Caryatid Column (5e Creature)
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Medium construct, unaligned
Proficiency Bonus +2
False Appearance. While the caryatid column remains motionless, it is indistinguishable from a normal statue.
Immutable Form. The caryatid column is immune to any spell or effect that would alter its form.
Magic Weapons. The caryatid column's weapon attacks are magical.
Shatter Weapon. A non-adamantine weapon that scores a critical hit on a caryatid column is shattered after the damage is resolved. This does not affect unarmed strikes. Ammunition that hits the caryatid column is destroyed.
Multiattack. The caryatid column makes two melee attacks.
Sword. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 8 (1d8 + 4) slashing damage.
A caryatid is a sculpted female figure serving as an architectural support. A typical caryatid resembles a slender human female wielding a sword. They are often found in pairs, supporting an entablature over the doorway they are guarding. Since they are cheaper to produce than stone golems, they might be found in colonnades of up to a dozen.
A caryatid is the bane of melee adversaries, as her key defensive feature is to sunder weapons that strike her. The harder they strike, the faster they break. Uninformed players with improved critical hit ranges, such as the fighter champion, may find their favorite weapon rendered unusable. A fair DM will provide some clue to the caryatid's nature through the environment (the floor is littered with snapped blades) or knowledge (an Arcana check.)
Variant: Greater Caryatid Column
Some caryatids are of superior quality and decorated with a gilded surface. A greater caryatid column has 57 (6d8 + 30) hit points, and their sword attack deals 13 (2d8 + 4) slashing damage. They have a challenge rating of 4 and their shatter weapon trait is replaced with the following trait.
Greater Shatter Weapon. A non-adamantine weapon that hits a caryatid column is shattered after the damage is resolved. This does not affect unarmed strikes. Ammunition that hits the caryatid column is destroyed.