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Elemental, Storm Lord

The rough shape of a man with a crown and beard of sea foam rises out of the center of the maelstrom on a swirling pillar of dark clouds and seawater. Raging, his fist clutches a crackling ball of lightning.

Huge elemental, neutral

Armor Class 17 (natural armor)
Hit Points 161 (17d12 + 51)
Speed 50 ft., fly 50 ft. (hover), swim 90 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
20 (+5) 18 (+4) 16 (+3) 12 (+1) 14 (+2) 18 (+4)

Saving Throws Strength +10, Constitution +8, Wisdom +7
Skills Athletics +10, Nature +6, Perception +7
Damage Resistances acid, lightning, thunder; bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing from nonmagical attacks
Damage Immunities poison
Condition Immunities exhaustion, grappled, paralyzed, petrified, poisoned, prone, restrained, unconscious
Senses darkvision 120 ft., passive Perception 17
Languages Aquan
Challenge 13 (10,000 XP)

Special Traits

  • Tempest. The storm lord is surrounded in a 120-foot-radius by a ferocious storm. The storm imposes disadvantage on ranged weapon attack rolls and Wisdom (Perception) checks based on sight or hearing within the area. The storm lord’s own senses and attacks are not impaired by this trait. The tempest extinguishes open flames and disperses fog. A flying creature in the tempest must land at the end of its turn or fall. Each creature that starts its turn within 30 feet of the storm lord must succeed on a DC 16 Strength saving throw or be pushed 15 feet away from the storm lord. Any creature within 30 feet of the storm lord must spend 2 feet of movement for every 1 foot it moves when moving closer to the storm lord.

Actions

  • Multiattack. The storm lord makes two slam attacks or two lightning bolt attacks.
  • Slam. Melee Weapon Attack: +10 to hit, reach 10 ft, one target. Hit: 29 (7d6 + 5) bludgeoning damage.
  • Lightning Bolt. Ranged Spell Attack: +9 to hit, range 60 ft., one target. Hit: 31 (7d8) lightning damage.
  • Thunder Clap (Recharge 5–6). The storm lord creates a peal of ear-splitting thunder. Each creature within 30 feet of the storm lord must make a DC 17 Constitution saving throw. On a failure, a target takes 54 (12d8) thunder damage and is deafened. On a success, a target takes half the damage but isn’t deafened. The deafness lasts until it is lifted by the lesser restoration spell or similar magic.

About

Violent Sea Kings. Native to the Plane of Water, storm lords make war on each other over territory and pride, but they also command their lesser elemental kin in battle against intruders from other planes. Less frequently, storm lords leave their home plane to address some perceived wrong or slight, but, in some cases, they are summoned to serve greater elemental tempests and hurricanes.

Voice of Thunder. Foul tempered at the best of times, storm lords consider communication with non-aquatic creatures to be beneath them, preferring to settle disagreements with violence.

Acknowledged Kinship. While they spurn most diplomatic attempts, storm lords receive such overtures more charitably when brought to them by aquatic creatures.

Elemental Nature. The storm lord doesn’t require air, food, drink, or sleep.

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