D&D 5e in Ancient Greece: Calydonian Boar

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

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Calydonian Boar

Large beast, unaligned
Armor Class 14 (natural armor)
Hit Points 68 (8d10+24)
Speed 40 ft.

20 (+5) 10 (+0) 17 (+3) 2 (-4) 13 (+1) 8 (-1)

Saving Throws Con +5, Wis +3, Cha +1
Skills Perception +4
Senses passive Perception 14
Challenge 4 (1,100 XP)

Charge. If the boar moves at least 20 feet straight toward a target and then hits it with a tusk attack on the same turn, the target takes an extra 7 (2d6) slashing damage. If the target is a creature, it must succeed on a DC 15 Strength saving throw or be knocked prone.
Keen Smell. The boar has advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on smell.
Regeneration. The boar regains 5 hit points at the start of its turn. The boar dies only if it starts its turn with 0 hit points.
Relentless (1/short rest). If the boar takes 10 damage or less that would reduce it to 0 hit points, it is reduced to 1 hit point instead.

Tusk. Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 16 (2d10+5) slashing damage.

The original Calydonian boar was sent by Athena in revenge after the king forgot to include her name when he made sacrifices to the gods. The boar’s tusks were as big as an elephant’s and its bristled hide seemed invulnerable to weapons. It is very similar in appearance to a dire boar, though it looks like an extremely large normal boar rather than a prehistoric or demonic giant boar. The boar is very aggressive and usually charges into battle. If wounded below 20 hit points, it runs away until it is fully healed (though its Relentless feature overrides this if it is brought to 0 hit points or lower).

An Intelligence (History) check reveals the following information: 8—The original Calydonian boar was sent by a goddess to punish a king for forge􀄴ing her in a sacrifice. 13—More than a dozen heroes gathered to kill the boar, and it quickly killed seven of them. 18—Only a well-placed arrow from a female hero named Atalanta stalled it long enough for prince Meleager, the greatest spearman in the land, to run it through.

Erymanthian Boar. A great boar that ravaged the farmlands of Erymanthia. Heracles brought it back alive as his fourth labor. Use the statistics for a dire boar.

Krommyonian Sow. A great sow named Phaia, which killed many men, and some stories say it is the mother of the Calydonian boar; Theseus killed it. Use the statistics for a dire boar.


Boar Tooth Soldier

These loyal troops are created by planting a boar soldier tooth (see Chapter 3: Magic in The New Argonauts) in fertile ground. Reasonably skilled but not too intelligent, boar tooth soldiers are ideal for holding the line, chasing down something, or other similar tactics. They look like soldiers dressed in hoplite armor and colors of the nationality of the person who planted the tooth (an Athenian makes soldiers that look like Athenian troops, and so on). They are utterly loyal to their creator, and would walk off a cliff if their creator told them to do so. Their statistics are identical to a typical Greek soldier. Boar tooth soldiers use simple tactics, eschewing anything fancy. They are smart enough to move into flanking positions without being told to do so.

An Intelligence (History) check reveals the following information: 9—The old stories tell of fierce warriors who spring up from the ground after monster’s teeth are planted there. 14—Some of the stories say that the soldiers may turn on the person who planted them.


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