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Graven Guardian, A’an

Medium construct, unaligned

Armor Class 17 (natural armor)
Hit Points 102 (12d8+48)
Speed 40 ft.

18 (+4) 15 (+2) 18 (+4) 1 (-5) 12 (+1) 10 (+0)

Damage Immunities poison; bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing from nonmagical attacks that aren’t adamantine
Condition Immunities charmed, exhaustion, frightened, paralyzed, petrified, poisoned
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 11
Challenge 6 (2,300 XP)

Special Traits

  • Faith Bound. The graven guardian cannot attack any creature that openly wears or displays the holy or unholy symbol of the deity to which the graven guardian is dedicated unless that creature first attacks the graven guardian.
  • Innate Spellcasting: The graven guardian’s innate spellcasting ability is Wisdom (spell save DC 12). The graven guardian can innately cast the following spells, requiring no material components:
    • At will: command Lawful Weapons. The graven guardian deals an extra 1d6 damage against chaotic creatures.
  • Magic Weapons. The graven guardian deals an extra 2d6 damage with its critical hit if it rolls a 20 on its attack roll.


  • Multiattack. The graven guardian makes three sickle or flail (using its balance scales) attacks in any combination.
  • Flail. Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 11 (2d6+4) bludgeoning damage.
  • Sickle. Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 11 (2d6+4) slashing damage.
  • Tangling Trip. If the graven guardian hits a Medium or smaller creature with both its flail and sickle in the same round, as a bonus action it can make a Strength (Athletics) check to Shove that creature, knocking it prone if successful.


Graven guardians are human-sized constructs of clay, stone, wood, or similar materials, crafted and painted to resemble a deity or a deity’s favored servants. When not in motion, a graven guardian appears identical to a temple or crypt’s statue, but while active, graven guardians look extremely lifelike.

Faithful Guardians. Graven guardians are inexorably tied to a specific deity’s faith. While unintelligent and thus lacking any real personality, a graven guardian has the ability to recognize fellow worshipers or minions of its deity and does not treat them as enemies unless they first attack. This recognition does not extend so far as to allow these worshipers (or those cunningly disguised as worshipers) to give a graven guardian new orders. As with all constructs, a graven guardian follows only the orders of its creator.

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