Nymphernal (5e Creature)

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Medium monstrosity, unaligned

Armor Class 13
Hit Points 58 (9d8 + 18)
Speed 30 ft., swim 30 ft.

16 (+3) 17 (+3) 14 (+2) 13 (+1) 14 (+2) 6 (-2)

Skills Perception +4, Stealth +5
Proficiency Bonus +2
Senses passive Perception 14
Languages Arthropoid
Challenge 4 (1,100 XP)

Hold Breath. While out of water, the nymphernal can hold its breath for 24 hours.

Sneak Attack (1/Turn). The nymphernal deals an extra 5 (2d4) damage when it hits a target with a weapon attack and has advantage on the attack roll, or when the target is within 5 feet of an ally of the nymphernal that isn't incapacitated and the nymphernal doesn't have disadvantage on the attack roll.

Water Breathing. The nymphernal can only breathe underwater.


Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 25 (4d10 + 3) piercing damage.


Water Jet. The nympheral takes the Dash or Disengage action. If it does so outside of water, it immediately begins suffocating.

Art by Jonathan Wojcik

These creatures are the result of the unnatural fusion between a humanoid and a dragonfly nymph. The nymphernal's slothful movement and equally sluggish metabolism allow it to survive for extended periods between meals, often concealing itself in an algae-choked pool or a wet treefall pit until prey blunders within striking distance of its highly modified lower jaw. This deadly appendage can lash out with enough force to punch neatly through the torso of the average humanoid prey, or even shatter armor plating in a single blow. Like its arthropod base, the nymphernal breathes in aquatic environments through its anal opening, and can force water from the orifice to propel itself in short bursts. So long as it retains a water supply in its abdomen, it can function on land for several days at a time.
Though effectively separate species, nymphernal recognize their root kinship with adult dragonfly fusions, or apteros, and the two monsters have been known to coordinate their hunting tactics to maximize their success, though the calm, calculating and easygoing nymphernal may grow weary of the brash, excitable and sometimes foolhardy apteros. Like apteros, nymphernal make excellent hunting partners and combat monsters, though with an almost polar opposite strategy. They are superb at ambush tactics, often immediately recognizing an ideal vantage point and accurately predicting their target's most likely course of action.

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