Believed to be a progenitor strain of vampire and bearing an uncanny resemblance to overgrown bats, empusa (plural: empusae) are cruel and exceptionally swift. Like vampires, they drink the blood of humanoids to survive. Unlike vampires, they do not drink from the throat of living victims: instead they tear their victim’s throat open with razor sharp talons and slurp from the open wounds using their long prehensile tongue. They are also not undead, instead living and breeding in small warrens.
Medium monstrosity, neutral evil
Armor Class 15
Hit Points 36 (6d6 + 18)
Speed 50 ft., climb 20 ft.
|12 (1)||19 (5)||16 (3)||8 (-1)||13 (2)||6 (-2)|
Skills Athletics +3, Acrobatics +7, Perception +3, Stealth +7
Damage Vulnerabilities fire
Damage Resistances necrotic, bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing from nonmagical weapons
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 14
Solar Vulnerability. The empusa’s speed is reduced by 10 ft. and it has disadvantage on saving throws while in direct sunlight.
Regeneration. The empusa regains 10 hit points at the start of its turn if it has at least 1 hit point remaining and isn’t in sunlight. If the empusa takes radiant or fire damage, this trait doesn’t function at the start of the empusa’s next turn.
Uncanny Dodge. When a creature that the empusa can see hits it with an attack, it can use its reaction to halve the attack’s damage against it. The empusa loses this ability while in direct sunlight.
Multiattack. The empusa makes two rending claw attacks and one bite attack.
Rending Claws. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 7 (2d6 + 1) slashing damage. If a creature takes damage from this attack, it loses an additional 3 (1d4 +1) hit points at the beginning of its turn due to blood loss until it regains hit points or someone succeeds on a DC 10 Medicine check using a healer’s kit. This effect is cumulative with multiple attacks.
Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one creature. Hit: 8 (2d6 + 1) piercing damage plus 4 (1d6) necrotic damage.
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- The Last Words of Bryndn the Bold