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Mummy, Scroll

Medium undead, neutral

Armor Class 12 (natural armor)
Hit Points 105 (14d8 + 42)
Speed 30 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
16 (+3) 8 (–1) 17 (+3) 18 (+4) 11 (+0) 14 (+2)

Saving Throws Wis +3
Skills Arcana +7, History +7
Damage Resistances bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing from nonmagical attacks
Damage Immunities fire, necrotic, poison
Condition Immunities charmed, exhaustion, frightened, paralyzed, poisoned
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 10
Languages the languages it knew in life
Challenge 6 (2,300 XP)

Special Traits

  • Magic Resistance. The scroll mummy has advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical effects.
  • Scroll Body. The scroll mummy can inscribe a spell from a spellbook or scroll onto the parchment wrappings that cover its body as if copying a spell into a spellbook. Alternatively, it can inscribe a spell another spellcaster knows or has prepared onto its body by striking the spellcaster with its Spell-Siphoning Fist (see below). If the scroll mummy inscribes a spell with its Spell-Siphoning Fist, the inscription is free and happens immediately. The scroll mummy can use any spell it has inscribed onto its body once per day.
  • Innate Spellcasting. The scroll mummy’s innate spellcasting ability is Intelligence (spell save DC 15, +7 to hit with spell attacks). It can innately cast the following spells, requiring only verbal components:

Actions

  • Multiattack. The scroll mummy makes two spell-siphoning fist attacks.
  • Spell-Siphoning Fist. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 7 (1d8 + 3) bludgeoning damage plus 11 (2d10) force damage. If the target is a spellcaster, it must succeed on a DC 15 Charisma saving throw or lose one random unused spell slot. The scroll mummy inscribes one of the spellcaster’s spells of that slot level onto the parchment wrappings that cover its body (see the Scroll Body trait).

About

Parchment inscribed with arcane writing completely covers this creature, leaving room only for its glowing, purple eyes.

A scroll mummy expedites its passage into undeath through an arcane ritual that consumes several scrolls, while incorporating the surviving scrolls into the creature’s body, similarly to burial wrappings for an ordinary mummy.

Curseless. This alternate mummy doesn’t carry the same curse as one created through a burial ritual, but its unique, arcane creation does make it particularly deadly to spellcasters.

Obsessed with knowledge, the scroll mummy siphons spells from spellbooks, scrolls, and even other spellcasters and inscribes them onto empty parchment on its body. A scroll mummy can use the spells it has inscribed onto its body and jealously guards those scrolls for fear of losing their power.

Powerful scroll mummies wrapped in extremely potent scrolls are said to exist but have yet to emerge from their hidden lairs.

Undead Nature. A scroll mummy doesn’t require air, food, drink, or sleep.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Tome of Beasts 2. © 2020 Open Design LLC; Authors Wolfgang Baur, Celeste Conowitch, Darrin Drader, James Introcaso, Philip Larwood, Jeff Lee, Kelly Pawlik, Brian Suskind, Mike Welham.