Hanged Man

Hanged Man

This creature has pale skin pulled tight over its bones. Its head hangs at an odd angle, unsupported by a broken neck. A rotted noose and many feet of rope hang from its neck and trail behind it. Its lifeless eyes stare unblinking into eternity.

Hanged Man

XP 100 ()

CE Medium

Initiative +1


AC 11

hp: 22 (4d8 + 4)

Saving Throws: Wis +2

Resistance: Piercing damage from nonmagical weapons; necrotic damage

Immunity: Charm, fright, poison, unconsciousness


Speed: 30 ft.

Multiattack: A hanged man attacks once with claws and once with its rope.

Melee Attack—Claw: +4 to hit (reach 5 ft.; one creature). Hit: 1d6 + 2 slashing damage.

Ranged Attack—Rope: +3 to hit (range 20 ft.; one creature). Hit: 1d4 + 1 necrotic damage and the target is entangled (see below).


Str 15 (+2), Dex 13 (+1), Con 12 (+1),

Int 9 (–1), Wis 11 (+0), Cha 13 (+1)

Languages: Understands Common but can’t speak

Senses: Darkvision 60 ft.


Entangle: The hanged man’s noose is a 20-foot length of rope that moves on its own like an animated object to entangle opponents of any size. An entangled creature is grappled and restrained. If it is not already adjacent to the hanged man, the rope initiates aStr contest against the entangled creature on each of the hanged man’s turns. If the rope wins the contest, it pulls the entangled creature 10 feet closer to the hanged man. If the entangled creature wins theStr contest, it stays at its current range from the hanged man. Only one creature can be entangled at a time. The rope can be attacked directly (AC 13); it is destroyed by 15 points of slashing or fire damage but is immune to all other damage. If the rope is severed, both it and the hanged man are destroyed. The rope becomes nothing more than 20 feet of rotted rope if removed from the hanged man.



Organization: Solitary

A hanged man is the corpse of a hanged humanoid who was too evil to rest peacefully in the grave or who was wrongfully hanged for a crime that was actually committed by one of his or her executioners. It is a malevolent and vengeful entity that attacks living creatures on sight; it can’t be reasoned with or placated. Like a ghoul, it devours the flesh of its victims, although it seems to draw no sustenance from them.

Hanged men are always encountered near the area where they were executed or where they were interred in a way that shames them (in unsanctified ground or in a mass grave for criminals, for example). Its “lair” is either this final resting place, if it is an accessible mausoleum, or a secluded area near the place of its death that is overgrown and choked with brush, thorns, and ancient trees. Its lair is marked by the scattered remains of its victims, including any treasure a former meal happened to be carrying.

The rope around the hanged man’s neck is imbued with necrotic energy to such an extent that it acts like an extension of the creature. It is also the creature’s weakness, however, because if the rope is cut, the creature is also destroyed.