Bringers of Cataclysm – Zyagi, the Armored Tyrant

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It’s long overdue, but this weekend’s article finally offers an explicit stat block for one of the Primordials – Zyagi, the Armored Tyrant.

The Armored Tyrant

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Those Who Would Follow – Emperor Cicadas

Hello, everyone! Today’s article introduces a new monster, the Emperor Cicada. The Emperor Cicada isn’t much of a threat on its own, but its ability to disrupt spellcasters’ concentration can prove dangerous even to high-level parties, and if influenced by a certain Primordial, the Emperor Cicada may react violently and dangerously to its magical energies, though that’ll be the subject of a future article!

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Those Who Would Follow – Mercury Elementals

Hello, everyone, and Happy Friday! Today’s article provides a stat block for a new type of Elemental, the Mercury Elemental. This creature was interesting to design as, much like the Primordial Cultist, I wound up needing to design a creature with spellcasting abilities. Typically I try to avoid designing such creatures in my campaigns, as the ability to cast spells has a much harder measured effect on a monster’s Challenge Rating and adds difficulty for the Storyteller who has to cross-reference spells with their monster’s stat blocks. Despite these considerations, though, I felt that the ability to cast spells was important thematically to these creatures, and hope that you’ll find that you agree that without spells these enemy stat blocks would not accurately reflect their concepts in combat. Continue reading “Those Who Would Follow – Mercury Elementals”

Primordial In Profile – Zyagi, the Armored Tyrant

Hello, everyone! As I’d hinted in the article for the Primordial Cultist stat block, today I’m revealing another Primordial profile for you to use in conjunction with the Primordial Cultist stat block or the Primordial Shard background. This time, I’d like to introduce you to Zyagi, the Armored Tyrant. Like most Primordials, Zyagi’s manifestation would result in catastrophe for the mortal plane. However, unlike other Primordials, Zyagi dreams of conquest – It dreams of a mortal plane ruled by its literal iron fist, populated by inhabitants who fear or actively resist it. Zyagi savors the challenge of conquering a land, and will readily demonstrate its fearsome powers towards that goal.

To further detail what sort of foes a party may face if they were at ends with a cult of Zyagi, expect a future article on the leadership of such a cult and a stat block for Zyagi itself.

Zyagi, the Armored Tyrant

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Those Who Would Follow – Primordial Cultists

Hello, everyone, today’s article is going to introduce a new NPC stat block for you to use – an easily modified Primordial Cultist who can serve as a severe danger to low-level adventurers and as more readily dispatched mooks to higher-level adventurers. Like other NPC stat blocks, you can easily customize the Primordial Cultist by applying racial traits to it.

Since the Primordials are so different from one another, Primordial Cultists may vary wildly in abilities depending on whom they worship. They share a certain number of spells which they can cast, but the Associated Spells may dramatically shift the cultists’ capabilities. Some, such as the followers of Idbris, the Mind Devourer, will more heavily rely upon laying spells such as Fog Cloud and allowing their enemies to fall into traps or other hazards. Others, such as the followers of Zyagi, the Armored Tyrant, will wade into battle armed with spells such as Magnetic Claws and Mage Armor.

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