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Demon Lord, Sonechard, General of Orcus

Large fiend (demon), chaotic evil

Armor Class 19
Hit Points 336 (32d10 + 160)
Speed 40 ft., fly 80 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
22 (+6) 18 (+4) 21 (+5) 19 (+4) 16 (+3) 20 (+5)

Saving Throws Strength +12, Dexterity +10, Constitution +11, Wisdom +9
Skills Arcana +10, Athletics +12, Nature +10, Perception +15, Religion +10
Damage Resistances acid, cold, fire
Damage Immunities lightning, poison; bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing from nonmagical weapons
Condition Immunities charmed, exhaustion, frightened, poisoned
Senses truesight 120 ft., passive Perception 25
Languages Abyssal, Celestial, Common, Draconic, Giant, Goblin, Ignan, Infernal, Terran; telepathy 120 ft.
Challenge 20 (25,000 XP)

Special Traits

  • Special Equipment. Sonechard carries the war pick Fool’s Errand.
  • Aggressive. As a bonus action, Sonechard can move up to its speed toward a hostile creature that it can see.
  • Innate Spellcasting. Sonechard’s innate spellcasting ability is Charisma (spell save DC 19, +11 to hit with spell attacks). It can cast the following spells, requiring no material components.
  • Legendary Resistance (3/day). If Sonechard fails a saving throw, it can choose to succeed instead.
  • Magic Resistance. Sonechard has advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical effects.
  • Magic Weapons. Sonechard’s weapon attacks are magical.
  • Stench. Any creature that starts its turn within 10 feet of Sonechard must succeed on a DC 19 Constitution saving throw or be poisoned until the start of its next turn. On a successful saving throw, the creature is immune to Sonechard’s Stench for 24 hours.
  • Unholy Aura. An unholy aura surrounds Sonechard out to a radius of 40 feet. A creature who enters or begins its turn in the area must make a DC 19 Wisdom saving throw. On a failed saving throw, the target is frightened for 1 minute. While frightened, it is paralyzed. A frightened target can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on a success.
  • Undead Master. When Sonechard casts animate dead or create undead, it creates twice the amount of undead with each casting.

Actions

  • Multiattack. Sonechard makes two attacks with Fool’s Errand, one claw attack, and one head butt, or two claw attacks and one head butt.
  • Fool’s Errand. Melee Weapon Attack: +15 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 18 (2d8 + 9) piercing damage plus 10 (3d6) necrotic damage.
  • Claw. Melee Weapon Attack: +12 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 13 (2d6 + 6) slashing damage.
  • Head butt. Melee Weapon Attack: +12 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 13 (2d6 + 6) bludgeoning damage, and the target must succeed on a DC 20 Constitution saving throw or be stunned until the end of its next turn.
  • Control Undead. Sonechard chooses one undead creature not already under its control that it can see within 120 feet of it. That creature, or the creature that controls it, must make a DC 19 Wisdom saving throw. On a failed saving throw, the undead falls under Sonechard’s control and obeys its every command.
  • Undead Awareness. Whenever an undead is created or enters within 1 mile of Sonechard’s lair, Sonechard is aware of the creature’s presence and location.

Bonus Actions

  • Command Undead. Sonechard gives telepathic commands to any undead it controls unless they are on another plane of existence. It can command them to take specific actions, such as “attack those creatures” or general instructions “guard this passageway.”

Legendary Actions

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

  • Head Butt. Sonechard uses its head butt attack.
  • Command Undead. Sonechard can command one undead Sonechard controls to use its reaction to move its speed, or make a melee or ranged attack.
  • Animate Dead (Costs 2 Actions). Sonechard animates one corpse within 120 feet of it as a zombie.

Lair Actions

On initiative count 20 (losing initiative ties), Sonechard can take a lair action to cause one of the following effects; Sonechard can’t use the same effect two rounds in a row:

  • Heal Undead. Sonechard sends necrotic energy coursing through his lair. Up to six undead under his command regain 19 (4d6 + 5) hit points each. Sonechard does not need to see these undead in order to grant them this boon.
  • Raise Dead. Sonechard chooses one slain creature and causes the creature’s soul to rise as a specter under its control.
  • Fearsome Show. Sonechard causes the many corpses within its lair to animate briefly and babble the horrific tales of their deaths. Creatures within its lair that are not constructs or undead must make a DC 20 Wisdom saving throw. On a failed saving throw, those creatures are frightened for 1 minute. While frightened, those creatures must attempt to flee the lair, Dashing where possible. If a creature is trapped or cannot move, they can take the Dodge action instead. A frightened creature can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on a success. If the saving throw is successful, or if the effect ends on it, that creature is immune to this effect for 24 hours.

Regional Effects

The region containing Sonechard’s lair is warped by its magic, creating one or more of the following effects:

  • Undead Walking. Slain creatures sometimes rise as skeletons or zombies, abhorred mockeries of their former states. 
  • Nightmares. Unpleasant dreams wrack those who rest within 6 miles of Sonechard’s lair. If Sonechard dies, the effects fade immediately, but animated undead remain until destroyed.

About

This ram-headed humanoid appears to be at least as twice as tall as a human and has leathery gray skin. Large, curved horns — the left one broken off midway from its starting point — jut from his head. Two large bat-like wings spread from his shoulders. The creature’s body is covered with thick, dark hair. Portions of the hair are torn away in areas revealing masses of battle-born scars and damage.

Sonechard is a General in the infernal armies of Orcus and serves him — at least to all onlookers — with unswerving loyalty. He has countless numbers of demons and undead at his command. Though his true loyalty lies only to himself, he would never openly refuse a request by Orcus nor challenge his position as Prince of the Undead. Should the day come when Orcus weakens, Sonechard plans to be there to claim what he believes is rightfully his.

Sonechard makes his home in a large castle that sits atop a plateau of scorched earth surrounded by a moat of blood. The walls are constructed of bone and sinew, and it is said that the souls of those who cross him are entombed within.

Sonechard stands 14 feet tall and weighs about 3,500 pounds.

Sonechard is almost always encountered with a large number of demons or undead at his side. When he enters battle, he usually unleashes a fireball at his foes immediately, and then follows it up with a circle of death effect or a suggestion. Dying creatures are subjected to his death knell spell-like ability and then raised via animate dead.

Should Sonechard find himself on the losing end of a battle, he does not hesitate to retreat, covering his escape with summoned or created undead and demons. A defeat is not forgotten — or forgiven. He remembers his opponents and sends his troops to exterminate them at first chance, bringing their carcasses to his keep where he grinds their remains into a fine powder and gives it to his servants to be used to spice up the keep’s foodstuffs.

Fool’s Errand

Weapon (war pick), artifact (requires attunement)

Fool’s Errand is a macabre spectacle, wrought of a dark, unknown wood as hard as steel. The spike of the war pick is similarly unfinished and unpolished and glows dimly with dark energies. Blood and ichor constantly drip from the pick and seems to freeze and thaw continuously no matter what attempts are made to clean the weapon.

  • Attunement. To attune to Fools’ Errand, you must slay a celestial being of lawful good alignment.
  • Magic Weapon. You have a +3 bonus to attack and damage rolls made with Fool’s Errand. It also functions as a sword of wounding.
  • Unholy Smite. When you hit with Fools’ Errand, you deal an additional 3d6 necrotic damage on a hit, and a creature who takes this damage is poisoned for 1 minute. While poisoned, the creature has disadvantage on saving throws against your spells and other effects, and you have advantage on attack rolls with Fool’s Errand.
  • The Smell of Blood. While holding Fool’s Errand, you have advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks to notice hidden creatures.
  • Spellcasting. Fool’s Errand has 20 charges. You can use an action to cast one of the following spells using those charges: bestow curse (3 charges), blight (4 charges), circle of death (6 charges), or finger of death (7 charges). If you expend the last charge, you take 4d6 necrotic damage and regain a number of charges equal to the damage dealt, up to a maximum of 20. This damage cannot drop you below 1 hit point. Fool’s Errand recovers all lost charges each day at midnight.
  • Destruction. Fool’s Errand can only be destroyed by the ancient celestial Sonechard first killed to attune to the weapon. This creature must bath it in a holy water font specially crafted and blessed for the purpose.
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