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Monster Monday: Sorrow Singer

Monster Monday: Sorrow Singer

Sorrow SingerA soft and achingly beautiful lullaby drifts to your ears. Strangely compelling, its harmonic overtones cause your focus to drift. Nearby, a baby starts squalling, but perhaps oddly, it doesn’t matter. Nothing matters—not even the strange woman who is slowly moving toward you. Behind her, you can barely make out drifting forms, but you’re too tired to care.

Dare you take a look at the sorrow singer? Will your game be the same if you use this creature? Also: Welcome to the New Year! Enjoy this disturbing bringer of kidnapping and missing child storylines.

Sorrow Singer CR 9

XP 6,400
CE Medium undead (humanoid)
Init +10; Senses darkvision 60 ft.

AC 23, touch 17, flat-footed 16 (+6 Dex, +1 dodge, +6 natural)
hp 105 (11d8+55); fast healing 5
Fort +10, Ref +13, Will +12
Defensive Abilities Immune undead traits; Resist cold 10

Speed 30 ft.
Melee 2 claws +11 (1d8+3), bite +8 (1d4+3)
Special Attacks blood drain, create sorrow born, sorrow song

Str 16, Dex 22, Con —, Int 14, Wis 16, Cha 20
Base Atk +8; CMB +11; CMD 17
Feats Alertness, Blind-Fight, Deceitful, Dodge, Improved Initiative, Skill Focus (Stealth)
Skills Bluff +20, Climb +14, Disguise +20, Perception +16, Sense Motive +16, Stealth +22
SQ sorrow born sight, sorrow singer traits

Environment any
Organization solitary plus spawn

Blood Drain (Su) A sorrow singer drains blood from a grappled opponent, dealing 1d4 Constitution damage and healing itself for 5 hit points.

Create Sorrow Born (Su) An infant captured by the sorrow singer can be turned into a spawn called a sorrow born. The sorrow singer places the child into its stomach wound. One day later, the infant is reborn as an undead spawn called a sorrow born.

Fast Healing (Su) A sorrow singer’s fast healing ability is equal to its current number of spawn. This fast healing applies only to damage inflicted directly on its body, and it cannot be applied to heal spawn.

Sorrow Born Sight (Su) A sorrow singer can see and hear everything its spawn sees and hears out to a distance of 1,500 feet.

Sorrow Singer Traits (Su) A sorrow singer can have a number of sorrow born spawn equal to its HD. A spawn has an AC of 17 and hit points equal to the HD of the sorrow singer. When a spawn is reduced to 0 hit points or fewer, the sorrow singer takes damage equal to its HD. A sorrow singer can make 1 melee attack per spawn each round. The melee attack originates from the spawn’s location, and it has a bite attack at +8 (1d6+2). Each spawn has a fly speed of 40 feet, and the sorrow singer can change the location of her spawn once per round. If a sorrow singer is slain, its spawn turn back into living infants.

Sorrow Song (Su) As a standard action, a sorrow singer sings a beautiful but terrifying lullaby. Babies who hear the lullaby begin to cry, and adults are affected as per the deep slumber spell (caster level 5th). The target must be able to hear the song to be affected by this ability. A successful save renders a creature immune to this ability for 24 hours.

A sorrow singer is sometimes created when a woman dies during a difficult childbirth. She thirsts for blood, primarily seeking out infants to create spawn. A sorrow singer appears as a pale beautiful woman with a gaping dark wound in her belly. The flesh around the wound wriggles like small scarlet tentacles, eager to pull in prey. She smells like lovely flowers and sickening rot. She is typically accompanied by several sorrow born that gently float around her like twisted cherubs.

Once a sorrow singer has captured an infant, she places it inside her grasping womb wound. There it incubates for one day before it crawls its way out, reborn as a sorrow born. The sorrow born appear as pale babies with impossibly large mouths filled with rows of needlelike teeth. They work together to bite opponents and strip their flesh, swarming over enemies like demonic piranha.

Sometimes called the “Pontianak” or “Lullaby Lady,” a sorrow singer takes blame for any missing babies in the area. Some believe that sorrow singers favor male infants, and so in many cultures it is common to make boys grow their hair long at a very young age to ward off the lady. In these cultures, it is common to keep a watch over a newborn child. Villagers in these locations perform many holy rituals when a woman dies during childbirth to ensure that she rests in peace.

Habitat and Society
Sorrow singers can be found in any environment, but are most typically found in urban settings such as cities and villages. They typically come out under cover of darkness. They often disguise themselves as a living humanoid woman to stalk their prey.

A sorrow singer sings its haunting lullaby, causing any infant hearing it to begin to cry. She then follows the sound of the crying child, putting to sleep or slaying any adults who gets in her way by using her ravenous spawn or her own razor-edged claws. She approaches stealthily or disguised as a beautiful woman, and she preys upon males gleefully.

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7 thoughts on “Monster Monday: Sorrow Singer”

  1. Did Mike just read “Music, when Soft Voices Die”? (The story, not the poem,) About a Victorian inventor who unwittingly taps in to the world’s ‘Heart of Sorrow,’ a female voice that expresses the world’s sadness in song. (Nothing to do with babies, though.)

    I read that story last night, then woke up to find this blog post in my news feed.

  2. First of all, this is a wonderfully creepy take on a common type of monster in world mythology.

    Secondly, will we get any stats for the Sorrow Born?

  3. Yeah, the missing stats for Sorrow Born did sort of jump out at me as well, but then I found them in the “Sorrow Singer Traits” ability.

    Sort of a nesting doll set of stats, if you will.

  4. This is a great monster just to bring up in role-playing, even if you are not going to use her. It gives a great “the people of the village are scared of the supernatural” feel that is sometime hard to get across to players.
    I’m going to have a village priest conducting these rites over a mother that just passed away in the next village my players visit.

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