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Death, Lesser

Lesser Death Creature16

Rare NE Medium Undead

Senses 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

Items scythe Death’s Grace As grim reaper.

Status Sight As grim reaper.

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.

As grim reaper.

Negative Healing A lesser death can choose whether or not it takes positive damage.

Lurking Death [reaction] (teleportation) As grim reaper, except the triggering creature must be within 60 feet.

Speed 50 feet, fly 40 feet

Melee [one-action] keen scythe +32 (agile, deadly 2d10, magical, reach 10 feet, trip), Damage 3d10+14 slashing plus 1d12 negative

Divine 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 +2 greater Striking keen scythe while the lesser death wields it.


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.

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