Mudmen are formed in pools of mud where enchanted rivers (even mildly enchanted ones, such as a stream eroding a magical structure) collect and evaporate and concentrate the dweomer. Because they are creatures of magic, mudmen are sometimes called dweomerlings. Mudmen are unintelligent life forces with but one goal – to protect their pools against intruders.
When aroused into a physical form, mudmen take on the appearance of animated mud in a stocky humanoid shape, about 4’ tall. Their coloration varies between a dirty brown and tar black. They have four thick fingers on each hand. Their legs stay submerged within the pool and are not usually visible. Their eyes are pools of jet black shadow.
Mudmen have two states: rest and activity, the latter of which solely involves killing intruders. A mudman’s pool varies in size between 20 and 200 feet in diameter. Such pools are often found near waterfalls.
- 10/11/2018: changed the wording on the mud walk trait and gave it immunity to acid damage.
Small elemental, neutral
Armor Class 9 (natural armor)
Hit Points 24 (7d6)
Speed 20 ft
Abilities Str 15 (+2), Dex 7 (-2), Con 11 (+0), Int 1 (-5), Wis 10 (+0), Cha 1 (-5)
Damage Vulnerabilities thunder
Damage Immunities acid, poison; bludgeoning, piercing, slashing from nonmagical attacks
Condition Immunities exhaustion, paralyzed, petrified, poisoned, unconscious
Senses darkvision 60 ft.
Challenge 1/8 (25 XP)
False Appearance. While the mudman remains motionless, it is indistinguishable from an ordinary mound of mud.
Mud Walker. The mudman ignores movement restrictions caused by mud.
Slam. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one creature. Hit: 5 (1d6 + 2) bludgeoning damage.
Mud Fling. Ranged Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one creature. Hit: 4 (1d4 + 2) bludgeoning damage. If the target is a creature, it must make a DC 12 Strength saving throw or be restrained for 1 minute. A creature can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on itself on a success.
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