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Serpentfolk of Yig

The hooded cultist utters a sibilant phrase. Then, like a fading mask of fog, his face suddenly vanishes and in its stead leers a monstrous serpent’s head. His terrible, slit eyes blaze unblinkingly as his scaly hands twist and contort in arcane gestures.

Medium humanoid, neutral evil

Armor Class 12
Hit Points 40 (9d8)
Speed 30 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
11 (+0) 14 (+2) 11 (+0) 14 (+2) 11 (+0) 14 (+2)

Saving Throws Charisma +4
Skills Deception +6, Perception +2, Stealth +4
Damage Immunities poison
Condition Immunities poisoned
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 12
Languages Abyssal, Common, Draconic, Infernal, Void Speech
Challenge 1 (200 XP)

Special Traits

  • Magic Resistance. The serpentfolk has advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical effects.
  • Innate Spellcasting. The serpentfolk’s innate spellcasting ability is Charisma (spell save DC 12). The serpentfolk can innately cast the following spells, requiring no material components:

Actions

  • Multiattack. The serpentfolk makes two attacks: one with its bite and one with its scimitar.
  • Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one creature. Hit: 4 (1d4 + 2) piercing damage plus 3 (1d6) poison damage.
  • Scimitar. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 5 (1d6 + 2) slashing damage.
  • Shortbow. Ranged Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, range 80/320 ft., one target. Hit: 5 (1d6 + 2) piercing damage.

About

Priests of the Serpent God. Grim tales are told of a prehistoric race of evil snake-people who, wearing the guise of a human cult, have surreptitiously built a monstrous religion around the worship of—the serpent god Yig. As an actor dons a mask, these fiendish humanoids use illusory magic to imitate anyone they wish. This disguise is often betrayed, however, by the presence of the serpentfolk’s frightful, fetid scent.

Under Cloak of Blasphemy. Serpentfolk of Yig rely on natural cunning and the sorcery of their cold, reptilian bloodline to survive. These snake-people live in secret amongst the cities of civilized nations and plot to overthrow the warm-blooded inheritors of the world “when the stars are right.” Known as “they that walk the night,” the serpentfolk of Yig live to serve their dark god’s hideous, evil agenda. Many seek to become powerful spellcasters and master assassins to better serve their cruel life’s purpose. The Queen of Serpents considers the serpentfolk abominations, corrupted versions of true serpents, and there is great enmity between her followers and the followers of Yig.

The Snake That Speaks. In defiance of the creation myths surrounding the World Serpent Veles, the serpentfolk worship their Great Old One progenitor as the true Father of Serpents, knowing him by many names—Set, Quetzelcoatl, and Ningishzida among them. As their insidious cults grow in size—swollen with allied horrors like the Servants of Yig, the scitalis, and other reptilian monstrosities—the serpentfolk move further and further from their shadowed jungle enclaves to corrupt the credulous kingdoms of man.

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