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Egui

Medium undead, chaotic evil

Armor Class 14 (natural armor)
Hit Points 54 (12d8)
Speed 0 ft., fly 30 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
6 (–2) 13 (+1) 10 (+0) 10 (+0) 16 (+3) 4 (–3)

Damage Immunities cold, necrotic, poison
Damage Resistances acid, fire, lightning, thunder
Condition Immunities charmed, exhaustion, frightened, grappled, paralyzed, petrified, poisoned, prone, restrained
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 13
Languages any languages it knew in life
Challenge 3 (700 XP)

SPECIAL TRAITS

  • Aura of Decay. Any foodstuffs within 10 feet of an egui instantly rot and are destroyed. Any food destroyed in this fashion can be consumed by the ghost’s Consume action.
  • Incorporeal Movement. The egui 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.

ACTIONS

  • Ceaseless Hunger. Melee Weapon Attack: +3 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 14 (3d8 + 1) damage. The target must succeed on a DC 12 Constitution saving throw or it takes a level of exhaustion due to the crippling effects of hunger.
  • Consume. Egui are driven by their insatiable hunger, but their tiny mouths prevent them from consuming any food that is not spoiled or rotting. If rotting or spoiled food (such as that produced by an egui’s Aura of Decay ability) is within 10 feet of an egui, it must immediately move toward that food and consume it, taking an action to do so. While this means that the egui cannot attack while using its Consume action, it also heals the egui of 1d4 points of damage.

ABOUT

Egui are an especially fearful type of undead. Variously described as the ghosts of those who died of hunger or of those who were especially gluttonous in life, egui wander the night in search of food in order to sate their terrible, gnawing hunger. Egui are cursed, however, for their mouths are too small to actually consume anything but rotted, spoiled food. Their very presence causes fresh food to decay, after which they hungrily consume the disgusting meal and then attack those who failed to help them.

In some tales, it is said that hostile egui can be appeased, or at least distracted, with offers of food. Food left in an egui’s path, or offered directly, is all but irresistible, for the egui’s aura automatically rots the food, transforming it into a repugnant meal that the hungry ghost immediately consumes. While eating, the ghost can do nothing else, which allows its foes to attack it or escape. It is widely believed, however, that consuming rotting food actually heals damage the egui has taken, so this tactic should be used warily.

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