reproduce. There are also tales of a war in a far corner of the planes, with the mercanes serving the roles of arms merchants, aggressors, or defenders, depending on who tells the story.

Mercanes are 10 feet tall and weigh 500 pounds.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

System Reference Document Copyright 2000-2003, Wizards of the Coast, Inc.; Authors Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, Skip Williams, Rich Baker, Andy Collins, David Noonan, Rich Redman, Bruce R. Cordell, John D. Rateliff, Thomas Reid, James Wyatt, based on original material by E. Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson.