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Book of Beasts: La Diablesse

Book of Beasts: La Diablesse

The attractive young woman is garbed in a voluminous white dress and wide-brimmed hat as she leads her victim into the lone forest towards the ravine. He bubbles with anticipation of romantic exchanges. Nearing their destination, she removes her hat to reveal her glowing red eyes and grinning skull before using her cloven hoof to kick her victim into the ravine to his death. She then vanishes into thin air.

La Diablesse, a woman in a top hat with glowing red eyes floats above a pile of skuls.Mortal, Mistress, Demon

La Diablesse was born a human but her dealings with the devil turned her into a shapeshifting spirit. Only appearing on a full moon, her beauty lies within her poise, physique, and sensuous voice as she takes on a human appearance to tempt her drunken male victims into accommodating her. Upon success, she reveals her true identity.

Lady in White

Although her clothing may look old-fashioned, her white dress often has a slit onone side to display her feminine human leg, but it also veils her leg with the cloven hoof, a feature that sets her apart from other women. Her wide-brimmed hat perched atop her head hides her eyes, glowing red out of vengeance and a yearning for justice, and revolting face.

Beguiling Men

La Diablesse saunters along lonely paths or intrudes social gatherings with no intention but to aid tormented women. While keeping her cloven hoof out of sight, she lures the intoxicated men who cross her path into the forest or towards a secluded area before she transforms, and they meet their demise. Sometimes she may choose to simply vanish to instill fear and confusion or outright kill him.

Sensitivity to Fire

When escorting her oblivious victim, he may have the sudden urge to smoke a cigarette, but La Diablesse discourages him from lighting it. If he ignores her and pulls out a lighter or strikes a match, she suddenly disappears in a flash.

5e D&D Stat Block:

La Diablesse

Medium fiend, lawful evil

Armor Class 17 (natural armor)

Hit Points 82 (11d8 + 33)

Speed 30 ft.

STR      DEX     CON     INT     WIS     CHA

18(+4) 12(+1)  16(+3)   13(+1)   14(+2) 18(+4)

Skills Deception +6, Insight +4, Perception +4, Persuasion +6, Stealth +3

Damage Vulnerability Fire

Damage Resistances Cold; Bludgeoning, Piercing, and Slashing from Nonmagical Attacks

Condition Immunities Charmed, Exhaustion, Frightened, Paralyzed, Petrified

Senses Darkvision 60 ft., Passive Perception 14

Languages Common, Infernal

Challenge 3 (700 XP)                            Proficiency Bonus +2

Hellish Appearance. Any humanoid that starts its turn within 30 feet of La Diablesse and can see her true form must make a DC 12 Wisdom saving throw. On a failed save, the creature is frightened for 1 minute. A creature can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, with disadvantage if la Diablesse is within line of sight, ending the effect on itself on a success. If a creature’s saving throw is successful or the effect ends for it, the creature is immune to La Diablesse’s Hellish Appearance for the next 24 hours.

Unless the target is surprised or the revelation of La Diablesse’s true form is sudden, the target can avert its eyes and avoid making the initial saving throw. Until the start of its next turn, a creature that averts its eyes has disadvantage on attack rolls against La Diablesse.

Innate Spellcasting. La Diablesse’s innate spellcasting ability is Charisma (spell save DC 14). It can innately cast the following spells, requiring no material components:

At will: chill touch, dancing lights

3/day each: charm person, sleep

1/day each: enthrall, invisibility

Shapechanger. La Diablesse can use her action to polymorph into a human woman, or back into her true form. Her statistics are the same in each form. Any equipment she is wearing or carrying isn’t transformed. She reverts to her true form if she dies.

Actions

Hoof. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 13 (2d8 + 4) bludgeoning damage.

Credits:

Creative Director: Kevin Andrew Murphy

Lore: Krystal Ramroop

Krystal M. Ramroop – Avaaz Media

Statblock: Eugene Marshall

https://arcanistpress.com/

Art: Everard McBain

ArtStation – Everard McBain

Sensitivity Editor: Pamela Punzalan

https://www.patreon.com/thedovetailor

Art Director: Aaron Acevedo

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Krystal M. Ramroop, better known as Krys, is an innovative American born Indo-Guyanese creative writer and aspiring professional film and television actress. A first-generation summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the City University of New York’s City College (CCNY), Krystal’s a music, film, and tea junkie at heart and hopes her curiosity and niche for cross-cultural writing will allow her to share her research and experiences and create a realm for readers to join her in. She also enjoys reading, watching cricket and soccer, singing and dancing to her favorite Caribbean and Indian tunes, and dabbling in photography. With upcoming releases in Brown Sugar Literary Magazine and three Caribbean anthologies, her writings have been featured in Promethean Literary Journal and online for her WordPress website, The Art of Storytelling, Akashic Books’ Flash Fiction Duppy Series, Brown Girl Magazine, and Avaaz Media.

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