In the deepest Fae forests, there are places where nature twists and bends itself around the fears of normal humanoids to create new and strange creatures not wholly part of the real world. The Lank Boar is one of these things, an unwholesome combination of bear and boar that Fey find rather charming, though mortals find it horrific.
Fast as a horse, territorial as a wild swine, and deadly as a bear, it’s not a creature to be trifled with. Worst of all, though, is its sensitivity to dark magic. The first sign that something’s wrong in the nearby woods may be a Lank Boar attacking travelers on the roads and uprooting the harvest.
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Large monstrosity, neutral
Armor Class 16 (natural armor)
Hit Points 95 (10d10 + 40)
Speed 60 ft.
STR 20 (+5) DEX 11 (+0) CON 18 (+4) INT 3 (-3) WIS 12 (+1) CHA 7 (-2)
Skills Perception +4, Nature +4
Senses Passive Perception 14
Challenge 4 (1,100 XP)
Keen Nose. Lank boars’ keen nose gives them advantage on any Wisdom (Perception) test involving their sense of smell.
Trampling Charge. If the lank boar moves at least 20 feet straight towards a creature and then hits it with a tusk attack on the same turn, the target takes an extra 7 (2d6) slashing damage and must succeed on a DC 16 strength saving throw or be knocked prone. If the target is knocked prone, the lank boar can make one Claws attack against it as a bonus action.
Relentless. If the lank boar takes 14 damage or less that would reduce it to 0 hit points, it is reduced to 1 hit point instead.
Tusks. Melee Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 16 (2d10 + 5) piercing damage.
Claws. Melee Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 12 (2d6 + 5) piercing damage.
Lank Boars are long-legged creatures combining the worst aspects of bear and swine. They have long, curling snouts, bristly, boar-like bodies and long legs with clawed three-toed paws. Their tusks are their most notable feature, a foot or more long and curved not forward, but instead straight upwards. They are not less dangerous for it. Lank Boars stand six to eight feet at the shoulder and are nine to ten feet long.
Lank Boars are omnivorous and will eat nearly anything. They prefer to get their meat from carcasses, but aren’t above killing smaller animals -and people- if they’re hungry.
Lank Boars most often appear in temperate forests with fae populations. Though they aren’t much smarter than a clever dog, their proximity has left them predisposed to defend fae and have a natural affinity for their environment. Despite this connection, they’re very susceptible to corruption, and dark magic tends to turn them foul long before other creatures.