What Writhes Within
Spawn of Kyuss
Spawn of Kyuss
Medium undead, chaotic evil
Armor Class 11 (natural armor)
Hit Points 45 (7d8 + 14)
Speed 30 ft.
STR 18 (2)
INT 6 (-2)
WIS 11 (2)
Saving Throws: Con +2, Wis +2
Skills Perception +2, Stealth +1
Damage Resistances necrotic; bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing from nonmagical weapons
Damage Immunities poison
Condition Immunities charmed, frightened, paralyzed, poisoned, stunned
Senses Darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 12
Challenge 3 (700 XP)
The spawn regains 10 hit points at the start of its turn if it has at least 1 hit point. If the spawn takes radiant damage, this trait doesn’t function at the start of the spawn’s next turn.
The spawn has advantage on saving throws against any effect that turns undead.
Remove curse or remove disease or more powerful effects that duplicate these effects remove the spawn’s Regeneration, Turn Resistance, Horrific Appearance, Create Spawn, Kyuss Gift, Kyuss Worm, and all resistances and immunities except for poison and poisoned.
If a spawn hits a creature with a Slam attack or Kyuss Worm attack, it transfers a Kyuss Worm to the creature. The worm is a tiny vermin with AC 10 and 1 hit point. During this time, the worm can be killed by normal damage or the touch of silver. On the spawn’s next turn, the worm burrows into the flesh of its target (creatures with natural armor 1 rounds later. When inside a victim, the worm can be destroyed by remove curse or remove disease (or spells that duplicate these effects); dispel evil or neutralize poison delays its progress for 10d6 minutes. These spells affect multiple worms within the same victim. Worms cannot survive outside of a host for more than 1 round. A DC 20 Wisdom (Medicine) check extracts the worm and kills it.
Once the worm reaches the victim’s brain, it inflicts 1d2 points of temporary Intelligence damage per round until it is destroyed or the victim reaches 0 Intelligence, at which point the host dies and rises as a spawn of Kyuss 1d6+4 rounds later. Small, Medium, and Large creatures become spawn as described above; smaller creatures quickly putrefy rather than becoming spawn; larger creatures become normal zombies. Spawn (and spawned zombies) are not under the control of their parent but usually follow after whatever spawn created them.
Any creature that touches a spawn with an unarmed strike or other natural weapon is immediately attacked by 1d4 worms.
Multiattack.The spawn makes two attacks: either two Slam attacks or two Kyuss Worm attacks. It can use its Horrifying Appearance in place of an attack.
Slam. Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 7 (1d6 + 4) bludgeoning damage. If the target is a creature, a Kyuss worm is transferred to the creature.
Kyuss Worm. Ranged Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, range 10 ft./20 ft., one target. Hit: A Kyuss worm is transferred to the target.
Horrifying Appearance. Each non-undead creature within 40 feet of the spawn that can see it must succeed on a DC 13 Wisdom saving throw or be frightened for 1 minute. A frightened target can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the frightened condition on itself on a success. If a target’s saving throw is successful or the effect ends for it, the target is immune to this spawn’s Horrifying Visage for the next 24 hours.