Arch Priest/Priestess | New NPC for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Continuing to work on this adventure, once I got to the third tier, I needed yet another high-level divine NPC. I was hoping the drow variants would work (matron mother, high priestess, etc) but they were a little to drow'ish for what I needed. Therefore, I had to cook up a high-level divine threat. Arch … Continue reading Arch Priest/Priestess | New NPC for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

High Priest/Priestess | New NPC for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Currently, I'm working on a one-shot adventure that involves a retired deaconess living in an upscale, walled estate. The adventure is scalable, meaning that it will be available to any characters at any level. At early levels, the deaconess is a priest. But once the characters become 5th-level, a priest is no longer a reasonable … Continue reading High Priest/Priestess | New NPC for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Necrochefs | Monsters for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

As I continue to build out the Goblin Mine for Justin David Russell and mine's megadelve project, The Secret of Forsaken Peak, I keep coming up with cool, new challenges to throw at the characters. Case in point: Lamarr the Necrochef. A killer and a cannibal, Lamarr is evil personified. And if that wasn't bad … Continue reading Necrochefs | Monsters for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Rolfin the Dragon Priest | NPC for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

The goblin mine is managed by a dragon priest named Rolfin who is a half-red dragon goblin. Rolfin is somewhat insane and feared by all in the mine, including the azer smith, Roez, and Lamarr the Necromancer. While Gurd and the other goblins try to keep him safe--after all, the goblins believe that Rolfin is … Continue reading Rolfin the Dragon Priest | NPC for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Adventuring Priests | Monsters for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Another quick one for my session today, I noticed that there is a serious lack of "cleric"-like NPCs in the monster books. We have the Priest in the Monster Manual with is a 5th-level caster and CR 2. And then we have the War Priest which is a huge jump up to 9th-level and CR … Continue reading Adventuring Priests | Monsters for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

War Mages | Monsters for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Volo's Guide to Monsters generously introduces statistics for a variety of mages, each tied to a different arcane tradition. However, the one type of mage that's missing, it seems, are the war mages from Xanathar's Guide to Everything. Since I need a few war mages today, I thought I might stat them up. Not only … Continue reading War Mages | Monsters for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

The Secret to “Awesome” NPCs in D&D (and Why NPC Sucks) | The DM Lair

Making non-player characters for D&D can be a frustrating experience. Often NPCs that we put lots of work into completely bomb at the table. In this video, Luke explains what he thinks is the true secret to awesome NPCs. Be sure to like and follow Luke Hart and The DM Lair on YouTube. And if … Continue reading The Secret to “Awesome” NPCs in D&D (and Why NPC Sucks) | The DM Lair

Monster: Gravetouched Angel of Death for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Gravetouched are tortured souls who, at some point or another, had a close encounter with death. That grim experience changed them, unlocking dark powers within. You can learn more about the Gravetouched in the Gravetouched player class optionĀ (updated 11/17/2018). Gravetouched, Angel of Death Medium humanoid (any race), any alignment (usually neutral evil) Armor Class 15 … Continue reading Monster: Gravetouched Angel of Death for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Henchmen for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Editon (Plus a Preview of the New Superhero Class!)

Vader has stormtroopers. Doom has doombots. Darkseid has parademons. Every bad guy needs henchmen. What are henchmen? Henchmen (and women!) are the folks with the matching uniforms that act as speed bumps for a hero to cross to get to the big bad evil guys. They're often cocky (or cowardly), have terrible aim, and are … Continue reading Henchmen for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Editon (Plus a Preview of the New Superhero Class!)

Mariachis for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Mariachi is a type of Mexican music and a musical group whose style dates back to at least the 18th century. It has distinctive instrumentation, performance, and singing styles, as well as costumery. Many mariachis wear the traje de charro, or horserider's uniform, complete with large, wide-brimmed hats (sombrero de charro). Typically, mariachis employ guitars, … Continue reading Mariachis for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition