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Angel, Zoryas

The beautiful, winged woman dressed in voluminous, yellow robes bears a morningstar in one hand and a large, elaborately-crafted, lantern in the other.

Medium celestial, lawful good

Armor Class 14 (natural armor)
Hit Points 104 (16d8 + 32)
Speed 30 ft., fly 40 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
16 (+3) 10 (+0) 14 (+2) 10 (+0) 18 (+4) 18 (+4)

Saving Throws Charisma +7
Skills Insight +7, Perception +7
Damage Resistances fire, radiant; bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing from nomagical attacks
Condition Immunities blinded, charmed, deafened, exhaustion, frightened
Senses truesight 60 ft., passive Perception 17
Languages all, telepathy 120 ft.
Challenge 8 (3,900 XP)

Special Traits

  • Fire and Light. The zoryas’ weapon attacks are magical. When the zoryas hits with any weapon, the weapon deals an extra 3d8 radiant or fire damage (included in the attack). The zoryas chooses whether its attack does radiant or fire damage before making the attack roll.
  • Open Celestial Gate. As an action, the zoryas opens a gateway to the celestial plane. The gate appears as a shimmering circle that sheds bright light in a 15-foot radius and dim light for an additional 15 feet and is framed by twisting, golden strands. The gate lasts 1 hour; though, the zoryas can choose to close it at any time as a bonus action. Once the gate closes, the Angel, Zoryas zoryas is reduced to 0 hp and remains unconscious for six days, awakening, fully restored, at sunrise on the seventh day. The zoryas can’t pass through its own gate.
  • Regeneration. The zoryas regains 10 hp at the start of its turn. If the zoryas takes necrotic damage, this trait doesn’t function at the start of the zoryas’ next turn. The zoryas’ body is destroyed only if it starts its turn with 0 hp and doesn’t regenerate.
  • Sun’s Guidance (3/day). The zoryas has advantage on melee attack rolls until the end of its next turn.

Actions

  • Multiattack. The angel makes two morningstar attacks.
  • Morningstar. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 7 (1d8 + 3) piercing damage plus 13 (3d8) radiant or fire damage.
  • Light of Dawn (Recharges after a Long Rest). The zoryas’ lantern brightens, bathing its environs in brilliant light. Each creature within 30 feet of the zoryas must succeed on a DC 16 Wisdom saving throw or be blinded for 1d4 rounds. An undead creature who fails this save also takes 13 (3d8) fire damage. The light dispels up to three spells or other magical effects of 3rd level or lower like the dispel magic spell within the area.
  • Dusk’s Arrival (Recharges after a Long Rest). The zoryas’ lantern darkens, snuffing out nearby natural and magical sources of light. Each creature within 30 feet of the zoryas must make a DC 16 Constitution saving throw, taking 18 (4d8) cold damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one. The area is bathed in darkness like the darkness spell until the end of the zoryas’ next turn.

About

Brilliant Halos. Zoryas angels are the bringers and enders of light. Appearing at dawn, they ensure that the sun’s rays penetrate dark places. At dusk, they hasten light’s retreat, allowing darkness its portion. Zoryas angels are bathed in bright white and yellow light. Their brows are adorned with a shining halo consisting of small rotating orbs, leading many to sometimes mistake them for a sunrise when seeing them on the horizon.

Ushers and Key Holders. They are known to escort the avatars of gods onto and away from the mortal plane. The angels may open and close doors between the celestial plane and the mortal one. Doing so is taxing, and they must rest for several days afterwards. It is said that the brave and the foolish have stolen a zoryas’ interplanar keys while the angel recuperated. These stories invariably end poorly for the thieves, who are immolated by the angered angel’s wrath.

Immortal Nature. The zoryas angel doesn’t require food, drink, or sleep.

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