Ancient Druidic Book

Wondrous item

Ancient Druidic symbols and text cover the thin, brittle pages of this leather-bound book.

A creature reading this book must succeed on a DC 15 Wisdom saving throw or be cursed to live their life as an undead creature. The curse can be lifted by a remove curse spell or similar magic.

The following changes apply while the curse remains:

  • In addition to your normal race, you add undead to your type. For example, undead (halfling), and are considered undead.
  • Decrease Intelligence by 4.
  • Decrease Wisdom by 4.
  • You understand all languages you knew in life but can’t speak.
  • Gain Undead Fortitude. If damage reduces the zombie to 0 hit points, it must make a Constitution saving throw with a DC of 5 + the damage taken, unless the damage is radiant or from a critical hit. On a success, the zombie drops to 1 hit point instead.
  • Gain the following Flaw. “I take the most direct route to my enemies. Tactics and obstacles do not matter.” On a successful saving throw, the reader is not cursed and may read the text. If they spend 24 hours over a period of 6 days or fewer, the reader’s Wisdom score increases by 1, to a maximum of 20.

The book can’t be used this way again for 50 years.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Potbellied Kobold’s Guide to Villains & Lairs Copyright 2022 Jeff Stevens Games LLC. Author Jeff C. Stevens

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