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Atalanta

Medium humanoid (any), neutral ranger (hunter) 8

Armor Class 14
Hit Points 68 (8d10+16)
Speed 30 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
14 (+2) 18 (+4) 14 (+2) 12 (+1) 14 (+2) 10 (+0)

Saving Throws Str +5, Dex +7
Skills Athletics +5, Nature +4, Perception +5, Stealth +7, Survival +5
Senses passive Perception 15
Languages Themysceran
Challenge 5 (1,800 XP)

Special Traits

  • Defensive Tactics: Multiattack Defense. When a creature hits Atalanta with an attack, she gains a +4 bonus to AC against all subsequent attacks made by that creature for the rest of the turn.
  • Favored Enemy. Atalanta has advantage on Wisdom (Survival) checks to track beasts and monsters, as well as on Intelligence checks to recall information about them.
  • Hunter’s Prey: Colossus Slayer (1d8, 1/turn). When the Atalanta hits a creature with a weapon attack, the creature takes an extra 1d8 damage if it’s below its hit point maximum.
  • Ranger Features. Atalanta has the Land’s Stride, Natural Explorer (forest or grassland), and Primeval Awareness ranger class features.
  • Spellcasting. Atalanta is a 4th-level spellcaster that uses Wisdom as her spellcasting ability (spell save DC 13; +5 to hit with spell attacks). She knows the following spells from the ranger’s spell list:
  • Superb Aim. Atalanta ignores half cover and three-quarters cover when making a ranged weapon attack, and she doesn’t have disadvantage when attacking at long range. When Atalanta makes her first ranged weapon attack in a turn, she can choose to take a –5 penalty to her ranged weapon attack rolls in exchange for a +10 bonus to ranged weapon damage.

Actions

  • Multiattack. Atalanta attacks twice when she takes the Attack action.
  • Scimitar. Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 7 (1d6+4) slashing damage.
  • Longbow. Ranged Weapon Attack: +9 to hit, range 150/600 ft., one target. Hit: 8 (1d8+4) piercing damage.

About

Atalanta is one of Ancient Greece’s righteous ladies—both because she was a devout follower of Artemis and because she was a supreme hunter and warrior. Atalanta survived in the wilds as a baby after her father, the King of Argos, angrily abandoned her on a mountaintop for not being a boy. She was also the first to bleed the Calydonian Boar, the slayer of the centaurs Hylaeus and Rhoecus, and the only woman to sail with the Argonauts

Atalanta rejected many suitors by beating them all in footraces (the losers were killed!) until Hippomenes distracted her with three enchanted golden apples given to him by the goddess Aphrodite. This subterfuge allowed Hippomenes, Poseidon’s grandson, to win the race.

The couple had a son, but not long after were cursed by Zeus and transformed into lions for doing the dirty in one of his temples. The popular belief at the time was that lions could only mate with leopards, forever keeping them from being together.

Atalanta never forgets the geographic arrangement of terrain, settlements, and areas of wilderness. In addition, she can forage fresh water and food each day for as many as 6 people as long as the environment nearby can support it.

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Mythological Figures & Maleficent Monsters Copyright 2020 EN Publishing. Authors Mike Myler, Russ Morrissey. www.enpublishingrpg.com