NPC, Elite Guardsman

Medium humanoid (human), any alignment (usually lawful neutral)

Armor Class 17 (scale mail, shield)
Hit Points 19 (3d8+6)
Speed 30 ft.

15 (+2) 13 (+1) 14 (+2) 10 (+0) 10 (+0) 10 (+0)

Saving Throws Strength +4, Constitution +4
Skills Athletics +4, Intimidation +2, Perception +2
Tool Proficiencies Land Vehicles
Senses passive Perception 12
Languages Aigyptian
Challenge 2 (450 XP)


  • Action Surge (Short or Long Rest). On its turn, an Elite Guardsman can take an additional action on top of its regular action and a possible bonus action.
  • Duelist. When an Elite Guardsman is wielding a melee weapon in one hand and no other weapons, it gains a +2 bonus to damage rolls with that weapon.
  • Improved Critical. An Elite Guardsman scores a critical hit on a roll of 19 or 20.
  • Second Wind (Short or Long Rest). On its turn, an Elite Guardsman can use a bonus action to regain 1d10+3 hit points.


  • Khopesh (Longsword). Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one creature. Hit: 6 (1d8+2) slashing damage.
  • Dagger. Melee or Ranged Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft. or range 20/60 ft., one creature. Hit: 4 (1d4+2) piercing damage.


Elite Archers and Guardsmen are experienced and highly-trained soldiers who serve as troops for nobles, priests, and other important people or places. If encountered on the road they will usually be accompanying such people on some official business and alert for danger to them.

Elite troops of this sort will generally wear the livery of whatever temple, aristocrat, or other entity they serve, and will typically be equipped with the heaviest armor they can manage and that their employers can afford, scale mail being the norm. They might be armed with any sort of weapons, the classic Aigyptian khopesh sword or a heavy warbow being typical, but might also carry other appropriate arms (e.g., picks by those dedicated to service of the earth deity Geb, as shown here).

While elite soldiers are not fanatics, they are almost always very steady in their loyalty to those they serve and are not easily swayed from it.

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