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Dark Voice

Shadows cling to the black chainmail draping this humanoid’s form. Black cloth binds its eyes tightly, but it turns its face as if it can see. The figure’s frost-rimmed mace leaves wisps of vapor in the air as the whispering begins, and the light starts to die.

Medium humanoid (dark folk), neutral evil

Armor Class 16 (chain mail)
Hit Points 91 (14d8 + 28)
Speed 30 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
14 (+2) 10 (+0) 15 (+2) 11 (+1) 16 (+3) 18 (+4)

Skills Intimidation +7, Persuasion +7
Senses blindsight 60 ft., passive Perception 13
Languages Common, Umbral
Challenge 5 (1,800 XP)

Special Traits

  • Dark Devotion. Same as the dark eye.
  • Regeneration. The dark voice regains 5 hp at the start of its turn if it is in an area of dim light or darkness. The dark voice only dies if it starts its turn with 0 hp and doesn’t regenerate.
  • Sunlight Sensitivity. Same as the dark eye.

Actions

  • Multiattack. The dark voice makes two attacks with its mace.
  • Mace. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 5 (1d6 + 2) bludgeoning damage plus 7 (2d6) cold damage.
  • Heavy Crossbow. Ranged Weapon Attack: +3 to hit, range 100/400 ft., one target. Hit: 5 (1d10) piercing damage plus 7 (2d6) cold damage.
  • Whispers of Shadow (Recharge 5–6). The dark voice speaks in Umbral, whispering of what it sees beyond the dark. The area within 30 feet of the dark voice becomes dimly lit until the end of the dark voice’s next turn. Only sunlight can illuminate the area brightly during this time. Each non-dark folk creature in the area must succeed on a DC 15 Charisma saving throw or take 13 (3d8) psychic damage and be frightened until the start of its next turn.

About

The most powerful of the dark folk, a dark voice sacrifices both eyes to the truth lurking in the shadows. All dark folk instantly recognize the power and authority vested within a dark voice, though hearing two voices leads to bitter rivalry. Either the local dark folk turn on one another until only one voice remains, or the weaker dark voice sets off to establish a splinter group. In the rare case that multiple dark voices work together, the dark folk become a terrifying force. A dark voice commands the essence of darkness itself, whispering secrets that snuff light and fill listeners with terror so profound it can be deadly.

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