The way we present Fifth Edition monsters and NPCs these days is a quite standardized for us, but that was not always the case. Before there was a 5e OGL, we used the 3.5/Pathfinder’s SRD to make our 5e books. Because of that, we had Deadly Delves: Rescue from Tyrkaven available much earlier than anyone else. It also means that the monsters there, while still balanced need to be updated. While we will get to that, I thought I would share with you one of those monsters now in their updated stat block.
Let me dispel any speculation by coming clean: the draugr in this adventure were inspired by the draugr in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, a game I enjoy quite a bit and still play from time to time. I wanted my zombies to be more than your standard shambling horde that will feast on your brains, eventually. I wanted fast and dangerous creatures that would make players tremble when they see their numbers and enjoy turning them into a pile of bones and rotten flesh. That is what these monsters deliver and I am glad to have created them.
Medium undead, neutral evil
Armor Class 11
Hit Points 45 (7d8 + 14)
Speed 40 ft.
Str 14 (+2) Dex 12 (+1) Con 15 (+2)
Int 6 (–2) Wis 12 (+1) Cha 7 (–2)
Saving Throws Wis +3
Skills Perception +3, Stealth +3
Damage Immunities poison
Condition Immunities poisoned
Languages Common (cannot speak)
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 13
Challenge 1/2 (100 XP)
Multiattack. The draugr makes two slam attacks.
Slam. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 5 (1d6 + 2) bludgeoning damage.
Scream (usable once day). As its action, a draugr can let out a terrifying scream that is also a rallying cry. All undead within 30 feet gain advantage to attack rolls. This bonus lasts for 1 minute.
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