Bone Collector

Small undead, neutral evil

Armor Class 13 (natural armor)
Hit Points 21 (6d6)
Speed 15 ft., fly 60 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
6 (–2) 15 (+2) 11 (+0) 7 (–2) 14 (+2) 9 (–1)

Skills Perception +4, Stealth +4
Damage Immunities necrotic, poison
Condition Immunities poisoned
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 14
Languages understands Common but can’t speak
Challenge 1/2 (100 XP)
Proficiency Bonus +2

SPECIAL TRAITS

  • Call of the Grave. Attacks made within 60 feet of the bone collector score a critical hit on a roll of 19 or 20.
  • Death Sense. The bone collector can pinpoint, by scent, the location of Undead creatures and creatures that have been dead no longer than 1 week within 60 feet of it and can sense the general direction of such creatures within 1 mile of it.
  • Magic Resistance. The bone collector has advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical effects.
  • Undead Nature. The bone collector doesn’t require air, food, drink, or sleep.

ACTIONS

  • Talons. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 9 (2d6 + 2) slashing damage. If the target is a creature, it must succeed on a DC 11 Constitution saving throw or contract a disease. Until the disease is cured, the target can’t regain hp except by magical means, and the target’s hp maximum decreases by 3 (1d6) every 24 hours. If the target’s hp maximum drops to 0 as a result of this disease, the target dies.
  • Bad Omen (1/Day). The bone collector places a bad omen on a creature it can see within 20 feet of it. The target must succeed on a DC 10 Wisdom saving throw or be cursed for 1 minute. While cursed, the target has disadvantage on attack rolls against the bone collector. The target can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on itself on a success.

ABOUT

A fully animate vulture carcass swoops down and alights on a corpse. The decaying scavenger opens its beak to reveal a large eye in its throat.

Bone collectors are familiars and gatherers for the undead, necromancers, and other powerful spellcasters devoted to death.

Picking through the Carnage. When not on a specific task for their masters, bone collectors visit sites of battle to gather bones, their favorite treats. If tasked to do so, they also collect battlefield leftovers, dutifully delivering the items for their masters’ ever-growing collection of materials for rituals, growing undead armies, or simply decoration.

Eyes of the Dead. Many of the deities of undeath use bone collectors to watch followers, to provide aid, or to ensure loyalty. These deities sometimes grant this ability to their more powerful minions, such as liches, vampires, or truant devourers, relying on the minion to keep their followers in check and loyal. Most young necromancers and initiate priests of such deities are unaware of this aspect of bone collectors.

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