New D&D Monster: Dark Druid

Vercix, the Dark Druid

No. Enc.: 1 (plus 2 Foul Hounds)
Alignment: Chaotic
Movement: 120’ (40’)
Armor Class: 8
Hit Dice: 5
Attacks: 1 (sickle)
Damage: 1d6
Save: C5
Morale: 12
Hoard Class: XV
XP: 365

Vercix was once a guardian of nature before he came into contact with powerful forces of corruption that drove him murderously insane. Now he practices an evil, twisted from of nature magic, doing the bidding of the dark whispers that he hears in his dreams and spreading corruption wherever he can.

He stands tall and straight, clean-shaven and bald with thick, ugly features. Vercix wears a crown of poison ivy and a mouldering gray hooded robe trimmed with thorny vines. In combat, he wields a wickedly sharp sickle forged from an ill-looking green iron. He is always accompanied by two Foul Hound companions, gifts from his insane masters.

Vercix receives a +2 bonus to saves against fire and electricity effects of any kind, and he has the ability to pass through thick vegetation with no movement penalty. He may cast the following spells once per day as a 5th-level cleric (some of these spells are found in the Labyrinth Lord Advanced Edition Companion): entangle, putrefy food and water, darkness, cure light wounds, obscuring mist, barkskin, charm person, cause disease, and insect swarm.

Illustration by David Deitrick

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3 Responses to “New D&D Monster: Dark Druid”

  1. I am not sure how happy I am with this guy. Part of me wants to move away from just having him be an NPC cleric/druid and instead make him an entirely novel mosnter with original powers instead of just spells. Thoughts?

  2. I like him as a boss monster and/or evil mastermind. If you go with the mixed-themes design this guy, the hounds, and the various blightlings could all go in the area between the undead zone and the overgrown jungle zone.

  3. All of the monsters so far are for the first level of the megadungeon, a muddy swampy set of evil caves.

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