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Adaro

Medium monstrosity, neutral evil

Armor Class 14 (natural armor)
Hit Points 30 (4d10+8)
Speed 10 ft., swim 50 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
15 (+2) 15 (+2) 14 (+2) 10 (+0) 13 (+1) 13 (+1)

Skills Perception +3, Stealth +4
Senses blindsense 30 ft., darkvision 60 ft.; passive Perception 13
Languages Aquan, Common
Challenge 1/2 (100 XP)

Special Traits

  • Poison Use. Adaros favor a paralytic toxin secreted by the flying nettlefin pufferfish—a sticky venom that doesn’t wash away in water.
  • Rain Frenzy. Adaros revere storms, and their lust for blood is amplified exponentially while it is raining. While fighting in the rain or during other stormy weather, adaros have advantage on Strength saving throws and saving throws against being frightened. In such conditions, at the start of its turn, the adaro can gain advantage on all melee weapon attack rolls during that turn, but attack rolls against it have advantage until the start of its next turn. An adaro gains this benefit even if it is underwater, but only as long as it remains within one turn away from the water’s surface (50 feet for most adaros).
  • Speak with Sharks. An adaro can communicate telepathically with sharks to a distance of 100 feet. This communication is limited to simple concepts, such as “come,” “defend,” or “attack.”

Actions

  • Multiattack. The adaro makes two spear attacks. It may substitute a bite for one spear attack.
  • Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 5 (1d6 + 2) piercing damage.
  • Spear. Melee or Ranged Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft. or range 20/60 ft., one target. Hit: 5 (1d6 + 2) piercing damage, or 6 (1d8 + 2) piercing damage if used with two hands to make a melee attack, and the target must succeed on a DC 13 Constitution saving throw or be poisoned for 1 minute. The poisoned creature is paralyzed. The creature can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on itself on a success.

About

Malevolent denizens of the waters, adaros are among the fiercest sentient hunters of the tropical seas. They are known and feared by sailors on many exotic shores, as well as by common folk who just happen to live near the ocean. Many have witnessed a fellow sailor or fisher suddenly go rigid, a poisoned spear jutting from his guts, only to fall into the water and be taken by the vicious adaro responsible for the assault.

Ripjaw. Strictly carnivorous, adaros feed upon their victims almost immediately after slaying them. Their brutally sharp teeth cut through bone almost as easily as through flesh, and their powerful digestive systems are capable of handling most organic matter. Adaros usually eat once every couple of days, gorging on meals half their weight.

Stormchasers. Adaros’ strange relationship with storms has intrigued scholars for centuries. These sea-dwellers have a special connection to the deadly creatures of the water and the wildness of foul weather, and it is no coincidence that they attack humanoids more often during rough seas. Adaros are semi-nomadic by nature; a tribe travels until it finds a suitable hunting ground, and leaves either when its presence becomes too well known or when its game runs low.

An adaro is 7-1/2 feet long and weighs 250 pounds.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

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