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Carrion Moth

Large aberration, neutral

Armor Class 14
Hit Points 104 (11d10 + 44)
Speed 30 ft., climb 15 ft., fly 60 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
16 (+3) 18 (+4) 18 (+4) 6 (–2) 15 (+2) 6 (–2)

Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 12
Languages
Challenge 5 (1,800 XP)

Special Traits

  • Death Throes. When the carrion moth reaches 0 hit points, it splits open and a gas spews forth in a 10-foot radius. All creatures in the area except for other carrion moths must succeed on a DC 15 Constitution saving throw or be poisoned for 1 minute. A poisoned creature can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on a success.
  • Drone. A creature who begins its turn within 60 feet of the carrion moth must succeed on a DC 15 Wisdom saving throw or be incapacitated until the beginning of its next turn. If a creature succeeds on the saving throw, or the condition ends on it, it is immune to the moth’s drone for 24 hours.

Actions

  • Multiattack. The carrion moth makes one bite attack and two tentacles attacks.
  • Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 13 (2d8 + 4) piercing damage.
  • Tentacles. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 14 (2d10 + 3) bludgeoning damage, and the target must succeed on a DC 15 Constitution saving throw or be poisoned for 1 minute. While poisoned, the target is paralyzed. A poisoned creature can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on a successful one.

About

This creature resembles a giant-sized moth with long, beautiful wings covered in rippling patterns resembling skulls. Its head is rather centipede-like and four long tentacles surround its mouth. Its mouth has a single pair of needlelike mandibles.

The carrion moth is believed by sages to be an advanced form of a slime crawler. Just as the caterpillar grows into a moth, sages believe the mature slime crawler eventually sheds its form and transforms into the carrion moth. No cocoon or evidence has been found to support this theory, but it is widely accepted among the more learned sages of the world.

The carrion moth is a large moth-like creature growing to a maximum length of 20 feet. Its wings are lined with tiny holes and veins that allow the carrion moth to emit a whining drone that affects all creatures that hear it. Carrion moths are attracted to the stench of decaying flesh and the light of anything larger than a torch or lantern.

A carrion moth attacks by biting with its mandibles and slapping with its tentacles. Paralyzed creatures are carried off and devoured.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Tome of Horrors © 2018, Frog God Games, LLC; Authors: Kevin Baase, Erica Balsley, John “Pexx” Barnhouse, Christopher Bishop, Casey Christofferson, Jim Collura, Andrea Costantini, Jayson ‘Rocky’ Gardner, Zach Glazar, Meghan Greene, Scott Greene, Lance Hawvermale, Travis Hawvermale, Ian S. Johnston, Bill Kenower, Patrick Lawinger, Rhiannon Louve, Ian McGarty, Edwin Nagy, James Patterson, Nathan Paul, Patrick N. Pilgrim, Clark Peterson, Anthony Pryor, Greg Ragland, Robert Schwalb, G. Scott Swift, Greg A. Vaughan, and Bill Webb