Skein Witch

Medium celestial, neutral

Armor Class 20 (natural armor)
Hit Points 162 (25d8 +50)
Speed 30 ft., fly 30 ft.

6 (-2) 12 (+1) 14 (+2) 16 (+3) 20 (+5) 20 (+5)

Saving Throws Int +7, Wis +9, Cha +9
Skills History +7, Insight +13, Perception +13
Damage Resistances radiant
Damage Immunities fire, lightning, psychic
Senses truesight 60 ft., passive Perception 23
Languages Celestial, telepathy 120 ft.
Challenge 12 (8,400 XP)
Proficiency Bonus +4


  • Fate’s Resistance (3/Day). If the skein witch fails a saving throw, it can choose to succeed instead.
  • Magic Resistance. The skein witch has advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical effects.


  • Multiattack. The skein witch makes three Inexorable Thread attacks. If two Inexorable Thread attacks hit one creature, the target must succeed on a DC 17 Constitution saving throw or have disadvantage on the next death saving throw it makes before it finishes a short rest. If a creature fails this saving throw multiple times, these effects are cumulative, affecting up to three of the creature’s next death saving throws before it finishes a short rest.
  • Inexorable Thread. Melee or Ranged Spell Attack: +9 to hit, reach 5 ft. or range 60 ft., one creature. Hit: 27 (5d8 + 5) radiant damage.
  • Destiny Distortion Wave (Recharge 5–6). The skein witch frays the strands of fate in a 60-foot cone. Each creature in the area must make a DC 17 Wisdom saving throw, taking 55 (10d10) force damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one. If any creature that failed the saving throw is affected by a condition, such as incapacitated or poisoned, those conditions are randomly redistributed among all the creatures that failed the saving throw.
  • Bind Fates (1/Day). One creature within 60 feet of the skein witch must succeed on a DC 17 Wisdom saving throw or the target’s fate is bound to one of its ally’s (chosen at random). Any damage or condition the target suffers is inflicted on the individual to which they are bound instead, and vice versa. A creature can be bound to only one other creature at a time. This binding lasts until lifted by a heal or heroes’ feast spell or similar magic.


  • Fate’s Step. The skein witch teleports, along with any equipment it is wearing or carrying, up to 30 feet to an unoccupied space it can see. A tiny hourglass shatters into a swirl of sand at the origin and destination when it uses this bonus action.


  • Parry Spell. If the skein witch succeeds on a saving throw against a spell of 4th level or lower that targets only the skein witch, the spell has no effect. If the skein witch succeeds on the saving throw by 5 or more, the spell is reflected back at the spellcaster, using the slot level, spell save DC, attack bonus, and spellcasting ability of the caster.


The androgynous humanoid appears mummified in writhing, diamond thread. Its skin is translucent, and dozens of quivering hourglasses sit suspended inside its body in place of organs.

Shepherd Destiny. Skein witches are curators of destiny and enforcers of what must be. They voyage across the planes, weaving the strands of fate at the behest of their goddess creator. Although they carry out their charge without regard to petty mortal concerns, they can be persuaded to bend fate for powerful petitioners whose interests align with those of their goddess.

Surrounded by Guardians. Despite their supernatural abilities, a skein witch’s physical body is frail. Because of that, they tend to surround themselves with undead, constructs, or other brutish, soulless guardians cut free from the thread of fate.

Fear of Cards. If a deck of many things is brought close to a skein witch, the witch emits a psychic wail and disintegrates.

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