Hollow Child (5e Creature)
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small humanoid, chaotic neutral
Damage Resistances Acid, Fire, Lightning, Thunder
Incorporeal Movement. The Hollow Child can move through other creatures and objects as if they were difficult terrain. It takes 5 (1d10) force damage if it ends its turn inside an object.
Calming Touch. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. The target must make a DC 15 Wisdom saving throw or enter into a state of thoughtlessness. While in this state, the target is classified as paralyzed and are aware of their surroundings. The effects last for three turns where they will repeat the saving throw, but an ally can attempt to shake them out of it, allowing the target to repeat the saving throw with advantage.
Etherealness. The Hollow Child enters the Ethereal Plane from the Material Plane, or vice versa. It is visible on the Material Plane while it is in the Border Ethereal, and vice versa, yet it can't affect or be affected by anything on the other plane.
Teleport. The Hollow Child teleports, along with any equipment it is wearing or carrying, up to 60 ft.
Plush Transformation. A minimum of five Hollow Children may surround a humanoid target and hold hands before walking around the target until their next turn. The target must make a DC 16 Wisdom saving throw. The target makes the saving throw with disadvantage if they are under the effect of the Hollow Children's Calming Touch. On a success nothing will happen and the Hollow Children will attempt the conversion again on their next turn. If the target is not under the effects of the Calming Touch after they succeed the saving throw, they may make a DC 15 Wisdom saving throw in an attempt to escape the ring. Beings on the outside are unable to get into or affect anything inside the ring. They may be able to disrupt the ring by dropping one of the Hollow Children to 0 Hit Points. On a failure, the target will feel a strange sensation, but nothing else. Afterwards,the Hollow Children disperse and continue with their normal behavior. Over the next 1d6 + 2 days, the target will gradually transform into a doll. The process may be sped up if the target is under extreme stress and panic.
After interaction with the Hollow children, the target suffers no immediate effects. Within fifteen minutes, the target will experience numbness of the tips of extremities, similar to that caused by cold. The transformation goes through three stages. The first stage marks the loss of minor senses where the target will lose their senses of smell, hearing, and taste over the first few days. The target's skin color and eye color will progressively change in appearance to that of what they will become as a doll. Stage two marks the loss of the major senses. The target will gradually lose their major senses, first touch, then sight. At the same time, their skin will become ragged, similar to textile in both texture and appearance, their hair will become the appearance and texture to yarn and the targets's eyes will begin to harden into buttons. The targets organs will also begin to convert into stuffing of various materials, including but not limited to cotton and polyester. The third stage marks the completion of the transformation. Their features will be replaced by stitching and patchwork and they will become more stuffing than living. Their size will also shrink down to that of a normal doll. Both during and after the transformation, the target is completely conscious and lose complete control over their body once the transformation is complete. They have finished their transformation into a simple handmade doll. The Hollow Child will then appear to collect the doll before abruptly leaving. But should the target die during the transformation or if a doll that was previously converted is destroyed, the Hollow Children will immediately seek out a new target to covert.
The only way for the process to be reverted is through the casting of a greater restoration spell. Over the next 1d4 days, the user will revert back to normal. If the transformation is completed, the only way to bring them back to normal is with a wish spell.
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A Hollow Child appears as a small child with an animal mask. Their origins are unknown and they usually reside in small groups of five to eight Hollow Children. They do not speak, but do seem to have some physic connection between them. Nor do they seem to be care about the presence of humanoid unless taking particular interest in specific individuals. They mainly show interest in hand-made dolls and each other. A Hollow Child has the ability to turn humanoids into small handmade stuffed dolls. The first inflict the target with a strange dreamlike feeling where they are unable to move or react while still being aware of their surroundings. They the surround the humanoid target and hold hands before walking around the target for about seven to ten seconds. Afterwards, they will disperse and continues their normal behavior. It is unknown which humanoids they choose to transform or why. They will occasionally show interest in a person before attempting to transform them.
Over the next few days, the humanoid target will gradually transform into a doll. They lose all of their physical senses as their body morphs and transforms. Their skin becomes that of textile, their hair is replaced with yarn, their eyes harden into small round buttons, their organs and insides are turned into stuffing and the rest of their features are replaced with stitching and patchwork. Their whole body will also shrink down to the size of an average doll all while the target is still conscious. The Hollow Children then return to retrieve their new doll to play with. But should the target die during the transformation, the Hollow Children will immediately seek out a new target to covert.
As stated before, the origins of these beings are unknown. They express no personalities of their own and only act as normal children and are more just the essence of a child. Some believe that they are the cursed souls of lost children while others believe they were children born of the natural magics of the feywild. The only clue that experts have on these beings the story of an unknown adventurer who had a strange encounter with these beings. When she encountered the Hollow Children during her travels, instead of transforming her into a doll, they presented her with a lamb mask which she initially refused. Over the next few days, she began having weird visions and occasionally would spot them in a crowd, still holding out the mask. She finally snapped when she woke up in the middle of the night where she saw them surrounding her bed just staring. The next day she approached the Hollow Children and accepted the mask. When she put on the mask, she was no longer an adult but a child. She lost all of her caress in the world and was no longer concerned about work, her family or her previous life. Stories like these are far and few between and just as nobody knows how they choose their targets, it is a mystery how and why they would present humanoids with a chance to join them.