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.
Master Page for D&D 5E Ancient Greece/Monster List
Medium humanoid (human), lawful neutral
Armor Class 18 (breastplate, shield)
Hit Points 22 (4d8+4)
Speed 30 ft.
|15 (+2)||14 (+2)||13 (+1)||8 (-1)||12 (+1)||10 (+0)|
Saving Throws Str +4, Con +3
Skills Athletics +4, Medicine +3, Perception +3
Senses passive Perception 13
Challenge 2 (450 XP)
Counter Combat Style & Defensive Stance. The soldier gains a +2 bonus to Armor Class against attacks from creatures using one-handed weapon fighting (using a weapon one-handed, with the other hand carrying a shield or otherwise not wielding a weapon). The soldier gains a +1 bonus to AC against all melee attacks. A condition that makes them lose their Dexterity bonus to AC also makes them lose these bonuses. The soldier must be aware of an attack to gain these bonuses.
Longsword. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 6 (1d8+2) slashing damage.
Spear. Melee or Ranged Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft. or range 20/60 ft., one target. Hit: 5 (1d6+2) piercing damage.
Javelin. Ranged Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, range 30/120 ft., one target. Hit: 5 (1d6+2) piercing damage.
The above statistics should be used for any career Greek soldier (no matter what city-state) with some experience in combat. These soldiers wear breastplate armor and large steel shield, and carry a longsword, shortspear, and 2 javelins. Part-time soldiers (Greeks who own their own armor and weapons but do work other than soldiering on a daily basis) are usually 2nd-level warriors; use the statistics for the False Oracle Guards, above.
Greek Noble & Greek Officer. Use the core rules statistics for a Noble and Veteran, respectively.
Greek Nobles are the elite of Greece, trained in weapons but not battle-hardened like the warrior-kings in the great stories. Most are more concerned with politics and intrigue than heroics and battles, content to have their guards do the fighting for them, but there are some who are true leaders, and these tend to have levels in fighter in addition to what is presented here.
Greek Officers are the battle-hardened leaders of Greek troops. Their equipment is a cut above the common career soldier and their morale is high. An officer of this quality might lead anywhere from six to twenty soldiers (normally ten).