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Guardian Scroll

Tiny construct, neutral

Armor Class 15 (natural armor)
Hit Points 35 (10d4 + 10)
Speed 10 ft., fly 40 ft. (hover)

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
17 (+3) 15 (+2) 12 (+1) 7 (-2) 12 (+1) 11 (+0)

Damage Vulnerabilities fire
Damage Resistances piercing and slashing from nonmagical weapons that aren’t adamantine
Damage Immunities bludgeoning, poison
Condition Immunities blinded, deafened, paralyzed, petrified, poisoned
Senses blindsight 60 ft. (blind beyond this radius); passive Perception 11
Languages understand Common, but can’t speak
Challenge 2 (450 XP)

Special Traits

  • Bleed. A creature other than a construct or undead loses 2d6 (7) hit points from bleeding at the start of its turn per Slice it has suffered. Magical healing or a DC 15 Wisdom (Medicine) check as an action stanches all bleeding wounds.
  • Constructed Nature. The guardian scroll doesn’t require air, food, drink, or sleep.
  • False Appearance. While the guardian scroll remains motionless, it is indistinguishable from a normal scroll.

Actions

  • Slice. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., 1 target. Hit: 10 (2d6 + 3) slashing damage and the target is subject to the guardian scroll’s Bleed ability, and the scroll attaches itself to the target. If the target is Medium or smaller and the guardian scroll had advantage on its attack, it wraps itself around the target’s head, and the target is blinded and unable to breathe while the scroll remains attached. While attached, the scroll can attack no other creature except the target but gains advantage on its attacks. The scroll’s speed becomes 0, it can’t benefit from increases to its speed and it moves with the target. A creature can detach the scroll by making a successful DC 13 Strength check as an action. On its turn, the scroll can detach itself by using 5 feet of movement.

About

Guardian scrolls are deceptive constructs created from enchanted paper or papyrus, designed to protect the lairs, libraries, and sacred texts of magical practitioners.

When an intruder enters a proscribed area or touches a prohibited object without first speaking a password or otherwise signaling permission to enter, the guardian scroll attacks.

Shelf Stalker. At rest, guardian scrolls appear identical to any number of different types of magical or non-magical scrolls. When a guardian scroll becomes active, it rises in the air and unfurls to a length of almost 4 feet. It wafts through the air with casual ease as it approaches its target. When it attacks, it stiffens its edges, making them blade-sharp. It races past its target and draws its entire length across any exposed flesh, leaving a long, deep, and painful slash that bleeds badly afterward. This is not the scroll’s only means of attack, however. It can also wrap itself around a Medium or smaller creature in the blink of an eye, constricting it.

While the strength of its constriction is not as intense as that of a giant snake, the guardian scroll is intelligent enough to strategically wrap itself around the face of its target to blind and asphyxiate the creature.

Section 15: Copyright Notice
The Dragon’s Hoard #3 © 2021, Legendary Games; Lead Designer: Jason Nelson. Authors Matt Kimmel, Michael “solomani” Mifsud, Scott D. Young, Mark Hart, and Jeff Ibach.