Libris Monstrum: Manifestation of Grief
The green phantom of a woman drenched by a sourceless rain, reaches out to you in silent desperation.
MANIFESTATION OF GRIEF
Medium thumogeny, chaotic neutral
Armor Class. 13 (natural armor)
Hit Points. 94 (15d8+26)
Speed. 30 ft.
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Saving Throws. Cha +6
Skills. Insight, +2, Perception +2, Persuasion +6
Damage Resistances. Necrotic, poison, psychic; bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing from non-magical weapons
Condition Immunities. Frightened, petrification, poisoned, stunned
Senses. Darkvision 120 ft, passive Perception 12
Challenge. 3 (700 xp)
Rains of Loss. A sourceless rain falls in a 30 foot radius around the manifestation of grief, causing intense and painful despair in those within. Creatures starting their turn, or entering the area for the first time on a turn, must make a DC 14 Wisdom saving throw or take 2d6 psychic damage.
Desperate Grasp. Melee Weapon Attack: ++5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one creature. Hit: 7 (1d8+3) bludgeoning damage and the target is grappled. The manifestation can use an action to drain emotions from a grappled creature on subsequent turns. The target muust make a DC 14 Charisma saving throw or take 2d6 psychic damage. The manifestation of grief then heals for half of the damage dealt.
Longing Gaze. The manifestation gets the attention of one creature forcing them to make a DC 16 Charisma save or become charmed by the manifestation for 1 minute. While charmed, a target must use their movement to move closer to the manifestation in an attempt to help or protect it. The manifestation may use a reaction to attempt a Desperate Grasp on a creature in range that is affected by Longing Gaze. Effected creatures may attempt a new saving throw at the end of their turn to end the charm. Creatures that succeed their saving throw or otherwise end the effect are immune to the manifestation’s Longing Gaze for 24 hours.
The thumogeny are creatures created from the will and emotion of sentient beings. These strange creatures exist on a continuum somewhere between the likes of devils or angels and elementals, pure feeling given form. Manifestions are some of the most basic of these, pulled magically through significant events or the will of a powerful mage, wrecking unchecked chaos in the wake of unfettered emotion.
Manifestations of grief are often mistaken for ghosts, given their appearance, but are far more dangerous. Spirits may be helped or driven off, but the manifestation of grief is just the emotion and none of the humanity. Nevertheless individuals will be drawn to the manifestation, trying to help the desperate person it appears to be, ignoring the pain of the psychic rain upon them. These thumogeny are often used to oppress a region, causing intense grief among the populace as they coninuosly visit the manifestation in attempts to help it and are slowly drained off all but their sadness before eventually dying.
In the Luxarrahn scheme of things, grief is of the color green. The middle color of the rainbow is a bit more complex than others representing a pair of celestial twins, who each represent a philisophical pair. Empathy and understanding sit on one side, ideals to strive at improving while grief and selfishness instincts to be wary of. This manifestation is simply meant to be the crushing sadness one may fall into. While grief itself is not a bad thing, it has the ability to spiral out of control and that loss of control is a part of this creature’s repertoire.