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)


  • 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.

  • Vital Strike. 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.


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.

Graven guardians are tied to a specific deity’s faith. Though unintelligent, it recognizes fellow worshipers or minions of its deity and does not treat them as enemies unless they first attack. This recognition does not allow anyone other than its actual creator to give it commands.

Librarians of Thoth. Several of the graven guardians described here is devoted to Thoth, the Egyptian god of knowledge and magic, but certainly could be used to protect places of learning and scholarship in the name of other deities. As servants of Thoth, each represents one of his aspects. The one representing his divine domains of Knowledge and Law is carved to resemble Thoth in his A’an aspect, as a baboon holding a pair of scales. The one with Knowledge and Rune as its domains is carved to resemble Thoth in his main aspect, with the head of an Ibis, holding a scroll. The one with Darkness and Magic as its domains resembles a human man with an ornate ceremonial headdress topped with a large crescent moon and holds a mirror. All three wield sickles in their main hand. If a character openly displays the holy symbol of Thoth, these graven guardians cannot attack that character unless he attacks them first, but they can restrain him via grapple and prevent him from proceeding to the next chamber.

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