Monster Mania: Nothic


It seems that there is no shortage of spellcasters looking to achieve a higher form of existence through arcane means, and while some are able to attain monstrous power others are tricked into a life of horror and isolation. A Nothic is the result of a spellcaster experimenting with dark magics and is ultimately cursed into their new form. When a Nothic is created it has no recollection of its past life nor its expertise in the use of the arcane. The only semblance of their old life is the Nothic’s almost magnetic pull towards areas with concentration of magical knowledge or energy.

Because of this transformation Nothics may lose their magical prowess, but gain enhanced physical attributes in the form of improved sight and claws. What is left of their spellcasting has been adapted into their physicality, specifically Nothics have the ability to ascertain weaknesses in their adversaries and they have a rotting gaze. The attack is essentially a concentrated necrotic attack that does a decent amount of damage.

There are a lot of ways a Nothic could be leveraged into a campaign. An example would be conscripting Nothic’s into essentially becoming librarians for a massive collection of manuscripts and scrolls. Their instinctual pull towards the arcane would make them perfect protectors of that same knowledge. All in all Nothic’s are poor souls that were tricked and cursed by a being with far more power and vitriolic hatred than should exist.

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