D&D 5E in Ancient Greece: Argus Panoptles

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

Master Page for D&D 5E Ancient Greece/Monster List

Argus Panoptles

Argus Panoptes

Large giant, neutral
Armor Class 13 (natural armor)
Hit Points 75 (10d10+20)
Speed 40 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
20 (+5) 14 (+2) 15 (+2) 10 (+0) 10 (+0) 12 (+1)

Saving Throws Con +4, Cha +3
Skills Animal Handling +2, Investigation +12, Perception +12, Stealth +4
Condition Immunities exhaustion
Senses passive Perception 22
Languages Common
Challenge 3 (700 XP)

Ageless. Argus cannot suffer from frailty of old age, die from old age, or be aged magically.
Hundred Eyes. Argus is exceptionally alert. His many eyes give him a +10 bonus on Investigation and Perception and he can’t be flanked. Argus can see invisible creatures as if under the constant effects of the see invisibility spell.
Untiring. Argus never needs to sleep, though he is still susceptible to sleep effects.

ACTIONS
Multiattack. Argus makes two melee attacks with his spear.
Spear. Melee or Ranged Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, reach 10 ft. or range 20/60 ft., one target. Hit: 10 (1d10+5) piercing damage.

REACTIONS
Twitch Reflexes. Argus can take two reactions each round.

This giant is a son of Gaea born with a hundred eyes placed all over his body. The perfect watchman and guardian, only two of his eyes ever need to sleep at the same time, so he can remain awake and vigilant always. Hera bade him watch over a white cow given to her by Zeus (which she rightly suspected of being one of his lovers transformed to hide his infidelity); Hermes charmed Argus into sleep with a magic song and cut off Argus’ head. Hera placed Argus’ eyes onto the feathers of her favorite bird, the peacock. When alive, Argus was no more powerful than an ogre, and was best at watching over something to make sure it doesn’t get away rather than guarding something valuable which someone might attack him for.

Argus prefers to make use of his reach and Twitch Reflexes feature, repeatedly forcing enemies to move through the area he can strike with his spear.

An Intelligence (History) check reveals the following information: 8—Argus was a hundred-eyed giant who served the goddess Hera. He was always on guard, as his eyes could take turns sleeping. 14—Hermes used a magical song to put him completely to sleep, then struck off his head.

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