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Duergar Bombardier

Alchemy intrigues many duergars, and their cruel traditions often motivate them to experiment on slaves. Eager to inflict pain and justify the abuse as a method of expanding knowledge, duergar bombardiers often accompany slaver bands so they can have the first chance to select their next test subjects from captured victims. To duergar bombardiers, the lob of each bomb represents a new opportunity to observe how their targets react and record the results to enhance future modifications to their alchemical concoctions.

Recall Knowledge - Humanoid (Society): DC 15

Duergar BombardierCreature 1

LEMediumDuergarDwarfHumanoid
Source Bestiary pg. 139
Perception +4; darkvision
Languages Common, Dwarven, Undercommon
Skills Acrobatics +6, Crafting +6, Occultism +6, Stealth +6, Survival +4
Str +1, Dex +3, Con +2, Int +3, Wis +1, Cha -1
Infused Items A duergar bombardier’s items listed as infused last for 24 hours, or until the next time they make their daily preparations.
Items alchemist's tools, infused lesser acid flask (2), infused lesser alchemist's fire (2), studded leather armor, warhammer, infused reagents (2)
AC 18, Fort +7, Ref +8, Will +4; +2 status to all saves vs. magic
HP 20
Light Blindness
Speed 20 feet
Melee Single ActionSingle Action Warhammer +4 (shove), Damage 1d8+1 bludgeoningRanged Single ActionSingle Action Bomb +8 (range increment 30 feet, splash), Effect varies by bombOccult Innate Spells DC 17; 2nd enlarge (self only), invisibility (self only)
Alchemical Formulas (1st) lesser acid flask, lesser alchemist fire, lesser tanglefoot bagFar Lobber The duergar bombardier has a range increment of 30 feet with their bombs instead of 20 feet.Quick Alchemy Single ActionSingle Action The duergar bombardier creates a single alchemical item from their formula book (see Alchemical Formulas). This item has the infused trait, but it remains potent only until the start of the duergar bombardier’s next turn.Quick Bomber Single ActionSingle Action The duergar can use Interact to draw a bomb, then Strike with it.

All Monsters in "Duergar"

NameLevel
Duergar Bombardier1
Duergar Sharpshooter0
Duergar Taskmaster2

Duergar

Source Bestiary pg. 138
Deep beneath the surface, duergars stubbornly claim the ancestral subterranean homelands of the dwarves as their own, having refused to venture to the surface along with their modern dwarven cousins. An exiled dwarven deity named Droskar offered duergars salvation from the horrors of the Darklands, and in exchange duergars endlessly toil in his honor within their subterranean empire. Notorious slavers, duergars regularly raid other Darklands settlements as well as surface communities in constant search of living beings to task with endless amounts of work in their harsh and exhausting settlements.

Duergars are gray-skinned creatures, often referred to as “ashen” by those surface dwarves willing to speak of them. These subterranean dwarves have a strong natural connection with cave-dwelling vermin, and it’s common to see duergar caravans drawn by teams of immense beetles. Most duergars devote themselves to the worship of Droskar, a taskmaster of a god who demands back-breaking toil in addition to regular prayer. Duergar leadership often consists of powerful divine servants of Droskar, along with incredibly stout warriors whose martial prowess ensures they can overcome any direct threat to their rule. Almost every aspect of duergar society is controlled by a strict hierarchy of leadership, with taskmasters directing subordinates across all walks of life.

Sidebar - Locations Duergar Communities

Duergar communities are found deep underground in the ruins of abandoned dwarven cities. Generations of duergar occupation have resulted in the loss of dwarven history as the ashen honor their taskmaster deity by reworking traditional dwarven art into topics that elevate the exiled god. That duergars themselves seem incapable of achieving the heights of artistry mastered by their dwarven ancestors is both a source of frustration and shame that only fosters greater resentment of those who dwell on the surface.

Sidebar - Additional Lore Occult Traditions

Unlike classical dwarven practitioners of magic, duergars have embraced the practice of occultism. All duergars have at least a few innate occult spells, primary among them being the ability to magically increase their size. This power not only aids them in intimidating and bullying their slaves, but also serves as a potent combat option against their many enemies.