Nereid

Nereid Creature 10

CN Medium Aquatic Fey Water

Senses Perception +20; low-light vision

Languages Aquan, Common, Sylvan

Skills Athletics +12 (+18 to Swim), Deception +20, Diplomacy +22, Stealth +22

Str +0, Dex +7, Con +5, Int +3, Wis +5, Cha +7


AC 30; Fort +16, Ref +22, Will +18

HP 175; Immunities poison; Weaknesses cold iron 10

Watery Transparency (primal, transmutation, water) When underwater, the nereid’s body is invisible. The nereid can dismiss or resume this transparency as an action that has the concentrate trait.


Speed 25 feet, swim 50 feet

Melee [one-action] poisonous touch +23 (agile, finesse, magical), Damage 6d6 poison

Primal Innate Spells DC 29; 6th summon elemental (water elementals only); 5th control water, elemental form (×3, water only) 4th suggestion

Drowning Touch [two-actions] (conjuration, incapacitation, primal, water) The nereid touches a creature and causes water from its own body to flow into the creature’s lungs. If the creature cannot breathe water, it must attempt a DC 29 Fortitude save.

Success The creature is unaffected and is temporarily immune to Drowning Touch for 24 hours.

Failure The creature becomes sickened 3 as it chokes on the water.

Critical Failure The creature chokes on the water and runs out of air. It falls unconscious and starts drowning. If the creature is above water, it recovers from drowning as soon as it succeeds at a saving throw against suffocation.

Manifest Shawl [three-actions] (conjuration, primal) The nereid divests themself of part of their connection to the world of the fey and imbues this essence into a flowing shawl that enables them to function on land. The nereid can Dismiss this effect as long as they are touching the shawl. As long as the shawl exists, the nereid gains the amphibious trait. A non- nereid who carries the shawl also gains the amphibious trait. If a nereid’s shawl is destroyed rather than Dismissed, the nereid can’t Manifest a Shawl for 24 hours.

About

Nereids are aquatic fey with deep ties to water. They share some similarities with naiads, but they are not guardians and do not bind themselves to a specific body of water. Although they are primarily aquatic creatures, their unique ability to imbue their vitality into a supernatural shawl allows them to travel on land as well. A nereid must be careful when manifesting a shawl, however, as their life essence is bound to it, so it can be stolen or destroyed to threaten the nereid.

Nereids prefer to exist in isolation. Left to their own devices, they avoid combat, but when forced to fight, their ability to transform the natural waters in their flesh into poison serves them as well as any weapon.

Often, ignorant sailors lump all water-dwelling fey into a single category of “aquatic tempters,” regardless of the fey’s type or gender, using these creatures’ names interchangeably to represent the concept of a beautiful figure who exists to lure mortals to a drowning death. Whereas naiads have more patience and often seek to educate the ignorant regarding the harm that stereotypes can cause, nereids and rusalkas have little patience for such methods. Rusalkas are the primary source for the legends of fey preying upon sailors, and nereids loathe them for that, as they prefer to live apart from humanity and enjoy the beauty of the natural world in peace.

When a nereid learns of a rusalka’s increased activity, it often seeks out the rusalka to route them—not so much out of an urge to protect humanoids (in whom nereids traditionally have little interest), but to prevent the rusalka from inadvertently riling up violent responses from humanoids who can’t be bothered to note the difference between a murderous fey and one who just wants to be left alone.

A nereid’s shawl has Hardness 1 and 4 Hit Points (BT 2). If the shawl is broken, it no longer grants the amphibious trait. If it’s destroyed, it melts away into water, and the nereid who created it becomes doomed 1 and drained 1. These conditions values increase by 1 every 2d6 hours thereafter until it creates a new shawl.

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