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Melokhryseos

Medium monstrosity, unaligned

Armor Class 13 (natural armor)
Hit Points 9 (2d8)
Speed 40 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
12 (+1) 10 (+0) 11 (+0) 2 (-4) 10 (+0) 5 (-3)

Damage Immunities poison
Condition Immunities poisoned
Skills Perception +2
Senses passive Perception 12
Languages
Challenge 2 (450 XP)

Special Traits

  • Charge. If the melokhyrseos moves at least 20 ft. straight toward a target and then hits it with a ram attack on the same turn, the target takes an extra 2 (1d4) bludgeoning damage. If the target is a creature, it must succeed on a DC 11 Strength saving throw or be knocked prone.
  • Sun-Induced Rage (Recharges after a Short or Long Rest). As a bonus action, the melokhryseos can enter a rage if is in sunlight. This rage lasts for 1 minute. The rage ends early if the melokhyrseos is knocked unconscious or if its turn ends and it hasn’t attacked a hostile creature or taken damage since his last turn. While raging, the melokhryseos gains the following benefits: It has advantage on Strength checks and Strength saving throws; It deals an extra 3 damage when he hits a target with a melee weapon attack; it has resistance to bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing damage.
  • Sure-Footed. The melokhyrseos has advantage on Strength and Dexterity saving throws made against effects that would knock it prone.

Actions

  • Multiattack. The melokhyrseos makes one attack with its ram and one with its bite.
  • Ram. Melee Weapon Attack: +3 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 3 (1d4 + 1) bludgeoning damage.
  • Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +3 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 3 (1d4 + 1) piercing damage, and the target must make a DC 11 Constitution saving throw, taking 10 (3d6) poison damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one.

About

This is no ordinary sheep—its wool glistens like gold. A thin trail of spittle drips from its jaws and its eyes are bloodshot with rage.

Due to their golden coats, melokhryseoi are particularly vulnerable to the heat of the sun. When the sun is at its height, melokhryseoi go into a fit of rage, attacking everything in sight.

Sacred to Aphrodite. Melokhryseoi are sacred to Aphrodite, who used them as a means of testing Psyche. Convinced the task was impossible, Psyche was ready to throw herself off a cliff before she heard a prophecy from a nearby river, which shared the secret of the golden sheep. Psyche waited until the melokhryseoi were calmed by the afternoon breeze and then snuck past them to a cove of trees where some of their wool was caught clinging to the branches.

A melokhryseos’ coat, if it can be sheared with special shearing tools, nets 10 st worth of wool.

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5E RPG: Ancient Adventures. Copyright 2020, Mal and Tal, LLC; Author Michael Tresca.