Skotogelia

Tiny fey, neutral

Armor Class 14
Hit Points 60 (11d4 + 33)
Speed 0 ft., fly 30 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
15 (+2) 18 (+4) 16 (+3) 19 (+4) 14 (+2) 13 (+1)

Skills Arcana +6, Nature +6, Religion +6, Stealth +6
Damage Resistances acid, cold, fire, lightning, necrotic, poison, thunder; bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing from nonmagical attacks
Condition Immunities grappled, petrified, restrained
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 12
Languages Common, Sylvan
Challenge 4 (1,100 XP)
Proficiency Bonus +2

SPECIAL TRAITS

  • Incorporeal Movement. While incorporeal, the skotogelia can move through other creatures and objects as if they were difficult terrain. It takes 5 (1d10) force damage if it ends its turn inside an object.
  • Solidifying Light. The skotogelia is incorporeal as long as it remains in an area of dim light or darkness. While it is in an area of bright illumination, the skotogelia snaps into focus and loses its Incorporeal Movement trait, damage resistances, and condition immunities. The skotogealia becomes incorporeal again once it returns to an area of dim light or darkness.
  • Spellcasting. The skotogelia is a 4th-level spellcaster. Its spellcasting ability is Intelligence (spell save DC 14, +6 to hit with spell attacks). It has the following wizard spells prepared, which it can cast without material components:

ACTIONS

  • Multiattack. The skotogelia makes two melee attacks.
  • Shadow Fist. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 11 (2d6 + 4) necrotic damage.
  • Shadowy Smear. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: The target is blinded until the end of its next turn.

ABOUT

Though skotogelias are best known for their sheer studiousness and peaceful bookkeeping, there is no quicker way to rouse a skotogelia’s ire than by threatening the library in which they dwell. If the safety of its research is compromised, a skotogelia will stop at little-risking life itself, if need be-to protect its domain.

Skotogelias are wispy, wraith-like humanoids who originate from rare regions of the fey realm that somehow mix and mingle with the Plane of Shadow. They are most often encountered in libraries, academies, and other places of higher learning, where they are understandably mistaken at first glance for violent ghosts or other spirits. To the contrary, skotogelias are peaceful and bookish researchers who are only too happy to help a fellow lover of knowledge or bibliophile.

Skotogelias eschew the capricious and oft-frivolous lifestyles of most of their fey brethren, instead single-mindedly focusing their efforts on researching and preserving lore about a particular area of study. They follow, examine, and catalog everything they can about their subject of choice. To organize and preserve their research, skotogelias maintain vast libraries in the fey realm using a magical umbral script scrawled in the shadows of the ever-shifting towering trees, rolling hills, and spinning lakes of their native plane. Of course, skotogelias recognize that not every creature is fluent in their incredibly complex written language. So they often make copies of their findings in more common tongues, then disperse such scrolls and tomes by leaving them in the nooks and crannies of libraries all over the Material Plane.

Skotogelias do realize that some knowledge is best kept under wraps or at least not freely dispersed. If a book or resource seems particularly dangerous, a skotogelia is apt to secret it somewhere on the fey realm, logging the forbidden lore’s exact location only in the fortified lockbox of the skotogelia’s own mind. Wily skotogelias have, however, been known to occasionally leave clues or tracks to such dangerous documents in places where a skilled and knowledgeable creature might be able to find them; such trails of clues are the skotogelia’s test to determine if a being is worthy of bearing such powerful knowledge.

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