D&D 5E in Ancient Greece: Oracle at Delphi

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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Oracle at Delphi

Medium humanoid (human), neutral good
Armor Class 14 (padded)
Hit Points 44 (8d8+8)
Speed 30 ft.

8 (-1) 16 (+3) 12 (+1) 14 (+2) 15 (+2) 10 (+0)

Saving Throws Wis +4, Cha +2
Skills History +4, Insight +6, Nature +4, Perception +6, Persuasion +4, Religion +6
Damage Resistances psychic
Senses passive Perception 14
Languages Common
Challenge 2 (450 XP)

Blindness & Foresight. The Oracle can’t see and automatically fails any ability check that requires sight. She can’t be surprised and her foresight means she does not have disadvantage on attack rolls or ability checks from her blindness, other creatures do not have advantage on attack rolls against her from her blindness, and she has advantage on saving throws.
Python of Delphi. The Oracle is protected by the guardian python she can command to defend her, guard an area, or stay in an area without having to make a Wisdom (Animal Handling) checks. The python is identical to a giant constrictor snake, absolutely loyal to the Oracle, and can never be made to attack or harm her in any way. It fights to the death in defense of the Oracle. If the python is slain, another constrictor snake arrives within a month to protect the Oracle, soon growing to its full size.

Dagger. Melee or Ranged Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 5 (1d4+3) piercing damage.

The Oracle at Delphi is a Greek woman blessed by Apollo with the gift of true prophecy (and unlike Cassandra, people actually believe the Oracle’s prophecies). In some records the Oracle is just a young woman pressed into service by the priests of the temple and her prophecies are just the babblings of a drug induced stupor, but this book assumes that the Oracle was chosen by Apollo and her prophecies come from the god himself, though she may use unusual means to put her mind in the right state to receive the prophecies. In some stories Apollo claimed the site of the oracle after driving away its serpent guardian oython, in others the python is the guardian beast who watches over the Oracle. In the sample Argonauts campaign (see Chapter 7: Running the Campaign in The New Argonauts), the Oracle is a young blind woman whose guardian python has been slain by minions of the gorgons. She prefers not to fight on her own behalf, leaving that sort of thing to her python and guards. If attacked she flees, taking advantage of her foresight ability.

An Intelligence (History) check reveals the following information: 8—The Oracle at Delphi is a servant of Apollo. Her prophecies are the truth, and people come from all over the known world to hear them. 13—She is guarded by a sacred python and human soldiers who have sworn themselves to her service.

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