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Zuvembie

Medium undead, neutral evil

Armor Class 15 (rusted armor)
Hit Points 136 (21d8+42)
Speed 30 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
13 (+1) 14 (+2) 14 (+2) 18 (+4) 14 (+2) 17 (+3)

Saving Throws Cha +6, Int +7
Skills Arcana +10, Stealth +5
Damage Immunities poison
Condition Immunities exhaustion, poisoned
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 12
Languages Common (can’t speak)
Challenge 5 (1,800 XP)

SPECIAL TRAITS

ACTIONS

  • Multiattack. The zuvembie makes two attacks: one with its axe and one with its claw.
  • Axe. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 6 (1d10+1) slashing damage.
  • Claw. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 6 (1d10+1) slashing damage plus 21 (6d6) necrotic damage.
  • Corpse Call. Zuvembies cannot speak, but their strange calls and whistles captivate the minds of those who hear them. Every living creature within 100 ft. of the zuvembie that can hear the call must succeed on a DC 15 Wisdom saving throw or be charmed until the call ends. The zuvembie must take a bonus action on its subsequent turns to continue calling creatures. It can stop the call at any time. The call ends if the zuvembie is incapacitated. While charmed by the zuvembie, a target is incapacitated and ignores the call of other zuvembies. If the charmed target is more than 5 ft. away from the zuvembie, it must move on its turn toward the zuvembie by the most direct route. It doesn’t avoid Opportunity Attacks, but before moving into damaging terrain, such as lava or a pit, and whenever it takes damage from a source other than the zuvembie, a target can repeat the saving throw. A creature can also repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns. If a creature’s saving throw is successful, the effect ends on it. A target that successfully saves is immune to this zuvembie’s call for the next 24 hours.

ABOUT

Tied to the dark forces of nature and unholy magic, zuvembies employ fear and the wild creatures of the land to take their vengeance upon the living. Zuvembies appear to be withered, animate corpses but possess ruthless minds and blasphemous vigor. Revenge fuels a zuvembie, a hatefulness directed toward those who wronged it in life. Yet even when the last one who maligned it lies dead, its rage remains, turning against all who live, especially the relatives of the target of its original hate.

Most zuvembies willingly performed the vile rituals to attain vengeance through unlife, but the transformation can also be wrought upon a helpless victim.

Section 15: Copyright Notice
The Dragon’s Hoard #7 © 2021, Legendary Games; Authors Jason Nelson, Miguel Colon, Robert J. Grady, Michael “solomani” Mifsud, Matt Kimmel, Scott D. Young, Mark Hart, and Jeff Ibach.