Ascian, Overlord (5e Creature)
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Medium fiend (ascian), any evil
Saving Throws Con +11, Int +13, Cha +10
Legendary Resistance. If the ascian fails a saving throw, it can choose to succeed instead.
Magic Resistance. The ascian has advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical effects.
Rejuvenation. If it has a dark crystal, the ascian can possess a new body in 1d10 days, regaining all its hit points and becoming active again.
Spellcasting. The ascian is a 19th-level spellcaster. Its spellcasting ability is Intelligence (spell save DC 21, +13 to hit with spell attacks). The ascian has the following wizard spells prepared:
Cantrips (at will): chill touch, mage hand, minor illusion, prestidigitation, ray of frost
Summon Fiend (1/day). The ascian summons one bone devil, one glabrezu, or one nycaloth. A summoned fiend appears in an unoccupied space within 60 feet of the ascian, acts as an ally of its summoner, and can’t summon other fiends. It remains for 1 minute, until it or its summoner dies, or until the ascian dismisses it as an action.
Dark Touch. Melee Spell Attack: +13 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 18 (4d8) necrotic damage.
The ascian can take 3 legendary actions, choosing from the options below. Only one legendary action option can be used at a time and only at the end of another creature's turn. The ascian regains spent legendary actions at the start of its turn.
Cantrip. The ascian casts a cantrip.
Ascian overlords are the rulers of their order, giving commands to their lesser brethren and orchestrating the chaos needed to bring about the Rejoining of Zodiark.
Thirteen Darknesses. There are thirteen ascian overlords at any given time, and they are distinguished from the rank-and-file by personalized red half-masks. If one should be killed, a lesser ascian can be promoted to take the slain overlord’s place.
Distant Manipulators. Ascian overlords rarely get directly involved in the affairs of the material plane, overseeing their underlings from afar on the Shadowfell. Even when they do manifest in the corporeal world, they tend to let other servants—whether lesser ascians, summoned fiends, or enthralled humanoids—do the dirty work for them. An ascian overlord only brings its full magical might to bear against something that poses a clear threat to the Rejoining, and when fighting such threats they try to end the fight as quickly as possible with overwhelming force.
Voice of Zodiark. Though in theory the thirteen ascian overlords are of equal standing, in practice they are subordinate to the overlord Elidibus, the only one of them who can commune directly with Zodiark. He is distinguished from all other ascians by wearing white robes instead of black.
- Ascian, Lesser (5e Creature), for rank-and-file members of the ascian cabal.