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Horse Master

Medium humanoid (human, shapechanger), chaotic good

Armor Class 13 in human form, 14 in horse form
Hit Points 39 (6d8 + 12)
Speed 30 ft. (60 ft. in horse form)

Str Dex Con Int Wis Cha
15 (+2) 16 (+3) 15 (+2) 12 (+1) 14 (+2) 10 (+0)

Skills Animal Handling +4, Insight +4, Nature +3, Perception +4
Senses passive Perception 14
Languages Common (Can’t speak in horse form)
Challenge 4 (1,100 XP)

Special Traits

  • Born to the Saddle. The horse master has advantage on saving throws made to avoid falling off his mount. If he does fall off his mount and descends no more than 10 feet, he can land on his feet if he’s not incapacitated. Finally, mounting or dismounting a creature costs him only 5 feet of movement, rather than half his speed.
  • Cavalry Skills. The horse master has advantage on attack rolls when he is mounted and avoids any opportunity attacks.
  • Keen Smell. The horse master has advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on smell.
  • Shapechanger. The horse master can use his action to polymorph into a riding horse or back to his human form. His statistics, other than his size, are the same in each form. Any equipment he is wearing or carrying is transformed. He reverts to his human form if he dies.


  • Multiattack. The horse master makes two attacks.
  • Unarmed. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 6 (1d8 + 2) bludgeoning damage.
  • Hooves (Horse Form Only). Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 7 (2d4 + 2) bludgeoning damage.
  • Summon Horses (1/day). The horse master can summon 1d4 riding horses once a day. The beasts appear within 90 feet of the horse master and obey his commands.


Many nobles employ the services of this equine specialist. What the nobles don’t know is that this expert is also able to transform into a horse. A handsome and charming man, he gets along well with most.

Equine Expert. The horse master knows more about horses than anyone. All beasts are drawn to his authenticity and horses see him as part of their herd. He is able to tame any steed within a few minutes. 

Secret Shape. Nobody is aware that the horse master can actually take the form of a horse. He takes full advantage of this and lives two lives. However, this individual cannot hide the fact he eats like a horse.

Home on the Range. After some time in the city, the horse master feels the need to get out into the country. Once there, he loves to turn into his beast shape and run free. As he can travel long distances as a horse, he is an experienced traveler. On his travels he has met many druids and rangers and has an extensive network of friends.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Monsters of the City Sins and Virtues A Collection of Monsters for 5th Edition © 2020 Cawood Publishing. Author: Andrew Cawood