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Yohualtepoztli

Large construct, unaligned

Armor Class 14 natural armor
Hit Points 76 (8d10+32)
Speed 35 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
17 (+3) 12 (+1) 19 (+4) 5 (-3) 11 (+0) 7 (-2)

Damage Vulnerabilities fire
Damage Immunities poison
Condition Immunities charmed, exhaustion, frightened, paralyzed, petrified, poisoned
Senses tremorsense 60 ft., passive Perception 10
Languages
Challenge 3 (700 XP)

SPECIAL TRAITS

  • Cursed Wake. A humanoid creature that hears the approach of the yohualtepoztli but does not move to confront it must make a DC 13 Wisdom saving throw. On a failure, that humanoid creature is affected as if by the bane spell for the next week, or until a remove curse is cast upon them.
  • Heart of Courage. The yohualtepoztli has a heart in its chest cavity that is loosely covered by two door like flaps. A creature can attempt to grab the heart, first by making a DC 13 Wisdom saving throw. On a success, the creature can attempt to grab the heart with a DC 13 Strength check. On a failure, the creature is frightened and must use their reaction to move up to their walking speed away from the yohualtepoztli. Once the heart is held, the yohualtepoztli disappears, and leaves 1d4 palm sized thorns. Each thorn is a common magical item called the thorn of courage (see below).
  • Immutable Form. The yohualtepoztli is immune to any spell or effect that would alter its form.
  • Unusual Nature. The yohuualtepoztli doesn’t require air, food, drink, or sleep.

ACTIONS

  • Multiattack. The yohualtepoztli makes two slam attacks.
  • Slam. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 11 (2d6 + 4) bludgeoning damage.

ABOUT

The spirits of the wilderness rankle at the presence of humanoids, and often seek to tempt or test them. The yohualtepoztli is one such test. It appears from nowhere, looking like a large but headless wooden humanoid with a lidded chest cavity that contains a soft beating heart. The yohualtepoztli wanders into villages at night, creating a rather loud cacophony as its chest lids bang open and closed with each step, daring all to grab its heart. It is so loud that none can sleep through the noise. Those who fail to at least approach the creature are cursed for one week. Those who succeed at its challenge are able to gain a gift from the spirits. As tempting as the gift is there is always a chance that the yohualtepoztli beats and kills those that approach. No test is without its risks.

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The Dragon’s Hoard #11 © 2021, Legendary Games; Authors Jason Nelson, Miguel Colon, Robert J. Grady, Michael “solomani” Mifsud, Matt Kimmel, Scott D. Young, Mark Hart, and Thurston Hillman.