Invisible Stalker: Death on the Wind

I would have laughed really hard if they just hadn’t put a drawing on this page. Go all the way and make it completely invisible. Not even the DM can know what it truly looks like!

Lore: Enslaving the Wind

An air elemental transformed by powerful magic, an invisible stalker exists for one purpose: to serve its master. Whether that be through hunting prey or retrieving an item, it will continue to fulfill its given purpose until its bond is broken and its form dispelled. Should a task be given outside of those two, the bond will be broken. Only when a task is given will the invisible stalker leave its master’s side. It will loath every moment of this, and will pervert any order given unless it is very carefully worded.

There are a few more paragraphs, but they just explain what you might already know. Like the fact that it is invisible and it takes magic to see it. I feel like you don’t need lore to explain that.

Still, what lore is given has potential. Maybe the party can turn a disgruntled stalker against its master. Or… uh… yeah, that’s all I could think of. But I’m sure you guys could come up with something.

Design: Silent Death

Does this thing look like a World of Warcraft monster, or am I misremembering what those looked like?

“Get inside me while I get inside you.” *Rips your throat out*

It does look suitably angry. I’ve seen that exact expression on many a worker at my jobs. You can tell that this thing wants to be anywhere but where it is now.

I also love how ethereal the monster looks. Not just because it’s invisible, but also because it’s an air elemental. You can just hear the wind howling as it moves. A mighty beast that shakes the earth with each step, this is not. This monster is silent and deadly.

Yes, I did just compare it to a fart. No, I won’t apologize.

Stats: A Shadowy Breeze

Oh. This is a pretty disappointing monster in terms of combat. Not surprising; invisible enemies are always a pain in the ass.

It’s not just invisible, it’s a freaking tank! Its AC is nothing special, but its HP hangs just over the triple digit mark. Not only that, but it is resistant to all non-magical melee damage and completely immune to both poison and conditions.

Its actions are pretty simple. It can slam into you twice per turn, which can deal decent if not dangerous damage. Not the most interesting move set in the world, especially for an air elemental. Why not give it some wind powers or let it choke its enemies like in the artwork?

The only ability of interest is Faultless Tracker. With this, the stalker knows the locations of its selected prey and its summoner at all times. Basically, this gives it the power of the Terminator. This could make for an interesting scenario; maybe the players need to flee an invisible stalker until they find the necessary spell to reveal it and make it vulnerable.

But the fight itself? Just another boring slugfest. Yawn.

Placement

This is a fairly underwhelming monster. While the concept is cool and its design is neat, the lore and the stats leave something to be desired. It’s far from the worst addition to any campaign, but also far from the best.

With all that in mind, let’s put the Invisible Stalker on the Best of the Bestiary!

  1. Beholder
  2. Death Tyrant
  3. Dragon Turtle
  4. Green Dragons
  5. Red Dragons
  6. Blue Dragons
  7. Black Dragons
  8. White Dragons
  9. Silver Dragons
  10. Couatl
  11. Behir
  12. Aboleth
  13. Sea Hag
  14. Bronze Dragons
  15. Brass Dragons
  16. Copper Dragons
  17. Gold Dragons
  18. Chuul
  19. Gibbering Mouther
  20. Intellect Devourer
  21. Chimera
  22. Death Knight
  23. Fomorian
  24. Bone Devil
  25. Dracolich
  26. Faerie Dragon
  27. Hobgoblins
  28. Night Hag
  29. Green Hag
  30. Ankheg
  31. Hook Horror
  32. Storm Giant
  33. Hill Giant
  34. Empyrean
  35. Efreeti
  36. Grimlock
  37. Dao
  38. Cloud Giant
  39. Drow (all four of ’em)
  40. Shadow Demon
  41. Marilith
  42. Drider
  43. Aarackockra
  44. Azer
  45. Demilich
  46. Spectator
  47. Hydra
  48. Marid
  49. Harpy
  50. Half-Dragon
  51. Cambion
  52. Fire Giant
  53. Animated Armor
  54. Banshee
  55. Basilisk
  56. Yochlol
  57. Bulette
  58. Cloaker
  59. Darkmantle
  60. Doppelganger
  61. Ghoul and Ghast
  62. Ettin
  63. Pit Fiend
  64. Erinyes
  65. Chain Devil
  66. Bearded Devil
  67. Barbed Devil
  68. Spined Devil
  69. Ice Devil
  70. Djinni
  71. Nalfeshnee
  72. Glabrezu
  73. Chasme
  74. Grell
  75. Barlgura
  76. Horned Devil
  77. Balor
  78. Shadow Dragon
  79. Vrock
  80. Dretch
  81. Gnolls (all three)
  82. Goristro
  83. Hezrou
  84. Manes
  85. Frost Giant
  86. Duergar
  87. Quasit
  88. Dryad
  89. Flumph
  90. Goblin
  91. Githyanki
  92. Planetar
  93. Imp
  94. Clay Golem
  95. Flameskull
  96. Displacer Beast
  97. Carrion Crawler
  98. Githzerai
  99. Grick
  100. Invisible Stalker <———————-
  101. Rug of Smothering
  102. Bugbear Chief
  103. Bugbear
  104. Flesh Golem
  105. Vine Blight
  106. Twig Blight
  107. Needle Blight
  108. Bullywug
  109. Hellhound
  110. Ettercap
  111. Gas Spore
  112. Cockatrice
  113. Lemure
  114. Homonculus
  115. Solar
  116. Deva
  117. Gorgon
  118. Hippogriff
  119. Griffon
  120. Cyclops
  121. Centaur
  122. Ghost
  123. Fire Elemental
  124. Water Elemental
  125. Air Elemental
  126. Stone Giant
  127. Deep Gnome
  128. Dinosaurs (All six of them)
  129. Iron Golem
  130. Stone Golem
  131. Earth Elemental
  132. Galeb Duhr
  133. Helmed Horror
  134. Flying Sword
  135. Crawling Claw
  136. Violet Fungus
  137. Shrieker
  138. Gargoyle
,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: