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Fey Creatures: Nymphs, Pixies, and the Jabberwocky

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Even with the release of Volo's Guide to Monsters the amount and variety of fey is still somewhat lacking in 5e, particularly in aquatic environments and the underdark (which, let's face it, have always been pretty lacking in fey to begin with). The books are also quite lacking on fey with a high challenge rating. I've decided to remedy this.

A stat block for the Jabberwocky as an epic level foe.

  • Jabberwocky (CR 23): an epic level titan of primeval dreamstuff

You'll find a variety of nymphs, a category of fey bound to specific locations in the wild, which are based on the dryad, along with unique variants for each nymph

  • Naiad: nymphs bound to freshwater sources such as rivers, springs, and waterfalls

    • Glaistig: an adaption of a 3.5 monster, a vampiric fey taken from Scottish mythos

    • Muse: defenders of the arts and patrons of bards

  • Nereid: nymphs bound to oceanic locales, such as specific currents, bays, and tide pools

    • Daughters of Umberlee: servants of the bitch queen who can change into dolphins

    • Sirine: gregarious sirens adapted from 3.5

  • Oread: nymphs bound to a specific mountain who delight in hunting

    • Wahine 'ai honua: a volcanic variant of the oread inspired by Polynesian mythos

  • Lampad: nymphs bound to a particular cavern, often found in the Underdark

  • Vestal: nurturing spirits bound to hearths

  • Boreal: A nymph of ice and snow, ideal for a winter fey

    • Yuki-onna: A winter spirit of Japanese mythos adapted from 3.5

As well as a few variations on the dryad itself

  • Bisan: A dryad inspired by Malaysian mythology bound to spice bearing trees

  • Redwood Dryad: A giant variation on the dryad bound to particularly huge trees

  • Gulthias Dryad: A bloodthirsty dryad bound to a blight spawning gulthias tree

  • Mycodryad: An Underdark equivalent of a dryad bound to zurkhwood fungus

The nymphs come with an optional feature that represents the madness that a nymph descends into when the natural body to which it is bound is destroyed or corrupted.

The nymphs also come with a Wyrd Template. Based on the elemental weirds of 3.5, these beings are oracles of specific domains of insight. To create a wyrd, one simply applies the Wyrd Template to an appropriate nymph.

  • Air: Oracles of travel and revelation.

  • Earth: Oracles of earthly ventures and doom

  • Fire: Oracles of passion, hope, and destruction

  • Water: Oracles of life, death, and the spirit

I've also prepared a handful of pixie variants, classified as faerys:

  • Frost: Friendly winter fey

  • Glouras: Underdark fey with strange whims

  • Nixie: An aquatic, water loving variety of pixie

  • Sylph: Fey spirits of the air that delight in travel

The faerys also come with an option for swarms of fairies, known as faeryblooms. Adapted from the Petals detailed in 3.5, faeryblooms combine their magic to grant themselves more powerful spellcasting, resulting in higher DC's.

  • Faerybloom Bouquet (CR 3):

  • Faerybloom Garden (CR 5):

Shaedling: What drow are to elves is what the web weaving shaedlings are to pixies

And variations on the sprite

  • Atomie: Dashing fey champions capable of shrinking their foes adapted from AD&D

  • Bramble: Wicked sprites of the Unseelie Court, adapted from AD&D

  • Grig: A more funloving variety of the sprite with the body and musical fondness of a cricket, adapted from 3.5

  • Koropokkuru: Cold climate sprites with a fondness for mortals based off of Ainu mythology

Since the faerys get a swarm variant, I figure that sprites should get one, too.

  • Regiment of Sprites (CR 5): Sprites will regiment in order to defend their homes or their fey lords.

I also included the following fungal Underdark variants of plant creatures.

  • Mycotreant: A variation on the treant based on the zurkhwood mushroom

  • Shambling mold: a fungal variation on the shambling mound with three sub-varieties based on the three varieties of mold detailed in the *Dungeon Master's Guide* and *Volo's Guide to Monsters*

v02. Added usage details for nymphs

Created boreal

Expanded powers for wyrds

Added examples of potential wyrds for story usage

Classified pixies and subsequent variants as faerys

Changed petal from monster variant to spellcasting variant

Added frost and glouras variants for faerys

Created the coure template for the faerys

Made Shaedling its own unique creature.

Added atomie and bramble sprite variants

v03.

Added table of contents and monster by challenge rating table

Removed the petal spellcasting option from faerys (will release this concept again in an easier to implement form in a later project)

Adjusted the atomie, bramble, and grig variants in the interest of balance and clarity

v04.

Added the faerybloom and regiment of sprites

 
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Stryke R May 27, 2017 12:38 am UTC
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My only criticism would be to include a table of contents and/or an index. Awesome work!
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Chris B January 18, 2017 11:17 pm UTC
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Hi! I thought you might want to know that I've included your fey folk in my roundup of the best of the DM's Guild for January over on loottheroom.uk. Really looking forward to your future releases!
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Edward T January 20, 2017 11:32 pm UTC
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Thanks man! I really appreciate it!
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Edward T January 20, 2017 11:49 pm UTC
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I'm already planning several new additions to this work. Looking to adapt some more pixies and sprites from 2e, as well as provide more fey options for the Winter Court, since right now those options amount to the bheur hag and not much else.
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Chris B January 21, 2017 6:33 am UTC
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That sounds great! I can't wait to see what you do. I've updated the post on my site to let people know ot look out for that coming out. Looking forward to it!
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Edward T January 23, 2017 10:47 pm UTC
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Just updated it, and I still have more creatures planned.
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