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Lesser Death

No one is quite sure what lesser deaths are, though some claim that they are avatars of the grim reaper. Unlike that strange hunter, however, lesser deaths hunt in packs on rare occasions. More often than not, they manifest from cursed magic items. Other times, they are just the enactors of death, hunting in the same way the grim reaper does— silently, with neither remorse nor quarter. Rarely, multiple lesser deaths work together to cull a large population, their scythes cutting through crowds and leaving entire cities devoid of life, inspiring (hopefully) false rumors of multiple grim reapers.

Recall Knowledge (Religion): DC 40

Lesser DeathCreature 16

RareNEMediumUndead
Source Bestiary pg. 197
Perception +32; darkvision, see invisibility, status sight, true seeing
Languages Common, Necril
Skills Acrobatics +33, Athletics +28, Deception +30, Intimidation +32, Religion +30, Society +26, Stealth +35
Str +6, Dex +9, Con +6, Int +4, Wis +6, Cha +6
Death’s Grace The lesser death can choose whether or not it counts as undead for effects that affect undead differently. Even if it does not count as undead, the grim reaper still never counts as a living creature.
Status Sight The lesser death automatically knows the Hit Points, conditions, afflictions, and emotions of all creatures it can see.
Items scythe
AC 39, Fort +30, Ref +33, Will +32; +1 status to all saves vs. magic
HP 255 (negative healing); Immunities death effects, disease, paralyzed, poison, unconscious
Aura of Misfortune (aura, divination, divine, misfortune) 20 feet. Living creatures in the aura must roll twice on all d20 rolls and use the lower result.
Negative Healing The lesser death can choose whether or not it takes positive damage.
Lurking Death ReactionReaction (teleportation); Trigger A creature within 60 feet makes a ranged attack or uses an action that has the concentrate, manipulate, or move trait. Effect The lesser death teleports to a square adjacent to the triggering creature and makes a melee Strike against it. If the Strike hits, the lesser death disrupts the triggering action.
Speed 50 feet, fly 40 feet
Melee Single ActionSingle Action keen scythe +32 (agile, deadly 2d10, magical, reach 10 feet, trip), Damage 3d10+14 slashing plus 1d12 negativeDivine Innate Spells DC 38; Constant (6th) true seeing; (3rd) haste; (2nd) see invisibility
Infuse Weapon (divine, evocation) Any scythe gains the agile trait, can’t be disarmed, and becomes a +3 major striking keen scythe while the grim reaper wields it. If the grim reaper Strikes a creature with a weakness to any specific type of damage, the scythe’s damage counts as that type of damage, in addition to slashing.

All Monsters in "Grim Reaper"

NameLevel
Grim Reaper21
Lesser Death16

Grim Reaper

Source Bestiary pg. 196
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Dead Man's Hand

Decks of cards are a traditional method used to tell a person’s fortune, but legends hold that certain cards or combinations of unfortunate draws can attract the attention of the grim reaper. Specialized fortune-telling decks, such as the Harrow, might not feature the visage of the grim reaper directly, but to the paranoid, death could lurk in any unfortunate hand of cards.

Grim Reaper Treasure

The grim reaper keeps no treasure, but sometimes lesser deaths hang on to strange keepsakes from those whom they have slain—especially in cases where a lesser death has set its unholy sight on an extended family or faction.