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Broodmother of Leng

Huge aberration, chaotic evil

Armor Class 17 (natural armor)
Hit Points 161 (17d12 + 51)
Speed 40 ft., climb 30 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
18 (+4) 14 (+2) 16 (+3) 17 (+3) 10 (+0) 10 (+0)

Saving Throws Dex +6, Con +9, Int +7
Skills Intimidation +4, Perception +4, Stealth +6
Damage Resistances bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing from nonmagical attacks
Damage Immunities poison
Condition Immunities charmed, poisoned, unconscious
Senses darkvision 240 ft., passive Perception 14
Languages Common, Void Speech
Challenge 11 (7,200 XP)

Special Traits

  • Brood Leader. Spiders of Leng and swarms of spiderlings have advantage on attack rolls against creatures within 30 feet of the broodmother who have attacked or damaged the broodmother within the last minute.
  • Eldritch Understanding. A broodmother of Leng can read and use any scroll.
  • Poisonous Blood. A creature that hits the broodmother with a melee attack while within 5 feet of her takes 7 (2d6) poison damage. The creature must succeed a DC 15 Dexterity saving throw or also be poisoned until the end of its next turn.
  • Innate Spellcasting. The broodmother of Leng’s innate spellcasting ability is Intelligence (spell save DC 15, +7 to hit with spell attacks). She can innately cast the following spells, requiring no material components:

Actions

  • Multiattack. The broodmother of Leng makes two claw attacks.
  • Claw. Melee Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 20 (3d10 + 4) slashing damage plus 9 (2d8) poison damage.
  • Spit Venom. Ranged Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, range 60 ft., one target. Hit: 20 (4d8 + 2) poison damage, and the target must succeed on a DC 15 Constitution saving throw or be poisoned and blinded until the end of its next turn.
  • Call Brood (1/Day). The broodmother spawns 2d4 swarms of spiderlings (treat as swarm of spiders). Alternatively, the broodmother can magically call 3d6 young spiders of Leng (treat as giant wolf spider) instead. The creatures arrive in 1d4 rounds, acting as allies of the broodmother and obeying her spoken commands. The creatures remain for 1 hour, until the broodmother dies, or until the broodmother dismisses them as a bonus action.

Reactions

  • Protect the Future. When a creature the broodmother can see attacks her, she can call on a spider of Leng within 5 feet of her to protect her. The spider of Leng becomes the target of the attack instead.

About

A bloated purple spider the size of a castle gate, covered in gold, jewels, and its chittering young, lumbers forward.

Deep in the bowels of the cursed land of Leng, the spiders of Leng vie for the gaze of the rare broodmothers.

War Upon the World. All spiders that reside in Leng hate humanoids with seething passion. Each broodmother looks upon her brood not as children, but as a personal army that shall one day wipe all humanoids from the face of the Material Plane.

Champion Suitors. Spiders of Leng often bring treasures or captives back to the broodmother’s cavern to prove their worth as a mate and help grow the broodmother’s army. If a spider’s campaign is deemed worthy, the spider is eaten, its life force and magical talents passing on to the next generation germinating within the broodmother. If a spider is unworthy, it is killed and dropped into the depths of the broodmother’s caverns.

Dangerous, Sparkling Caverns. The caverns of the broodmothers hold generations of treasures brought by their many suitors. Though broodmothers love their hoards, their love for themselves and their brood outweighs their ancient greed. Broodmothers often have a great many spiders of Leng protecting their caverns, usually offspring still too young to join the broodmother’s armies or suitors serving as guardians until the broodmother is ready to hatch another brood.

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Tome of Beasts 2. © 2020 Open Design LLC; Authors Wolfgang Baur, Celeste Conowitch, Darrin Drader, James Introcaso, Philip Larwood, Jeff Lee, Kelly Pawlik, Brian Suskind, Mike Welham.