D&D 5E in Ancient Greece: Achilles and Alkinous’ Hounds!

It would be ridiculous to try and out-do what Sean K. Reynolds has already brilliantly done for D&D 3.5 in The New Argonauts so at the start of every one of these posts I’m going to 1) thank him for making that supplement (thank you Sean!) and 2) tell you to go download it (it’s free–give it 5 stars because damn). This blog series is not intended to be a reproduction of that product, only a conversion update. Go get it.

Post 1: What You Need To Play

Post 2: Aeetes’ Bulls (aka Khalkotauroi or Bulls of Colchis)

Post 3: Aeetes’ Dragon (aka Dragon of Colchis)

If you want to see Achilles go to the Mythological Figures column over on EN World! More heroes from Ancient Greece will make their way there.

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Alkinous’ Hounds

Medium construct, unaligned
Armor Class 14 (natural armor)
Hit Points 29 (3d8+15)
Speed 50 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
15 (+2) 15 (+2) 20  (+5) 2 (-4) 12 (+1) 6 (-2)

Skills Perception +3, Stealth +4
Damage Resistances bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing from nonmagical weapons
Damage Immunities poison, psychic
Condition Immunities blinded, charmed, deafened, exhaustion, frightened, paralyzed, petrified, poisoned
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 13
Challenge 2 (450 XP)
Keen Smell. Alkinous’ hounds have advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on smell.
Pack Tactics. Alkinous’ hounds have advantage on attack rolls against a creature if at least one of a hound’s allies is within 5 feet of the creature and the ally isn’t incapacitated.
ACTIONS
Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 7(2d4+2) piercing damage. If the target is a creature, it must succeed on a DC 12 Strength saving throw or be knocked prone.

Hephaestus crafted these two animated hound statues (one gold, one silver) to guard the palace of Alkinous, king of the Phaiakians, a place Odysseus visited after the Trojan War.

An Intelligence (History) check reveals the following information: 8—Hephaestus gave two living hound statues, one silver and one gold, to the palace of a far-away king. 13—The hounds had no special abilities other than being made of metal.

Weekly Mike Update

I’m so bad at keeping up on this. Since the last post I’ve organized a big, big project for 5E which I am not actually totally in charge of (and my plans have been approved which is dope). The Book of Exalted Darkness is out and has nothing but rave reviews so far! ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ <3!!! The Book of True Evil and Book of Celestial Heroes are likely releasing next week. Halfway through converting BED to Shadow of the Demon Lord. Plus stuff I’m just blanking on because I prepare and write these blog posts at the end of my work shifts (roundabouts dawn).

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