Fear Eater

Medium fey, neutral evil

Armor Class 15 (natural armor)
Hit Points 135 (13d8+54)
Speed 30 ft., climb 30 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
14 (+2) 22 (+6) 17 (+3) 11 (+0) 12 (+1) 15 (+2)

Saving Throws Dex +9
Condition Immunities frightened
Skills Insight +4, Intimidation +5, Stealth +9
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 11
Languages Aklo, Undercommon
Challenge 5 (1,800 XP)

SPECIAL TRAITS

  • Innate Spellcasting. The fear eater’s spell casting ability is Charisma (spell save DC 13). It can innately cast the following spells, requiring no material components:

ACTIONS

  • Multiattack. The fear eater makes two claw attacks.
  • Claw. Melee Weapon Attack: +12 to hit, 5 ft. reach, one target. Hit: 11 (1d10 + 6) slashing damage plus 5 (1d10 necrotic damage). A creature hit by the fear eater’s claws must succeed a DC 15 Constitution saving throw or be affected by spores which cause them to be frightened. An affected creature can make a new saving throw every turn to end this effect, otherwise it ends in 1 minute.
  • Dread Burst (1/day). A fear eater can cause a creature it caused to be frightened using its claw attack to burst spores within 30 feet. All creatures within that radius must succeed a DC 15 Constitution saving throw or become frightened.

ABOUT

These malicious fey prowl the darkest corners of the world, inspiring terror to fertilize the curious fungal fruits that sustain them. Fear eaters tend vast gardens of luminescent mushrooms that grow upon the bound, cringing bodies of their captives. The mushrooms drain emotions from the creatures fertilizing them, and their spores cause spikes of fear in their hosts, which spur the mushrooms to grow even larger. Despite their role in production of these despair-laced luxuries, fear eaters are welcome only on the margins of most fey societies, and most fey rulers prefer to purchase their specialties through intermediaries rather than be seen associating with fear eaters directly. Fear eaters are interested only in breeding the perfect mushrooms and can be dangerous opponents when hunting new fertilizer or protecting their crops. The average fear eater is 8 feet long and weighs 400 pounds.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

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