D&D 5E in Ancient Greece: Talos

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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Talos

Large construct, neutral
Armor Class 14 (natural armor)
Hit Points 84 (8d10+40)
Speed 30 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
20 (+5) 14 (+2) 20 (+5) 2 (-4) 14 (+2) 6 (-2)

Saving Throws Int -2, Wis +4, Cha +0
Skills Perception +4
Damage Resistances acid, cold, fire, lightning, thunder; bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing
Damage Immunities poison, psychic
Condition Immunities blinded, charmed, deafened, exhaustion, frightened, paralyzed, petrified, poisoned
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 14
Languages Common
Challenge 4 (1,100 XP)

Critical Vulnerability. Talos is immune to sneak attack damage and extra damage from critical hits, and has resistance to bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing damage. A creature targeting Talos’ singular point of vulnerability (its heel) has a -10 penalty on its attack roll, but on a hit the attack deals normal damage (ignoring the immunities and resistances of this feature).

ACTIONS
Slam. Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 14 (2d6+7) bludgeoning damage.
Rock. Ranged Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, range 100/500 ft., one target. Hit: 12 (2d4+7) bludgeoning damage.

An animated bronze man created by Hephaestus and given by Zeus to the Queen of Crete, Talos patrolled the island’s shores and kept pirates away by hurling boulders at their ships. Unlike most constructs, he has a blood vessel running from his neck to one ankle. In some myths he was slain by Medea’s magic, which caused him to strike his vulnerable ankle and bleed to death, though in other stories he was slain by an arrow to that ankle. Talos is simple-minded and hurls boulders at anything he perceives as an enemy. If that fails, he hammers away at foes with his metal fists.

An Intelligence (History) check reveals the following information: 9—Talos was a bronze man given to the Queen of Crete by Hephaestus. He sank enemy ships by hurling boulders at them. 14—As a man of bronze crafted by the gods, Talos was almost invulnerable. His only weakness was a single artery running the length of his body.

 

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