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Shambling Fragment

Small undead, neutral evil

Armor Class 7
Hit Points 16 (3d6 + 6)
Speed 20 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
11 (+0) 5 (–3) 14 (+2) 2 (–4) 5 (–3) 3 (–4)

Damage Immunities poison
Condition Immunities exhaustion, poisoned
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 7
Languages understands the languages it knew in life but can’t speak
Challenge 1/8 (25 XP)

SPECIAL TRAITS

  • Swarming Attack. The fragment has advantage on an attack roll against a creature if at least one of the fragment’s allies is within 5 feet of the creature and the ally isn’t incapacitated.
  • Undead Fortitude. If damage reduces the fragment to 0 hit points, it is entitled to make a Constitution saving throw with a DC of 5 + the damage taken, unless the damage is radiant or from a critical hit. On a success, the fragment drops to 1 hit point instead.

ACTIONS

  • Slam. Melee Weapon Attack: +2 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 2 (1d4) bludgeoning damage and 1 necrotic damage.

ABOUT

The fiends of the Underhell, in their endless depravity, find great enjoyment in tearing mortals limb from limb or severely mutilating their bodies, before or after death. Although these remnants are not complete corpses, the energies of the Underhell can still animate extremely damaged corpses, partial torsos, individual limbs, and other body parts to seek out others to tear apart as well, seemingly guided by some unnatural force. These remnants given undeath are known as “shambling fragments,” after the discordant movement of their incomplete bodies.

Dozens of shambling fragments can rise from a single corpse, even if left intact. While a single shambler is rarely a danger, multiple shamblers can quickly overwhelm anyone caught unawares. A shambler is suffused with the energies of the Underhell, constantly radiating these same energies. Anyone struck by a shambler risks some of this energy entering their own body, increasing the risk of rising as undead themselves if killed, either under the assault of the shambler or even at a later date.

This mutilated corpse retains enough of its original form to continue moving about. It lumbers about with the use of its remaining extremities.

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