5E Epic Monsters: The Invisible Man

Since we saw Captain Nemo last week in Mythological Figures today the Epic Monsters column is keeping to the LXG theme and going after the ever unseen rogue, a fellow that drank too quickly and deeply from the wishing well before regretting his choice in the final moments of his life: the Invisible Man!

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What’s below is a more roguish version of the character in the spirit of the one you’ll find in the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (comics or movie). In the original tale, Griffin is the inventor and experimental subject of his own serum but he burns down his laboratory to cover his tracks, and things go downhill for him from there. His attempts at thievery don’t go so well (he fails to steal clothing from a department store and ends up taking some from theater) but for a while he manages to get lodgings, and more importantly an area to resume his studies into the reproduction and reversal of the serum that made him invisible.

While trying to keep his secret he enrages a town and flees, committing his first murder with a lead pipe and then convincing a kid named Thomas Marvel to become his proxy. This lad eventually turns on him, and though Griffin thinks he’s found an ally in an old medical colleague named Kemp the doctor does as well (disturbed by the invisible man’s claims that he’ll undertake a ‘reign of terror’ upon the country). After he dies in the street his body becomes visible again, and Thomas ends up with his damaged notes—though he doesn’t know Latin or Greek it’s unlikely the world will ever see the concoction recreated.

Design Notes:Mike I’d just use an invisible stalk” shhhh. Shhhhh. Shhhhhhhhhhhh. Be quiet, my sweet—that’s not what we’re doing here. Since you brought that up though, I will point you to one of the most undervalued and best RPG design PDFs I’ve ever read: File Off The Serial Numbers by Sean K. Reynolds. Really however we’re looking at a D&D game here so who’s going to drink the potion that makes them invisible? The rogue. While I didn’t build this statblock as a rogue (thief archetype), I am cherry picking the class features for monster traits.

Which brings us to the compelling bit here: doing the numbers. The DMG rubric (and it’s worth pointing out that there’s no recommended CR increase from being invisible…?) places the Invisible Man here smack on the nose of 4 (4ac+1hp+5atk+6dam=16/4). Our other indicator (the Blog of Holding) comes out at a lower 3.6 (3ac+2hp+4atk+7dam+2save=18/5) but I disagree with the notion that invisibility as a trait doesn’t merit a boost. Unless the PCs have some specific spell access (looking at you, see invisibility) or are in an area with terrain that gives away his position, the Invisible Man’s AC and attack bonuses are effectively 4–5 points higher. That sounds like it’s worth at least a small rounding up of the averages so: going with CR 4.


Invisible Man
Medium humanoid (human), chaotic neutral
Armor Class 14
Hit Points 55 (10d8+10)
Speed 30 ft.
STR
DEX
CON
INT
WIS
CHA
13 (+1)​
18 (+4)​
12 (+1)​
14 (+2)​
11 (+0)​
10 (+0)​
Saving Throws Con +3

Skills Investigation +4, Nature +4, Perception +4, Sleight of Hand +8, Stealth +8
Damage Resistances cold
Senses passive Perception 14
Languages English
Challenge 4 (1,100 XP)

Cunning Action. On each of his turns, the invisible man can use a bonus action to take the Dash, Disengage, or Hide action.

Feat: Stealther. The invisible man can attempt to hide even when he is only lightly obscured from a creature he’s trying to hide from. In addition, the invisible man’s position isn’t revealed when he misses with a ranged weapon attack against a creature he’s hidden from, and he does not have disadvantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks in dim light.

Invisibility. The invisible man is invisible.

Second-Story Work. Climbing does not cost the invisible man extra movement. When he makes a running jump, the distance he covers increases by 4 feet.

Sneak Attack (1/Turn). The invisible man deals an extra 28 (8d6) damage when he hits a target with a weapon attack and has advantage on the attack roll, or when the target is within 5 feet of an ally of the invisible man that isn't incapacitated and he doesn't have disadvantage on the attack roll.


ACTIONS
Multiattack. The invisible man attacks twice.

Unarmed. Melee Weapon Attack: +3 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 2 bludgeoning damage.

Dagger. Melee or Ranged Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 6 (1d4+4) piercing damage.


REACTIONS
Uncanny Dodge. The invisible man halves the damage that he takes from an attack that hits him. He must be able to see the attacker.



INCLUDE THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN IN YOUR GAME!
Captain Nemo, Dorian Gray, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Mina Harker (use either Elizabeth Báthory or Vlad the Impaler), that stupid American guy Tom Sawyer (reflavor Aladdin or Blackbeard), Tarzan or Sherlock Holmes (for a bonus appearance because they’d fit right in, and maybe even Professor Moriarty if you like), and tune in next week for Alan Quartermain. ;)
 
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ruemere

Explorer
Link to the Project Gutenberg copy of the original story:

Note that the subject of the story suffers from escalating psychological issues - an inventor, a scientist, succumbs to paranoia (burning down the lab), obsession, petty criminal acts, delusions of grandeur, which end up in a humiliating and fatal altercation with the police and the crowd.
Also, running around naked one would usually catch at least a cold - and the protagonist apparently does not.

I would add therefore:
  • declining mental health
  • minor cold resistance
 

Mike Myler

Mythological Figures & Maleficent Monsters KS soon
Link to the Project Gutenberg copy of the original story:

Note that the subject of the story suffers from escalating psychological issues - an inventor, a scientist, succumbs to paranoia (burning down the lab), obsession, petty criminal acts, delusions of grandeur, which end up in a humiliating and fatal altercation with the police and the crowd.
Also, running around naked one would usually catch at least a cold - and the protagonist apparently does not.

I would add therefore:
  • declining mental health
  • minor cold resistance
Sold on the cold!
 

Weiley31

Adventurer
Since we saw Captain Nemo last week in Mythological Figures today the Epic Monsters column is keeping to the LXG theme and going after the ever unseen rogue, a fellow that drank too quickly and deeply from the wishing well before regretting his choice in the final moments of his life: the Invisible Man!

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What’s below is a more roguish version of the character in the spirit of the one you’ll find in the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (comics or movie). In the original tale, Griffin is the inventor and experimental subject of his own serum but he burns down his laboratory to cover his tracks, and things go downhill for him from there. His attempts at thievery don’t go so well (he fails to steal clothing from a department store and ends up taking some from theater) but for a while he manages to get lodgings, and more importantly an area to resume his studies into the reproduction and reversal of the serum that made him invisible.

While trying to keep his secret he enrages a town and flees, committing his first murder with a lead pipe and then convincing a kid named Thomas Marvel to become his proxy. This lad eventually turns on him, and though Griffin thinks he’s found an ally in an old medical colleague named Kemp the doctor does as well (disturbed by the invisible man’s claims that he’ll undertake a ‘reign of terror’ upon the country). After he dies in the street his body becomes visible again, and Thomas ends up with his damaged notes—though he doesn’t know Latin or Greek it’s unlikely the world will ever see the concoction recreated.

Design Notes:Mike I’d just use an invisible stalk” shhhh. Shhhhh. Shhhhhhhhhhhh. Be quiet, my sweet—that’s not what we’re doing here. Since you brought that up though, I will point you to one of the most undervalued and best RPG design PDFs I’ve ever read: File Off The Serial Numbers by Sean K. Reynolds. Really however we’re looking at a D&D game here so who’s going to drink the potion that makes them invisible? The rogue. While I didn’t build this statblock as a rogue (thief archetype), I am cherry picking the class features for monster traits.

Which brings us to the compelling bit here: doing the numbers. The DMG rubric (and it’s worth pointing out that there’s no recommended CR increase from being invisible…?) places the Invisible Man here smack on the nose of 4 (4ac+1hp+5atk+6dam=16/4). Our other indicator (the Blog of Holding) comes out at a lower 3.6 (3ac+2hp+4atk+7dam+2save=18/5) but I disagree with the notion that invisibility as a trait doesn’t merit a boost. Unless the PCs have some specific spell access (looking at you, see invisibility) or are in an area with terrain that gives away his position, the Invisible Man’s AC and attack bonuses are effectively 4–5 points higher. That sounds like it’s worth at least a small rounding up of the averages so: going with CR 4.


Invisible Man
Medium humanoid (human), chaotic neutral
Armor Class 14
Hit Points 55 (10d8+10)
Speed 30 ft.
STR
DEX
CON
INT
WIS
CHA
13 (+1)​
18 (+4)​
12 (+1)​
14 (+2)​
11 (+0)​
10 (+0)​
Saving Throws Con +3
Skills Investigation +4, Nature +4, Perception +4, Sleight of Hand +8, Stealth +8
Damage Resistances cold
Senses passive Perception 14
Languages English
Challenge 4 (1,100 XP)

Cunning Action. On each of his turns, the invisible man can use a bonus action to take the Dash, Disengage, or Hide action.

Feat: Stealther. The invisible man can attempt to hide even when he is only lightly obscured from a creature he’s trying to hide from. In addition, the invisible man’s position isn’t revealed when he misses with a ranged weapon attack against a creature he’s hidden from, and he does not have disadvantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks in dim light.

Invisibility. The invisible man is invisible.

Second-Story Work. Climbing does not cost the invisible man extra movement. When he makes a running jump, the distance he covers increases by 4 feet.

Sneak Attack (1/Turn). The invisible man deals an extra 28 (8d6) damage when he hits a target with a weapon attack and has advantage on the attack roll, or when the target is within 5 feet of an ally of the invisible man that isn't incapacitated and he doesn't have disadvantage on the attack roll.


ACTIONS
Multiattack. The invisible man attacks twice.

Unarmed. Melee Weapon Attack: +3 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 2 bludgeoning damage.

Dagger. Melee or Ranged Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 6 (1d4+4) piercing damage.


REACTIONS
Uncanny Dodge. The invisible man halves the damage that he takes from an attack that hits him. He must be able to see the attacker.



INCLUDE THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN IN YOUR GAME!
Captain Nemo, Dorian Gray, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Mina Harker (use either Elizabeth Báthory or Vlad the Impaler), that stupid American guy Tom Sawyer (reflavor Aladdin or Blackbeard), Tarzan (for a bonus appearance because he’d fit right in), and tune in next week for Alan Quartermain. ;)
You can reflavor Sherlock Holmes as Mortiarty
 

Mike Myler

Mythological Figures & Maleficent Monsters KS soon
You can reflavor Sherlock Holmes as Mortiarty
! Right you are!


and I can even do you one better: Professor James Moriarty D&D 5E
 

Aaron L

Adventurer
Nice. And I'm really looking forward to Allan Quatermain!
(Note: Quater, nor Quarter, and 2 "L"s.) ;)
I'm a big LXG fan (the comics, not the movie.)
 

Mike Myler

Mythological Figures & Maleficent Monsters KS soon
Nice. And I'm really looking forward to Allan Quatermain!
(Note: Quater, nor Quarter, and 2 "L"s.) ;)
I'm a big LXG fan (the comics, not the movie.)
welllll damnit I'll have to fix this then :/

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dave2008

Legend
Mike, just an FYI per the DMG, "Superior Invisibility," like the faerie dragon increases effective AC by 2. Also, The shadow demon's "shadow stealth." increases effective AC by 4. Those two might give you a guideline on the effect of the "invisibility" trait. Since, "Superior Invisibility," isn't as good as your "invisibility," i would give it at least a +4 bonus to effective AC.

PS: another great article
 

Mike Myler

Mythological Figures & Maleficent Monsters KS soon
Mike, just an FYI per the DMG, "Superior Invisibility," like the faerie dragon increases effective AC by 2. Also, The shadow demon's "shadow stealth." increases effective AC by 4. Those two might give you a guideline on the effect of the "invisibility" trait. Since, "Superior Invisibility," isn't as good as your "invisibility," i would give it at least a +4 bonus to effective AC.

PS: another great article
Ahha! Good to know and glad to see my instincts were on target. ^_^
 

Rafael Martin

Explorer
Really! I will start it off by saying should have at least 2 levels of Rogue, when you consider his very roguish past as a child. When he finally grows up he'll have perhaps ranger levels, but you will probably have one of those new classes like Detective or even Special Agent. Now get to it! :ROFLMAO:
 

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