Winter Lantern (5e Creature)
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Medium aberration, neutral evil
Saving Throws Str +4, Wis +6
Ethereal Song All creatures within 120ft. of the Winter Lantern that can hear must make a Wisdom saving throw. On an unsuccessful save, the creature is compelled to look at the Winter Lantern. The save must be remade if a creature starts its turn within the area of effect. Creatures immune to Charm are immune to this effect.
Horrific Visage If a creature can see the Winter Lantern, that creature must make a Wisdom saving throw. On an unsuccessful save, the creature takes 10 (2d8 + 4) psychic damage. Creatures that use Blindsight are immune to this effect. (This effect only activates once per creature's turn.)
Terrifying Presence The Winter Lantern has advantage on Intimidation checks against creatures which can see it.
Tentacle Grapple Melee Attack: +2 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 6 (1d10 + 2) bludgeoning damage. On a successful hit, the target must make a Strength (Athletics) saving throw. If the target is unsuccessful, it is grappled. The target may remake the Strength (Athletics) check at the beginning of each of its turns.
Rapid Bites If a creature is grappled by the Winter Lantern, as an action the Winter Lantern can make up to three bite attacks against that creature.
Bite Melee Attack: +2 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 4 (1d6 + 2) piercing damage.
Winter Lanterns are horrific creatures from a far off, unknowable plane. It is unknown how they end up found across the lands, but rumors suggest they spawn forth when a mother kills their child in cold blood. Those who have encountered a Winter Lantern and survived know not to look directly at one, as just witnessing it's terrible form can cause irreversible harm.
The Winter Lantern appear as tall, humanoid creatures with a huge, writhing mass of eyes and tentacles for a head. The humanoid lower half of the creature almost always appear to be of female Human or Elven origin, donning very basic robes that are always drenched in a blood-like liquid. The Winter Lantern's nightmarish head is covered in eyes of various shapes and sizes. All of the eyes are staring, yet seem to not actually perceive at which they stare. Hidden within the head of the creature, there are also long tentacles and multiple mouths filled with razor sharp teeth. The Winter Lantern will conceal these appendages until a target is within range of them.
The Winter Lantern's tell that one is near is a soft, hummed song which all of them seem to know. The ethereal song sounds as though it is being hummed right into your ear, yet can be heard anywhere within a great distance surrounding the creatures.