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Lamp Blighter

Small fey, chaotic evil

Armor Class 16 (natural armor)
Hit Points 104 (16d6+48)
Speed 30 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
7 (-2) 20 (+5) 16 (+3) 16 (+3) 15 (+2) 15 (+2)

Senses blindsight 60 ft., darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 15
Languages Common, Sylvan, Undercommon
Challenge 6 (2,300 XP)

SPECIAL TRAITS

ACTIONS

  • Multiattack. The lampblighter makes a bite attack and two claw attacks, or it makes two shortbow attacks.
  • Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, 5 ft. reach, 1 target. Hit: 10 (1d10 + 5) slashing damage.
  • Claw. Melee Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, 5 ft. reach, 1 target. Hit: 10 (1d10 + 5) slashing damage. On a critical hit, the lampblighter plucks out an eye, and the target gains disadvantage on sight-based perception checks until they receive the benefits of a greater restoration, regenerate, or similar spell.
  • Shortbow. Ranged Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, 80/320 ft. reach, 1 target. Hit: 8 (1d6 + 5) piercing damage. The lampblight uses poisoned arrows and chooses one of the following effects: 11 (2d10) poison damage, target is frightened for 1d4 rounds unless it succeeds at a DC 13 Wisdom saving throw, target is unconscious for 1d4 rounds unless it succeeds at a DC 13 Wisdom saving throw. Creatures may repeat this saving throw at the start of their turn to end either condition.

ABOUT

Twisted in mind and form, lamp blighters have been corrupted by their own hatred for civilization and its encroachment upon lands that were once wild. Named for their practice of darkening lamps to draw victims close and also their love of ripping out eyes with their vicious claws, they take out this hatred upon inhabitants of border villages and towns, amplifying fear of the dark in the places they bedevil. Lamp blighters stand 2 feet tall fully when upright, though they are usually hunched over and flying at eye level of their victims, and they weigh about 20 pounds.

Twisted by Darkness. Lamp blighters were once pixies who chose to remain in their ancestral lands in the face of civilization’s relentless expansion. Embittered and resentful of what they saw as an attack upon their way of life, these fey developed malice and anger that transformed their bodies: their bright colors faded, their teeth and claws elongated and sharpened, and their minds turned to vengeance.

To those who study these creatures, lamp blighters are evidence of the pliant nature of the fey and how they can be shaped by both their environment and their personalities.

Some such researchers go so far as to theorize that lamp blighters have internalized the corruption and change of certain declining civilized societies, a transformation that mirrors the physical and mental shift from pixie to lamp blighter.

Loathing of Light. In a lamp blighter’s mind, nothing symbolizes the crushing pressure of civilization like fixed points of light. The stars glittering in the heavens, the glowing pulse of a firefly, and even forest fires brought about by lightning strikes—these are all in motion in accordance with some natural order. Torches fitted to walls, posts with continual flame cast upon them, and hanging lanterns, however, represent to lamp blighters the contrived attempts of civilization to control nature and to bring the assumed safety of light to all places at all times. By their own twisted logic, lamp blighters believe that by terrifying their enemies by extinguishing their lights and plucking out their eyes, they give their victims just what they think they desire: a world of perfect, orderly nothingness.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

The Dragon’s Hoard #16 © 2021, Legendary Games; Authors Jason Nelson, Miguel Colon, Robert J. Grady, Michael “solomani” Mifsud, Dan Dillon, Matt Kimmel, Scott D. Young, and James-Levi Cooke

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