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The Book of Many Eyes - Beholders for 5e

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This title is a compilation of some Beholders that Dungeons & Dragons have had in the past, but don’t have a 5e version yet.

These are all I found, but if you find any other beholder that existed in D&D and don't have a 5e version yet, you can comment here and I'll add it.

If you find any error or problem with this document, please let me know.

This is the list of beholders found in this title (some of them have variations. there are a total of 24 block stats) .

- Astereater 
- Beholder Mage 
- Beholder Mage Veteran 
- Beholder Spawn 
- Director 
- Elder Orb 
- Examiner 
- Eye of Flame 
- Eye of Frost 
- Eye of Shadow 
- Eye of The Deep 
- Eyeball 
- Ghost Beholder 
- Doomsphere 
- Gorbel 
- Gouger 
- Hive Mother 
- Kasharin 
- Lensman 
- Observer 
- Orbus 
- Overseer 
- Watcher

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Devin C March 22, 2023 12:16 am UTC
Reading the preview description of elder orb, there are some potential issues with the death tyrants:

The dominate monster spell only allows control for 1 hour with concentration. It can only be cast once per day. Therefore, I fail to see how the elder orb ever controls more than 1 death tyrant, and even then, only for 1 hour if it keeps concentration AND if the death tyrant fails its save (which it will only do 60% of the time).

Furthermore, the create death tyrant ability only works on a single death tyrant and only once per day. That means at best an elder orb can create a single death tyrant and then keep control of it day-after-day by recasting create death tyrant on it (since animate dead lets you maintain control for 24 hours by recasting it). It could also control another death tyrant 60% of the time for 1 hour with concentration.

If you want the elder orb to control death tyrants, then just let it be so. Get rid of the control death tyrant ability altogether and...See more
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Devin C March 22, 2023 12:21 am UTC
My suggested wording:

Once per day, an elder orb can concentrate for a minute on the corpse of a dead beholder. Thereafter, the dead beholder rises as a death tyrant under the control of the elder orb. This control lasts until the elder orb is killed. An elder orb cannot use this ability on the corpse of a death tyrant. An elder orb can simultaneously have a number of death tyrants under its control from this ability equal to its Intelligence bonus (usually 6). If it tries to create a new death tyrant that brings the total controlled over its limit, then the ability fails.
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Alex D November 17, 2019 9:48 pm UTC
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Can I use that book for a module for I want to publish
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Xacur A November 19, 2019 12:58 am UTC
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Of course, no problem.
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Aldo S June 24, 2019 4:24 pm UTC
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Great book.

On pag. 7, in the description of "Cold Ray", I think there is a misprint: is written "(8d8) fire damage", I guess should be cold damage.
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Ricardo M October 02, 2018 10:39 am UTC
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What would be the damage of the Fire Ray(Eye of Flame) and Cold Ray(Eye of Frost)?
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Matheus A September 17, 2018 7:40 pm UTC
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First of all i'm running a spelljammer campaing and that is going to be really usefull for me but as i started to read it i started seeing some things that are hard for me to make sense.
First, Beholder mages loose their middle eye after they become beholder mages so why do they still have their Antimagic cone? (And if they lost it, what would their CR be?), if one does not take the middle eyestalk of the beholder mage it just looks like an alternative elder orb.

Also the flavour text in some of the descriptions sound a bit weird, most just refer to the monster as "The beholder" even if it is not a pure beholder.

But anyhow i really like the book, i just wished more coherence with it

(Sorry if i misspelled something, english is not my native language.)
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Karen M June 16, 2018 8:55 pm UTC
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I like the book alot as beholders are a classic enemy and i always want more variants, but i have to say that The Hive Mother's and Overseer's B ite attack is pretty ridiculous. It has +20 to hit and if it exceeds the targets ac by 5 or more, the target is swallowed. if the mother rolls a 2-19, it's a 22-39 to hit so if your party has an ac range of 17 or less to 34 they will ALWAYS be hit unless the Hive mother rolls a 1 and they will ALWAYS be swallowed. what even...? lol
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Xacur A June 17, 2018 3:06 pm UTC
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Yes, it's an error, it should be +14 (6 for proficiency bonus and +8 for strength), which is on pair with other CR20 monsters.
Thanks for pointing it out, I'll add it to the list of things to change for the next version.
And thank you for the comment.
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Karen M June 20, 2018 3:31 am UTC
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ah, i see. Cool.
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PAUL J June 16, 2018 3:18 am UTC
I thought beholders were considered product identity, and expressly excluded from SRD5.
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Benjamin H June 16, 2018 4:43 pm UTC
That only matters if you are publishing somewhere other than DM's Guild. The benefit of publishing on DM's Guild is that you are allowed to reference / use any and all D&D material (provided it is setting generic, Forgotten Realms, or Ravenloft).
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