Fantastic Beasts and How to Slay Them: Lethifold

Happy New Year! What better way to start 2022 than with a new monster stat block? And what better beast than one that glides over you in your sleep and completely digests you leaving no trace whatsoever?

Happy days indeed.

There’s something very unnerving about the word ‘envelope’, when a monster is concerned. A horrific entity can gnash and howl and screech and claw at you, but a creature that silently sidles up and ‘envelopes’ you tends to trigger a quiet, primal fear response. The Lethifold isn’t a showboat. It just wants to quietly hug you to death. No need to scream, no one can hear you…

Lethifold

I am very happy with this one. Not just because I think this could make for a truly unnerving/suspenseful encounter, but because I feel these stats make a lot of sense.

Challenge-wise, the lethifold is bigger and badder than a great number of the Beasts I have converted so far. More challenging than the Chimaera, more challenging than the upcoming Manticore. Yet it doesn’t actually do as much damage. It’s ability to sneak in and then nimbly escape, it’s ability to resist spells, and the awful way it can so efficiently dispatch a foe make it a one-sided battle in the right circumstances.

On an even battlefield, you want to lethifold facing you over the Chimaera. But in a dark cave place, or during your adventuring party’s attempts to rest, this is a wonderfully despicable thing to unleash. Especially if the hero on watch is caught by surprise, and the party finds their empty clothing and gear in the morning…

Thank You For Reading

It’s not all spooks. The next two monsters are super tame – a venom spitting, deep-sea critter and a luck-altering lobster. But then it’s the Manticore. You can find the other Fantastic Beasts I have D&D-ified right here.

Author: Rufus Scott

I am a long term Gamer, a full-time History Teacher and a part-time geek. I enjoy writing about the positive aspects of gaming, especially when it comes to education. My posts are sometimes nostalgic, occasionally irrelevant, largely meant to provoke further discussion. I'll sometimes punctuate these whimsical ramblings with a random comment on gaming and/or teaching.

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