Spectral Monster (4E)

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4ED&D 4E
4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons

This is a ritual description page for 4th edition Dungeons & Dragons.

Spectral Monster

You create the illusion of a creature, then imbue it with a shadow of sentience.
Level: 5 Component Cost: 50 gp
Category: Deception Market Price: 200 gp
Time: 1 minute Key Skill: Arcana
Duration: Variable

You create the illusion of a creature of your level or less (it is permissible to level up lower-level creatures), then give it a glimmer of awareness so that it can act on its own. You cannot create spectral leader, minion, elite, or solo monsters. The creature will act as a natural monster of this type would, it has no special loyalty to you and will not follow you about. It thinks it is real, but can only affect the real world to a limited extent.

  • It counts as a minion when taking damage; it has 1 hp, but a missed attack never damages it.
  • It does not die, it simply disappears. Any effects based on the death of another creature, such as the warlock’s curses, does not trigger when it is defeated.
  • All the damage it does is converted to psionic damage after passing damage resistance or vulnerability. Apply resistance and vulnerability to both psionic damage and the attack’s apparent damage to the damage it inflicts, applying resistance/vulnerability to psionic damage last.
  • Any character disbelieving in it, conversing or interacting with it can make an Insight check at the end of their turn. The DC of the Insight check is 10 + your Arcana skill modifier; on a success it disappears.

The duration depends on the result of the Arcana check.

Arcana Check Result Duration
9 or lower 10 minutes
10-19 1 hour
20-29 6 hours
30-39 24 hours
40 or higher 1 week