Friday, June 3, 2011

N/PC Friday: Swallowtail

This NPC is actually based on the song "Swallowtail" by Elvenking(video with the song at the end of the post)

Name: Swallowtail
Race: Annis Hag
Class: Mage  Level: 3

Alignment: Chaotic Evil
Age: 557(Age Category VI)    Gender: Female
Height/Weight: 5’6”/158 pounds
Hair/Eyes/Skin: Iron colored/Blue/Fair complexion
Distinguishing Feature: burn scar on lower left side of face. Missing left ear.

Ability Scores:
Constitution: 12
Intelligence: 18
Wisdom: 15
Charisma: 10

Movement: 15

Savings Throws:
Poison, Paralyzation, & Death Magic: 10
Rods, Staves, & Wands: 11
Petrification & Polymorph: 11
Breath Weapon: 12
Spell: 12

Armor Class:-2
Hit Points: 40
THAC0: 13

Damage:Claws(2)(1d8+8) + Bite(2d4+1)
Special Abilities: Charm Person 3/day, Cloudkill, Entangle 3/day, Normal Age Category 6 Annis Hag Abilities(See Van Richten's Guide to Witches)
1st: Cantrip, Detect Magic, Read Magic, Affect Normal Fires, Alarm, Audible Glamer, Burning Hands, Chill Touch, Comprehend Languages, Dancing Lights, Enlarge/Reduce, Hold Portal, Hypnotism, Mount, Phantasmal Force, Sleep, Spook, Taunt, Wall of Fog
2nd: Darkness 15' radius, ESP, Flaming Sphere, Fog Cloud, Fool's Gold, Forget, Hypnotic Pattern, Improved Phantasmal Force, Invisibility, Mirror Image, Scare, Shatter, Spectral Hand, Stinking Cloud, Summon Swarm, Web, Whispering Wind

Equipment: Badge of Office, Fully stocked home.

Languages: Common, Annis, Ogre, Frost Giant, Hill Giant, Fire Giant

  Swallowtail is an old legend. A witch said to be so hideous that the mere sight of her will kill any man. Even if one survives her looks, it's said she breathes forth a noxious cloud of death. Once upon a time however, Swallowtail was not always spoken of this way. Many Centuries ago, Swallowtail was a woman of great beauty and high birth. Beyond that, the story the hag herself tells changes with each telling. Now all that remains is the dilapidated hut in the woods. 
    The most common tale of her past, or at least, the one related by tale tellers of the region is that she was the daughter of a cruel father who was involved in the blackest sorts of magic calling down vile creatures on nights of the new moon. In return for some unknown lore, Swallowtail herself had been sacrificed and animated in the darkest rites now lost to magi.
   In time, Swallowtail had grown up, and her father sold her off to one of his allies in distant lands as a concubine. Most stories relate that she had made dark pacts of her own, and murdered her new husband to seal the pact. A rebellion in that distant land forced her to flee to the local area where she built a hut in the dark woods outside the village walls. Even as a middle aged woman she still retained her beauty, and used it to ensnare the men of the village, sacrificing them to her dark masters.
  In time, the village, those who had not fallen to her wiles formed a mob and sought to slay Swallowtail, who was now more than half a century old at this point. Expecting to fight an elderly woman, they were horrified to find what they at first believed was a black skinned ogress, until the creature spoke revealing her to be Swallowtail. Ever since that time centuries ago, no villager(save one) has dared to enter Swallowtail's region of the wood and return.

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