Dishrag Dervish

Large swarm of Tiny undead, chaotic evil

Armor Class 13
Hit Points 27 (5d10)
Speed 0 ft., fly 30 ft. (hover)

7 (-3) 17 (+3) 10 (+0) 11 (+0) 14 (+2) 16 (+3)

Damage Resistances acid, fire, lightning, thunder; bludgeoning and piercing
Damage Immunities cold, necrotic, poison
Condition Immunities charmed, exhaustion, frightened, grappled, paralyzed, petrified, poisoned, prone, restrained
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 12
Languages the languages it knew in life
Challenge 2 (450 XP)
Proficiency Bonus +2


  • False Appearance. While the dervish remains motionless, it is indistinguishable from a normal pile of cleaning supplies.
  • Incorporeal Movement. The dervish can move through other creatures and objects as if they were difficult terrain. It takes 5 (1d10) force damage if it ends its turn inside an object.
  • Rejuvenation. If destroyed, the dervish magically re-forms fully healed after 5 (2d4) days in its tavern. The dervish can be permanently destroyed only if someone cleans up its tavern, which might take hours or days depending on the state of the place.
  • Swarm. The swarm can occupy another creature’s space and vice versa, and the swarm can move through any opening large enough for a Tiny creature. The swarm can’t regain hit points or gain temporary hit points.
  • Tavern Bound. The dervish can’t stray more than 120 feet from the taproom or drinking hall to which it is bound.
  • Undead Nature. A sitebound spirit doesn’t require air, food, drink, or sleep.


  • Swarming Rags. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 0 ft., all targets in the dervish’s space. Hit: 10 (2d6 + 3) necrotic damage, and the target must succeed on a DC 10 Constitution saving throw or take 3 (1d6) poison damage and be poisoned until the end of its next turn.
  • Ectoplasmic Splash. Ranged Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, range 30/60 ft., one target. Hit: 10 (2d6 + 3) necrotic damage, and the target must succeed on a DC 10 Constitution saving throw or take 3 (1d6) poison damage and be poisoned until the end of its ne xt turn.
  • Greasy Spill. The dervish dumps grimy buckets and wrings out filthy sponges, creating a slippery puddle in a 15-foot radius around the dervish. Each creature standing in the area when the grease appears must succeed on a DC 12 Dexterity saving throw or fall prone. A creature that enters the area or ends its turn there must also succeed on a Dexterity saving throw or fall prone.


In abandoned taverns, dishrag dervishes hide in plain sight as discarded cleaning supplies or common trash until their sordid domain is disturbed. These spirits particularly despise rowdy revelers, unrepentant litterers, and anyone who openly worships a god of debauchery or libations. In combat, a dishrag dervish will single-mindedly target such bacchants and braggadocios, ignoring all others until it has slaked its thirst for vengeance.

The hardest-working employees of public houses and taverns-waiters, servants, bar hands, and others at the bottom rungs of the business-typically sustain the most abuse and indignity from guests and employers alike. Tragically, when destruction visits the establishment in the form of riotous mobs or belligerent arsonists, these same workers are also among the most likely to perish in the attack. Perhaps it is no wonder, then, why sometimes in the aftermath of an attack these poor souls refuse to move onto the afterlife until the indignities they’ve suffered have been set right.

To haunt the building that caused them so much agony in life, these vengeful souls manifest as grubby dishrags, splintered brooms, and buckets of scummy dishwater that clatter across the drinking hall and terrorize anyone who still dares patronize the sinful business. It isn’t long before the haunted drinking establishment goes out of business completely; yet, still, a dishrag dervish will go on haunting the ruins of its former tormentors until the last drop of alcohol is scrubbed from the building’s floorboards.

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