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Tarikhosphinx

Large undead, lawful evil

Armor Class 17 (natural armor)
Hit Points 189 (18d10 + 90)
Speed 30 ft., fly 40 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
20 (+5) 10 (+0) 20 (+5) 19 (+4) 18 (+4) 19 (+4)

Skills Arcana +9, Perception +9, Religion +9
Damage Vulnerabilities fire
Damage Immunities psychic, necrotic, poison; bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing from nonmagical attacks
Condition Immunities charmed, exhaustion, frightened, paralyzed, poisoned
Senses truesight 120 ft., passive Perception 19
Languages Common, Sphinx
Challenge 16 (15,000 XP)

Special Traits

  • Inscrutable. The tarikhosphinx is immune to any effect that would sense its emotions or read its thoughts, as well as any divination spell that it refuses. Wisdom (Insight) checks made to ascertain the tarikhosphinx’s intentions or sincerity have disadvantage.
  • Magic Weapons. The tarikhosphinx’s weapon attacks are magical.
  • Rejuvenation. A destroyed tarikhosphinx gains a new body in 24 hours, if its heart is intact, regaining all its hit points and becoming active again. The new body appears within 5 feet of the tarikhosphinx’s heart.
  • Cleric Spellcasting (Androsphinx Only). If the tarikhosphinx was an androsphinx in life, it is an 11th level spellcaster. Its spellcasting ability is Wisdom (spell save DC 18, +10 to hit with spell attacks). It requires no material components to cast its spells. The tarikhosphinx has the following cleric spells prepared:
  • Wizard Spellcasting (Gynosphinx Only). If the tarikhosphinx was a gynosphinx in life, it is an 11th level spellcaster. Its spellcasting ability is Intelligence (spell save DC 18, +10 to hit with spell attacks). It requires no material components to cast its spells. The tarikhosphinx has the following cleric spells prepared:
  • Actions

    • Multiattack. The tarikhosphinx can use its Dreadful Glare. It then makes two attacks with its Cursed Claws.
    • Cursed Claws. Melee Weapon Attack: +11 to hit, reach 5 ft., one creature. Hit: 14 (2d8 + 5) piercing damage, plus 14 (4d6) necrotic damage. If the target is a creature, it must succeed on a DC 19 Constitution saving throw, or be cursed with mummy rot (p.86).
    • Dreadful Glare. The tarikhosphinx targets one creature it can see within 60 feet of it. If the target can see the tarikhosphinx, it must succeed on a DC 18 Wisdom saving throw against this magic, or become frightened until the end of the tarikhosphinx’s next turn. If the target fails the saving throw by 5 or more, it is also paralyzed for the same duration. A target that succeeds on the saving throw is immune to the Dreadful Glare of all mummies with a challenge rating of 16 or less for the next 24 hours.
    • Scarab Squall (Recharge 5-6). The tarikhosphinx exhales a swarm of undead scarabs, which rend the flesh of creatures in a 40 foot cone and then quickly die as the fleeting necrotic energy that animates them subsides. Creatures in the area must make a DC 19 Dexterity saving throw, taking 42 (12d6) piercing damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one.

    Legendary Actions

    The tarikhosphinx can take 3 legendary actions, choosing from the options below. Only one legendary action option can be used at a time, and only at the end of another creature’s turn.

    The tarikhosphinx regains spent legendary actions at the start of its turn.

    • Cantrip. The tarikhosphinx casts a cantrip.
    • Teleport (Costs 2 Actions). The tarikhosphinx magically teleports, along with any equipment it is wearing or carrying, up to 120 feet to an unoccupied space it can see.
    • Cast a Spell (Costs 3 Actions). The tarikhosphinx casts a spell from its list of prepared spells, using a spell slot as normal.

    The tarikhosphinx is one of the most powerful tomb guardians, and a rare one, a sphinx in life being no easy thing to overpower, subdue, and embalm. After death, its loyalties lie with the mummy lord whom it guards, rather than the gods. While it may still set challenges and ask riddles, as it did as a bold androsphinx or wily gynosphinx in life, this habit is more for its own amusement. Whatever it was in life, a tarikhosphinx will rarely honor deals or promises made on the grounds of a challenge or riddle contest.

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