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Sea Serpent, Shipbreaker

Gargantuan dragon, chaotic neutral

Armor Class 19 (natural armor)
Hit Points 663 (34d20 + 306)
Speed 20 ft., swim 60 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
30 (+10) 10 (+0) 29 (+9) 11 (+0) 17 (+3) 11 (+0)

Saving Throws Strength +19 Dexterity +9, Constitution +18, Wisdom +12
Damage Immunities cold, poison; bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing from nonmagical weapons.
Condition Immunities frightened, paralyzed, poisoned, restrained Skills Perception +22, Stealth +18
Senses blindsight 120 ft., darkvision 120 ft., passive Perception 22
Languages Deep Speech, Draconic
Challenge 30 (155,000 XP)

Special Traits

  • Amphibious. The sea serpent can breathe air and water.
  • Keen Scent. This sea serpent can notice creatures by scent in a 180-foot radius underwater and can detect blood in the water at a range of up to a mile.
  • Legendary Resistance (3/day). If the sea serpent fails a saving throw, it can choose to succeed instead.
  • Siege Monster. The sea serpent deals double damage to objects and structures

Actions

  • Multiattack. The sea serpent can use its frightful presence and make two attacks: one with its bite and one with its tail.
  • Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +19 to hit, reach 20 ft., one target. Hit: 45 (10d6 + 10) piercing damage and 28 (8d6) poison damage.
  • Ram. Melee Weapon Attack: +19 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 65 (10d10 + 10) bludgeoning damage.
  • Tail. Melee Weapon Attack: +19 to hit, reach 30 ft., one target. Hit: 37 (6d8 + 10) bludgeoning damage.
  • Frightful Presence. Each creature of the sea serpent’s choice that is within 120 feet of the sea serpent and aware of it must succeed on a DC 23 Wisdom saving throw or become frightened for 1 minute. A creature can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on itself on a success. If a creature’s saving throw is successful or the effect ends for it, the creature is immune to the sea serpent’s Frightful Presence for the next 24 hours.
  • Capsize. If the sea serpent moves at least 30 feet straight toward a watercraft (boat, ship, ferry, etc.) and then hits it with a ram attack on the same turn, there is a chance that it will capsize. All occupants of the watercraft must make Dexterity saving throw when the craft is rammed (see below). To determine if the watercraft capsizes, consult the following table:
Size Outcome
Small The craft is destroyed, all on board must make a successful DC 23 Dexterity saving throw to avoid being stunned. On a failed save, passengers each take 65 (10d10 + 10) bludgeoning damage, are trapped in the wreckage, and are stunned for 1 minute, or half as much on a successful save and are thrown clear of the wreckage.
Medium The craft must make a generic DC 20 saving throw to avoid being destroyed. If the craft fails the save by 5 or more, it capsizes and all on board must make a DC 18 Dexterity saving throw to avoid being pulled under with the ship. If the save is successful, the ship takes 120 (20d10 + 10) damage and those on board must make a successful DC 17 Dexterity saving throw. On a failed save, the passenger takes 48 (7d10 + 10) bludgeoning damage and is knocked prone (or overboard if they are near the ship’s edge), or half as much without being knocked prone on a success.
Large The craft must make a generic DC 18 saving throw to avoid being capsized. If it fails the save by 5 or more, the ship capsizes and all on board must make a DC 16 Dexterity saving throw to avoid being pulled under with the ship. If the save is successful, the ship takes 103 (17d10 + 10) damage and those on board must make a DC 14 Dexterity saving throw. On a failed save, the passenger takes 37 (5d10 + 10) bludgeoning damage and is knocked prone (or overboard if they are near the ship’s edge), or half as much without being knocked prone on a success.
Huge The craft must make a generic DC 16 saving throw to avoid being capsized. If it fails the save by 5 or more, the ship capsizes and all on board must make a DC 15 Dexterity saving throw to avoid being pulled under with the ship. If the save is successful, the ship takes 81 (13d10 + 10) damage and those on board must make a DC 12 Dexterity saving throw. On a failed save, the passenger takes 26 (3d10 + 10) bludgeoning damage and is knocked prone (or overboard if they are near the ship’s edge), or half as much without being knocked prone on a success.
Gargantuan The craft must make a generic DC 14 saving throw to avoid being capsized. If it fails the save by 5 or more, the ship capsizes and all on board must make a DC 13 Dexterity saving throw to avoid being pulled under with the ship. If the save is successful, the ship takes 65 (10d10 + 10) damage and those on board must make a DC 10 Dexterity saving throw. On a failed save, the passenger takes 15 (1d10 + 10) bludgeoning damage and is knocked prone (or overboard if they are near the ship’s edge), or half as much without being knocked prone on a success.

Legendary Actions

The sea serpent can take 3 legendary actions, choosing from the options below. Only one legendary action can be used at a time and only at the end of another creature’s turn. The sea serpent regains spent legendary actions at the start of its turn.

  • Detect. The sea serpent makes a Wisdom (Perception) check.
  • Tail Attack. The sea serpent makes a tail attack.
  • Breach (Costs 3 Actions). The sea serpent dives deep below the surface of the water then swims rapidly upward, propelling itself out of the water, often clearing the surface, before violently slamming into the surface with great force. Each creature within 60 feet of the sea serpent must succeed on a DC 23 Dexterity saving or take 27 (5d10) bludgeoning damage and be knocked prone.

About

This devastating serpent is over 120 feet long and 15 feet thick. Its body scales are dark gray-brown, festooned with barnacles, seaweed, and other sea life. Its maw is the size of a large wagon, with teeth the size of greatswords.

The legendary shipbreaker is thought to be the largest of the sea serpents, a true behemoth that rules the seas. It is a fearless hunter that enjoys attacking the largest seagoing vessels and crushing them in its mighty coils. It is believed by many sailors and seafarers that the shipbreaker is a unique creature (i.e., that only one of these mighty beasts exists), and apparently (and thankfully) it seems to spend most of its time hibernating.

A shipbreaker attacks ships and huge-sized creatures as its primary prey. It ignores smaller creatures except as snacks, or if directly threatened by one. Its favorite tactic is to ambush a ship or approach it at speed, then wrap it in its coils and crush it. It then feasts on the sailors in the water at its leisure. The shipbreaker is most often sighted deep at sea, usually just before it approaches and breaks up a naval vessel into kindling.

It is unknown what language the shipbreaker speaks or understands, if any, since none have ever reported successfully speaking with it. A shipbreaker’s broad flat flippers allow it to slowly propel itself onto and across dry land.

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