The Necromancer’s Workshop – The Sloth Zombie

Solomon Grundy Deluxe Action Figure

Come, come. Follow me. Right this way. Oh quiet, you’re buying undead minions from me, you don’t get to complain about the smell of formaldehyde. Watch your step, you don’t want to slip in that. Ah. Here we are – my greatest work yet. You can come closer, it won’t bite. It hasn’t been animated yet. But you can get a sense of the scale of the creature. These creatures serve as a strong and capable centerpiece of any undead army. I would not be doing my job if I let you walk out of here without at least pledging for at least several of these.

Sloth Zombie

The sloth zombie is created through a process of sewing together several different cadavers to create a large body. Then a spirit of sloth is summoned and slaved to the body before it is animated, creating a powerful creature of undeath. The sloth zombie does not shamble like its lesser brethren, but instead takes long and strong, albeit slow and deliberate strides, across the battlefield. They lash out with their powerful fists, grabbing whatever foes they can grab and draining them of their life energy with the powers of the sloth spirit. They are big and capable of taking a lot of damage, but they are slow to move. This means that they can be surrounded and quickly destroyed by a force superior in numbers. For that reason they are usually augmented by other undead monsters to keep quicker moving enemies engaged while the sloth zombie approaches.

Large undead, neutral evil

Solomon Grundy Deluxe Action Figure


Armor Class        8
Hit Points            57 (6d10+24)
Speed                   15 ft.

Strength              16 (+3)
Dexterity             6 (-2)
Constitution      18 (+4)
Intelligence       3 (-4)
Wisdom               6 (-2)
Charisma             5 (-3)

Saving Throws                   Wis +0
Damage Immunities       poison
Senses                  darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 8
Languages           understands all languages it knew in life but can’t speak
Challenge           1 (200 XP)

Undead Fortitude. If damage reduces the sloth zombie to 0 hits points, it must make a Constitution saving throw with a DC equal to 5 + the damage taken, unless the damage is radiant or from a critical hit. On a success, the zombie drops to 1 hit point instead.

 Actions

Multiattack. The sloth zombie makes 2 slam attacks. If both attacks hit a Medium or smaller target, the target is grappled (escape DC 14) and the sloth zombie uses Enervate on it.

 Slam. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit 10 (2d6+3) bludgeoning damage

 Enervate. The sloth zombie drains the life force from a target that it has grappled. Each turn the sloth zombie starts its turn grappling the creature, the creature must make a DC 14 Constitution save or suffer one level of exhaustion. If the sloth zombie moves, the grappled targets moves with it. The zombie can only grapple one creature at a time.

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Ben Erickson

Ben Erickson

Contributing Writer for d20 Radio
A long time gamer and even longer time 'designer,' Ben has been doing system tinkering and creation since grade school. He was introduced to the world of gaming through the boxed introductory set of West End Games Star Wars Roleplaying Game. Apart from game writing, he enjoys dabbling in other forms of writing, from short stories and poetry to (more recently) song lyrics. You can also find him trying to keep up on the latest books, movies, and television shows (a task that grows more and more daunting each year).
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