Bocan

Tiny fey (bond, Sorcerer), chaotic neutral

Armor Class 15 (natural armor)
Hit Points 10 (3d4 + 3)
Speed 20 ft., climb 20 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
6 (-2) 16 (+3) 13 (+1) 12 (+1) 14 (+2) 16 (+3)

Skills Arcana +3, History +3, Nature +3, Perception +4, Stealth +5
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 14
Languages Common, Sylvan
Proficiency Bonus +2
Challenge 1/2 (100 XP)

SPECIAL TRAITS

  • Fallible Invisibility. The bocan is invisible, but humanoid children aged 10 and under can see through this invisibility.
  • Fey Ancestry. The fey has advantage on saving throws against being charmed, and magic can’t put it to sleep.
  • Flitting. The bocan knows the distance to and direction of any creature it decides is its host, even if the creature and the bocan are on different planes of existence. If the creature being tracked by the bocan dies, the bocan knows.
  • Spellcasting. The bocan is a 1st-level spellcaster. Its spellcasting ability is Charisma (spell save DC 13, +5 to hit with spell attacks). The bocan has the following spells prepared from the sorcerer’s spell list:

ACTIONS

  • Scythe. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 5 (1d4 + 3) slashing damage.

ABOUT

This tiny, gray, hairy creature is dressed in tattered clothes.

Bocans are fey creatures that dwell in ancient buildings, particularly those that are still inhabited. They possess a mischievous nature, enjoying pranks and tricks, but they are also willing to lend a helping hand with chores during the night when the family is asleep. They can communicate in both the common tongue and Sylvan.

Bocans attach themselves to a household and its family. Families that try to move may find the bocan impossible to avoid, as it will track its bonded family through a magical process known as flitting. Families who pack up may hear the bocan’s voice saying, “aye, we’re flitting” which means the bocan’s coming along for the ride. Most families give up and turn back around.

Bocans are adept at various spells, including faerie fire, prestidigitation, and minor illusion, which they use to enhance their mischief. In combat, when their homes are intruded upon, bocans utilize their spellcasting abilities to torment the invaders, employing tricks such as making their hair grow, turning them green, or causing them to trip over furniture. They are invisible to most creatures, and only detection spells can reveal their presence.

While bocans can be helpful and playful with young children, they vanish when adults who disbelieve their existence are present. These fey creatures never accept payment for their assistance but gladly consume small scraps of food left out for them. Solitary by nature, bocans gather in large numbers during the night of the full moon for a festive celebration, where secrets of the fae can be discovered by those fortunate enough to witness the event.

Bocans primarily sustain themselves on a vegetarian diet, although they occasionally indulge in sausages and smoked meats during their festivals. They do not hoard wealth but may possess a small collection of treasures amassed over the years.

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