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Vampire Lord Abner (Challenge 11 Boss)


At the top of a starlit palace resides Lord Abner, a century-old vampire waiting to do battle with any man foolish enough to think he can stand a chance. Abner promises to be a challenge against even a veteran party of 8th to 11th level. Having studied the arts of combat for decades, Lord Abner is a master swordsman versed in all manner of bladed weapons. From his changing attack patterns to his curious history with weapons, your players will be on the edge of their seats by the time Abner forsakes his shield in lieu of a second weapon.

Abner can be thought of as 3 combats in one encounter. In his first phase he uses a longsword and shield and is fond of using superiority die to disarm opponents. During his second phase he abandons his shield for the sake of dealing more damage using a combination of longsword and shortsword, and leans toward more forceful tactics. During his last phase he summons animated greatsword Lillith from the queen's throne to join the fight.

While an environment and history is provided in the pdf, this encounter can function as a drop-in boss fight to supplement an existing campaign. This document includes:

  • One legendary monster card for each of Abner's 3 phases
  • The tactics Abner uses in each phase
  • An overview of Abner's backstory
  • Notes on the design process
  • Loot & treasure
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April 20th, 2016
Vampire Lord Abner is a good encounter released at the right time with the Curse of Strad out right now. The Encounter is well thought out and has several Phases of combat. I think anyone wanting a more cinimatic version of a Boss fight will find this [...]
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This title was added to our catalog on March 12, 2016.