Mind Shade (5e Creature)
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Medium undead, chaotic evil
Saving Throws Dex +7, Int +8, Wis +7, Cha +8
Magic Weapons. The mind shade's weapon attacks are magical.
Improved Damage Transfer. While attached to a creature, the mind shade transfers all bludgeoning, piercing and slashing damage to its host.
Multiattack. The mind shade makes two attacks: one with its bite and one with its Distract.
Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 13 (2d10 + 2) piercing damage.
Distract. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 30 ft., one target. Hit: 15 (2d10 + 4) necrotic damage and 11 (2d10) psychic damage. If the target is sentient, the mind shade attaches itself. While attached in this way, it is absorbed into the creature's mind where it automatically does 11 (2d10) psychic damage at the beginning of each of the mind shade's turns. The target can take an action to try and drive the mind shade out of its head with a successful DC 18 Intelligence saving throw. On a failed save, it remains attached and the target takes another 11 (2d10) psychic damage.
Moan. Each creature within 60 feet of the mind shade that can hear its moan and that isn't an aberration or undead must succeed on a DC 18 Wisdom saving throw or become frightened until the end of the mind shade's next turn. If a creature's saving throw is successful, the creature is immune to the mind shade's moan for the next 24 hours.
Phantasms (Recharges after a Short or Long Rest). The mind shade magically creates three illusory duplicates of itself if it isn't in bright light. The duplicates move with it and mimic its actions, shifting position so as to make it impossible to track which mind shade is the real one. If the mind shade is ever in an area of bright light, the duplicates disappear.
The mind shade is the result of illithid experimentation with cloakers. They managed to escape due to the misfortunes of an unfortunate adventurer in attempting to free all those who had been held captive by the said mind flayer. Mind shades continue to flock to dark areas where they reproduce by slowly torturing their host's minds until they are driven insane. Once their mind is shattered, it is recreated into another mind shade, resulting in multiple mind shade personalities. A mind shade looks similar to a cloaker in form though smaller and with more humanistic facial features.