Morkus from Orkus
Nor is it breaking a rule, or even a stretch, to think that the NPCs who make it to super high level represent the best of the best, rolling great stats, finding stat boosting books, getting boons, and more. Just because the final numbers don't add up to a PC array, doesn't mean that they started higher. They just ended higher, like many PCs. Or maybe they just rolled well.Those are just examples. That’s not how every NPC has to be. You are not breaking a rule by not using the stats in the monster manual or PHB or dmg for an npc.