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Orc, Ghost-Faced

Medium humanoid (ghost-faced orc), chaotic evil

Armor Class 12 (leather)
Hit Points 9 (2d8)
Speed 30 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
15 (+2) 12 (+1) 10 (+0) 7 (–2) 10 (+0) 6 (–2)

Skills Intimidation +0, Perception +2, Stealth +3 (+5 in dim light or darkness)
Senses darkvision 120 ft., passive Perception 12
Languages Common, Orc
Challenge ¼ (50 XP)

Special Traits

  • Shadow Stealth. When in dim light or darkness, the ghost-faced orc can Hide as a bonus action.

Actions

  • Greataxe. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 8 (1d12 + 2) slashing damage.
  • Shortbow. Ranged Weapon Attack: +3 to hit, range 80/320 ft., one target. Hit: 4 (1d6 + 1) piercing damage.

About

This creature looks like an orc whose face and head are painted in a grotesque skull-like pattern.

When they may be seen at all, ghost-faced orcs appear as normal orcs who paint their faces in grotesque skull like patterns. Invisible in shadow and darkness to all but one another due to unholy pacts with their dark god, their face paint gives them the impression of floating disembodied skulls.

Ghost-faced orcs are similar in every way to their common cousins — filthy, smelly, aggressive, and thoroughly cruel. Their hair ranges from black to slate grey to shock white. Their equipment is ill-kempt and crudely made, leaving most to forage for better gear amongst their victims.

Ghost-face orcs are seldom seen above ground except on moonless nights.

Most are warriors, fighters or barbarians and favor greataxes and longspears to any other weapon. They on occasion carry shortbows for hunting or ambushes.

Society

Ghost-faced orcs differ little from their kin with the exception that a larger portion of their population are clerics. As such these battle priests hold a revered place in society. The priesthood is made up of the highest level clerics amongst the tribe. The cabals outfit themselves and their most powerful slayers with enchanted weapons, armor and potions.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

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