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Death Scribe

Medium fey, lawful evil

Armor Class 12
Hit Points 31 (7d8)
Speed 30 ft.

Str Dex Con Int Wis Cha
9 (-1) 14 (+2) 10 (+0) 14 (+2) 8 (-1) 14 (+2)

Skills Deception +4, History +4, Persuasion +4
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 9
Languages Common and one other
Challenge 3 (700 XP)

Special Traits

  • Fey Ancestry. The death scribe has advantage on saving throws against being charmed, and magic can’t put it to sleep.
  • Innate Spellcasting. The death scribe’s innate spellcasting ability is Charisma (spell save DC 12). The death scribe can innately cast the following spells, requiring no components:
    • At will: prestidigitation, vicious mockery
    • 1/day each: dissonant whispers, hellish rebuke, hex
  • Magic Resistance. The death scribe has advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical effects.


  • Multiattack. The death scribe makes two attacks, one with its dagger and one with its tongue.
  • Dagger. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 4 (1d4 + 2) piercing damage plus 3 (1d6) poison damage.
  • Tongue Lashing. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 5 (1d6 + 2) piercing damage plus 2 (1d4) poison damage.


Working deep into the night are fey known as the death scribes. They appear much like a zombie, with permanent dark shadows under their eyes. In most cases, horror is the only genre that appeals to these writers. They are prolific, but only create horrifying, toxic works.

Toxic Tongue. These fey are known for their verbal attacks against others. Their poisonous, twisted tongue always hangs from their mouth like a slobbering dog. This fey says it is respectful and genuine, but nothing could be further from the truth.

Focused on Fame. The death scribe will do anything for fame. It will steal other writers’ works without a moment’s hesitation. Death scribes have no conscience and will do whatever it takes to advance their career.

Corrupt Guilds. Unprincipled writing guilds desperate for cheap scribes will hire these creatures. Many of the writers in these guilds will befriend the death scribe. They are charmed by the egocentric monster and are blind to its toxic nature.

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Monsters of the City Sins and Virtues A Collection of Monsters for 5th Edition © 2020 Cawood Publishing. Author: Andrew Cawood