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Lampad Queen

Lampad queens are capricious monarchs and protectors of vast underground domains, regarded in ballads and tales as allies and foes, monsters and muses. Lampad queens have a particular animosity for the many predominantly evil underground ancestries, such as drow and duergar, and they are particularly fond of bats. Many lampad queens have nykteras (page 254) as favored attendants.

Recall Knowledge - Fey (Nature): DC 36

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Lampad QueenCreature 15

UncommonCNMediumEarthFeyNymph
Source Bestiary 3 pg. 189
Perception +27; darkvision
Languages Aklo, Common, Sylvan, Terran, Undercommon; stone tell
Skills Acrobatics +27, Athletics +28, Deception +31, Diplomacy +33, Intimidation +33, Nature +27, Occultism +27, Performance +29, Society +25, Stealth +27
Str +3, Dex +8, Con +7, Int +4, Wis +4, Cha +8
Cavern Empathy The lampad queen can use Diplomacy to Make an Impression on and make very simple Requests of subterranean animals, plants, and fungi, as well as stones.
Tied to the Land A lampad queen is intrinsically tied to a specific underground region, usually a cave system. As long as the queen is healthy, the environment is exceptionally resilient, allowing the lampad queen to automatically attempt to counteract spells and rituals that would harm the environment, such as blight, with a +30 counteract modifier and a counteract level of 8. When the lampad queen becomes physically or psychologically unhealthy, however, their warded region eventually becomes twisted or unhealthy as well. In that case, restoring the lampad queen swiftly heals the entire region.
AC 39; Fort +26, Ref +29, Will +25
HP 234; Weaknesses cold iron 10
Nymph's Beauty (aura, emotion, enchantment, incapacitation, mental, primal, visual) 30 feet. Creatures that start their turn in the aura must succeed at a DC 33 Will save or be confused by the lampad queen's unearthly beauty for 1 minute. While confused by this effect, the creature's confused actions never include harming the lampad queen.
Speed 30 feet, climb 30 feet (on stone only)
Melee Single ActionSingle Action earthen fist +29 [+25/+21] (agile, finesse), Damage 3d10+9 bludgeoning plus 1d6 mentalRanged Single ActionSingle Action light wisp +29 [+24/+19] (magical, range increment 60 feet), Damage 2d8+9 mental plus 2d6 fire and 2d6 positivePrimal Prepared Spells DC 38; 8th earthquake, summon plant or fungus; 7th energy aegis, regenerate, volcanic eruption; 6th flesh to stone, slow, stoneskin; 5th death ward, passwall, wall of stone; 4th fly, freedom of movement, resist energy; 3rd earthbind (×2), haste; 2nd animal messenger, enlarge, faerie fire; 1st ant haul, fleet step, gust of wind; Cantrips (8th) detect magic, electric arc, guidance, prestidigitation, stabilize
Primal Innate Spells DC 38; 8th pummeling rubble; 7th heal; 4th shape stone; 3rd meld into stone (at will); 2nd faerie fire; Cantrips (8th) dancing lights; Constant (6th) stone tell
Change Shape Single ActionSingle Action (polymorph, primal, transmutation) Lampad queens can transform between their original form, which looks much like a typical nymph of their kind, and any Small or Medium humanoid form, typically choosing a version of their natural form that more closely resembles a humanoid.Despairing Weep Single ActionSingle Action (auditory, emotion, enchantment, mental, primal) Frequency once per round; Effect The lampad queen begins a heart-wrenching fit of weeping, inspiring sympathetic sobbing in nearby creatures. Each non-lampad creature within 120 feet who hears the lampad's weeping must succeed at a DC 36 Will save with the effects of crushing despair.Focus Beauty Single ActionSingle Action (emotion, enchantment, incapacitation, mental, primal, visual) The lampad queen focuses their beauty upon a target within their aura. The creature must attempt a Will save. On a failure, it is affected as if by the queen's beauty aura; if it was already affected by the aura, the conflicting emotions from the lampad queen's beauty intensify, causing the target to no longer get a flat check to end the confusion when it takes damage. The lampad queen can use a single action, which has the concentrate trait, to focus the emotions of a confused creature toward a particular emotion, causing it to spend its next turn sobbing uncontrollably, fawning over the lampad queen, or otherwise performing no actions beyond experiencing its emotions. Regardless of the save, the target is temporarily immune to Focus Beauty until the start of the lampad queen's next turn.Inspiration Three ActionsThree Actions (emotion, enchantment, mental, primal) for maestro muse, the status bonus to Performance checks increases to +2 for the purpose of determining the effects of compositions; for polymath muse, the bard gains a +4 status bonus to untrained skill checks; and for all other muses, the Will save bonus increases to +2 against fey.

Sidebar - Additional Lore Reciprocity

Lampad queens tend to change emotions on a whim and mirror what they find in others. Those who treat the queen's domain with respect, they protect and reward, while those who harm it meet their swift wrath. This leads to the vastly differing accounts of the queens' actions.

All Monsters in "Nymph"

NameLevel
Dryad3
Dryad Queen (Hamadryad)13
Hesperid9
Hesperid Queen19
Lampad6
Lampad Queen15
Naiad1
Naiad Queen7

Nymph

Source Bestiary pg. 246
Nymphs are a family of fey that take the form of beautiful humanoids with elven features and have a deep association with the natural world. The most common of their kind are the dryads, which are spirits that embody great trees, but many other kinds of nymphs exist, including naiads, who watch over bodies of water. All nymphs are guardians of some element of nature, typically a specific tree or pond, or even—in the case of nymph queens—whole forests or massive bodies of water.

Nymph Queens

Nymph queens are powerful nymphs that rule over entire regions of untouched wilderness, not just single trees or ponds. Every variety of nymph can have a queen. Naiad queens are among the most prominent, and more often interact with nearby mortals. Thus, some scholars refer to naiad queens as simply “nymphs.”

Nymph Queen Abilities

A nymph queen is 6 to 10 levels higher than an ordinary nymph of the same type, with enhanced numerical statistics and improved Strikes to match. A nymph queen’s ward is a significant region, and she strengthens and vivifies this territory with her presence. Nymph queens are not dependent on their wards and lose the corresponding ability (such as a dryad’s tree dependent ability); instead, they gain the tied to the land ability, as described below. A nymph queen also gains the nymph’s beauty aura and the Focus Beauty action, which have varying effects based on the queen’s original type. She gains the Inspiration ability, allowing her to bestow a gift of inspiration on those who catch her fancy, and the Change Shape ability to change her form. Finally, she gains primal prepared spells as a druid of her level.

Change Shape Single ActionSingle Action (polymorph, primal, transmutation) Nymph queens can transform between their original form, which looks much like a typical nymph of their kind, and any Small or Medium humanoid form, typically choosing a more humanoid-looking version of their natural form.
Focus Beauty Single ActionSingle Action (emotion, enchantment, mental, primal, visual) The nymph queen focuses her beauty upon a target within her aura. The creature must attempt a Will save. On a failure, it is affected as if by the nymph queen’s nymph’s beauty aura; if it was already affected by the aura, it suffers a greater effect described in the nymph queen’s entry. A nymph queen can Focus Beauty on a given creature only once per turn.
Inspiration Three ActionsThree Actions (emotion, enchantment, mental, primal) A nymph queen can inspire a single intelligent creature by giving that creature a token of her favor, typically a lock of her hair. As long as the creature carries her token and remains in good standing with the nymph queen, the creature gains a +1 status bonus to all Crafting checks, Performance checks, and Will saves.
If a nymph queen grants her Inspiration to a bard and the nymph queen is that bard’s muse, the bard gains an additional benefit depending on their muse theme: for lore muse, the bard also gains a +1 status bonus to all Lore checks; for maestro muse, the status bonus to Performance checks increases to +2 for the purpose of determining the effects of compositions; for polymath muse, the bard gains a +4 status bonus to untrained skill checks; and for all other muses, the Will save bonus increases to +2 against fey.
Nymph’s Beauty (aura, emotion, enchantment, mental, primal, visual) 30 feet. Creatures that start their turn in the aura must succeed at a Will save or suffer an effect described in the nymph queen’s entry.
Tied to the Land A nymph queen is intrinsically tied to a specific region, such as a forest for a dryad queen. As long as the queen is healthy, the environment is exceptionally resilient, allowing the nymph queen to automatically attempt to counteract spells and rituals such as blight that would harm the environment, using her Spell DC with a counteract level equal to the highest-level druid spell she can cast. When the nymph queen becomes physically or psychologically unhealthy, however, her warded region eventually becomes twisted or unhealthy as well. In that case, restoring the nymph queen swiftly heals the entire region.

Sidebar - Additional Lore Inspirations for Art

Nymphs are living manifestations of beauty and grace, and as such they are often the subjects of art—sculpture and paintings in particular. Promising a nymph to immortalize them in a work of art can be an excellent way to secure that nymph’s favor, but one should take care to ensure that the nymph admires and is proud of the artistic effort’s final result, lest the nymph be insulted and lash out with her powerful magic.

Sidebar - Locations Nymph Locations

Nymphs tend to be closely associated with specific areas of natural splendor and beauty—woodlands for dryads, rivers for naiads. Areas where nymphs dwell always look more pristine, breathtaking, and scenic than they would otherwise.

Sidebar - Treasure and Rewards Nymph Treasures

Nymphs sometimes carry magical trinkets or wear enchanted clothing or jewelry, but the greatest treasure a nymph queen can share is often her inspiration to those seeking a muse.

Sidebar - Related Creatures Other Nymphs

Naiads and dryads are the most well-known nymphs, but others exist as well. Hesperides, for example, are wards of the sunset and golden light and can be encountered dwelling on coastal cliffsides or remote islands. Lampads, on the other hand, are dark, moody nymphs found in wondrous, crystal-lined caverns deep underground.