Friends & Foes: The Skreed

SkreedLong ago, a tribe of humans mastered the arts of necromancy and used them to great effect. Zombies and skeletons served them at war and at home, as soldiers and servants. The gods punished the Skreed for their meddling in the dark arts by cursing them. The Skreed were banished to the Shadowfell and twisted into humanoid rats.

Skreed Boneblade

Skreed Boneblade Level 4 Soldier
Small Shadow Humanoid XP 175
Initiative +0 Senses Perception +9, darkvision
HP 58; Bloodied 29
AC 20; Fortitude 17, Reflex 16, Will 16
Resist necortic 5; Vulnerable radiant 5
Speed 6
Action Points 1
M Boneblade (Standard; at-will)
+11 vs. AC; 2d8+3 damage and target is marked.
r Evil Eye (Minor; encounter) ♦ fear
Ranged 6; +9 vs. Will; target is dazed (save ends).
c Sap Soul (Immediate Reaction, when marked target makes an attack which doesn’t include the Skreed Boneblade as a target; recharge 6) ♦ necrotic
Close burst 5; triggering enemy only; +9 vs. Fortitude; 3d6+4 necrotic damage.
Alignment Evil Languages Common, Skreed
Skills Arcana +9, Stealth +8
Str 17 (+5) Dex 13 (+3) Wis 15 (+4)
Con 18 (+6) Int 15 (+4) Cha 12 (+3)


The Boneblade engages what it deems to be the biggest threat, attempting to neutralize it by forcing it into one-on-one combat.

Skreed Filth-hurler

Skreed Filth-hurler Level 4 Artillery
Small Shadow Humanoid XP 175
Initiative +6 Senses Perception +8
HP 45; Bloodied 22
AC 16; Fortitude 16, Reflex 17, Will 16
Resist necrotic 5; Vulnerable radiant 5
Speed 6
M Bone Spear (Standard; at-will)
+11 vs. AC; 1d6+4 damage.
R Throw Organs (Standard; at-will) ♦ necrotic
Ranged 10; +11 vs AC; 1d10+4 necrotic damage and target takes ongoing 5 necrotic damage (save ends).
r Evil Eye (Minor; encounter) ♦ fear
Ranged 6; +9 vs. Will; target is dazed (save ends).
a Bulging Spleen (Standard; encounter) ♦ necrotic
The skittering skreed makes a Throw Organs attack. If it hits, all enemies adjacent to the target also take 5 ongoing necrotic damage (save ends).
Alignment Evil Languages Common, Skreed
Skills Arcana +10, Stealth +11
Str 12 (+3) Dex 18 (+6) Wis 13 (+3)
Con 15 (+4) Int 17 (+5) Cha 15 (+4)


The filth-hurler prefers ranged attacks and takes pains to ensure it keeps its range from enemies. It uses the bulging spleen at the earliest opportunity to catch at least two foes in its area of effect, and it saves its evil eye to aid escape in case cornered.

Skreed Herder

Skreed Herder Level 5 Controller (Leader)
Small Shadow Humanoid XP 200
Initiative +6 Senses Perception +4
Necrotizing Aura aura 6; Undead allies who start their turn in the aura regain 1d6 hit points.
HP 61; Bloodied 30
AC 19; Fortitude 16, Reflex 19, Will 17
Resist necrotic 5; Vulnerable radiant 5
Speed 6
M Touch of the Grave (Standard; at-will) ♦ necrotic
+9 vs. Reflex; 1d6+4 damage and target is weakened (save ends).
R Necrotic Ray (Standard; at-will) ♦ necrotic
Ranged 10; +9 vs. Reflex; 1d6+4 necrotic damage and target is slowed (save ends)
r Evil Eye (Minor; encounter) ♦ fear
Ranged 6; +9 vs. Will; target is dazed (save ends).
c Goad (Standard; at-will)
Close burst 1; an undead ally in the burst may immediately take a charge action, moving up to an additional 2 squares and dealing 5 extra points of damage on a hit.
Alignment Evil Languages Common, Skreed
Skills Arcana +12, Religion +12, Stealth +11
Str 11 (+2) Dex 18 (+6) Wis 15 (+4)
Con 13 (+3) Int 20 (+7) Cha 15 (+4)


The Skreed Herder is never encountered without several undead minions. It uses its goad ability to intercept enemies who approach too close, and uses necrotic ray when there are no more undead for it to goad. Its touch of the Grave ability is used only as a last defense, it prefers to stay out of melee.

Skreed Blacktotem


The ultimate form of Skreed necromancy, the blacktotem is a towering column of bones held together by necrotic energy. It moves on dozens of spindly legs and clawed arms grasp out menacingly from all over the blacktotem.

Skreed Blacktotem Level 8 Elite Brute
Large Shadow Animate (construct, undead) XP 700
Initiative +7 Senses Perception +7
Scrabbling Claws aura 1; The blacktotem may make a basic melee attack as a free action against enemies starting their turn in the aura.
HP 220; Bloodied 110
AC 20; Fortitude 21, Reflex 20, Will 20
Immune necrotic; Vulnerable radiant 5
Saving Throws +2
Speed 5
Action Points 1
M Claw Swipe (Standard; at-will)
+11 vs. AC; 2d6+5 damage
Subsume (Standard; at-will) ♦ healing
The blacktotem absorbs an adjacent corpse or unconscious creature into its mass, regaining 25 hit points.
Alignment Unaligned Languages
Str 20 (+9) Dex 17 (+7) Wis 16 (+7)
Con 20 (+9) Int 2 (+0) Cha 15 (+6)


The Skreed Blacktotem wades into combat via the most direct route possible. Whenever any creature– friend or enemy– falls to 0 hit points, the blacktotem moves towards that enemy to subsume it.

Skittering Skreed


When a skreed dies, the necromantic energy it wielded in life has so permeated its body and soul that it is a trivial matter to raise it as a resilient, if not very formidable, undead.

Skittering Skreed Level 3 Minion
Small Shadow Humanoid (undead) XP 37
Initiative +3 Senses Perception +3, darkvision
HP 1; a missed attack never damages a minion.
AC 17; Fortitude 16, Reflex 15, Will 15
Vulnerable radiant (see necrovitality below)
Speed 6
M Claw (Standard; at-will)
+8 vs. AC; 4 damage.
After skittering skreed is reduced to 0 hit points, the next time its initiative comes up, it attempts a saving throw. If successful, the skittering skreed is restored to 1 hit point and may act normally. The skittering skreed automatically fails this save if it’s been dealt radiant damage during the encounter.
Alignment Unaligned Languages
Skills Stealth +8
Str 17 (+4) Dex 15 (+3) Wis 14 (+3)
Con 17 (+4) Int 2 (-3) Cha 3 (-3)

Skreed Lore

A character knows the following information with a successful Arcana check.

DC 15: The Skreed are a race of rat-like humanoids which hail from the Shadowfell.
DC 20: Skreed are known for their affinity for necromantic magic, and are often found with undead minions. Skreed are also capable of striking fear into the hearts of their enemies.
DC 25: The Skreed are resistant to necrotic damage, but vulnerable to radiant. They were once humans, but were cursed by the gods for their endemic usage of necromancy.

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7 Responses to “Friends & Foes: The Skreed”

  1. I like the idea… nicely done.

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  2. Thank you. I’m always a fan of anthropomorphic animal races, but I feel like it’s a bit of a cop out to just make straight rat-, cat- or bat-men. I think the necromancy angle fits well with rats, and adds another dimension to them…

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  4. RE: Blacktotem. Be careful with how much damage auras do. They’re relatively unavoidable for melee types.

    The workups look wonderful though! Thank you!

  5. On the other hand, elites should have ways of taking multiple actions per round.

  6. Great stuff… I may hijack this for my campaign.

    Keep it coming!

  7. Sorry, I missed this comment before. Of course you can take them, that’s why I post ‘em!

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