The Yara-ma-yha-who are frog or toad-like vampiric humanoids with bright red skin, who, rather than by means of fangs or sharp teeth, instead drain the blood from their victims through a series of leech-like suckers on their finger-tips!
Death from above
Ambush is the name of the game when it comes to the Yara-ma-yha-who. They will dangle from a fig tree branch for as long as it takes to spot some vulnerable prey. Once an unsuspecting victim is directly beneath them, these creatures will then drop onto their backs, grappling them with their powerful arms and digging into them with their clawed feet, until they secure their leech-sucker fingers to vital arteries and veins across the creature’s body…ideally around the neck, and almost completely drain it of blood until it passes out. Their incredible strength allows them to dangle, silent and motionless for hours until the prefect target is within their grasp. The momentum that they gather from falling is often more than enough to knock their prey unconscious in a single blow, but those who remain conscious, get to witness this horrifying creature draw the life from them.
Once a creature is drained of it's blood and vulnerable, the Yara-ma-yha-who will then dislocate it’s massive, toothless jaws, like a snake and swallow their prey whole, storing the almost dead creature in their throats or stomachs. It’s tactics then fully switch to an intrinsic need to flee to safety with the body of it’s drained victim in tact. If it manages to get away to safety, it will find itself a safe, spot near a river or lake to sleep, and will begin to slowly transform the creature it swallowed. Once the yara-ma-yha-who wakes up, it will regurgitate it’s victim, drink some of the nearby water, and consume the victim a second time. The Yara-ma-yha-who then repeats this process over and over, adding more water to the blood sloshing around in it’s womb-like stomach. Every time it regurgitates it’s former victim, they shrivel, shrink and become redder and redder, losing their teeth and hair, until eventually, they are transformed into a Yara-ma-yha-who themselves…reborn and forever altered into another blood-hungry sprite.
They're solitary creatures to avoid competing with eachother when hunting for people to jump down on. Additionally, due to their anti-social method of reproduction there’s no strict need for them to be communicative animals, saving their mouths to be a single muscular entrance to their stomachs or gestation and trandformation wombs.
Small Fey, Chaotic Evil
- Armor Class 12
- Hit Points 45 (6D6 + 24)
- Speed 20ft., Climb 30ft.
STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA 18 (+4) 14 (+2) 18 (+4) 8 (-2) 12 (+1) 9 (-1)
- Skills Athletics +6, Acrobatics +4, Perception +3
- Senses passive Perception 13
- Languages Understands Common, Sylvan (or any other languages it knew in life) but cannot speak
- Challenge 4 (1,100 XP)
Drop Hunters. The Yara-ma-yha-who are magical hunters with a supernatural affinity for launching themselves at their targets from great heights. As such they do not take falling damage.
Consume. As a bonus action, the Yara-Ma-Yha-Who can target one creature it can see within 5 feet of it that has 0 hit points and is still alive. The target must succeed on a DC10 Constitution saving throw or die. If the target dies and the yara-ma-Yha-Who regains 10 (3D6) hit points as it consumes it's prey. a consumed target has total cover against attacks or spells outside of the Yara-Ma-Yha-Who. The creature will return to life as a Yara-ma-Yha-Who if the creature escapes and the original Yara-Ma-Yha-Who takes a long rest.
If the Yara-Ma-Yha-Who dies, a swallowed corpse will be regurgitated.
Multiattack. The Yara-Ma-Yha-Who makes two attacks with it's Toe Talons.
Drop. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, one targetdirectly underneath the yara-Ma-Yha-Who. Hit 9 (2D4 + 4) piercing damage per 10 feet fallen up to 48 (12 D4 + 4). On a hit, the target is grappled (escape DC 16) Until the grapple ends, the target is restrained, and the Yara-Ma-Yha-Who cannot grapple another target.
Suckers. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5ft., one target. (constructs, elementals and undead are immune) Hit 7 (1D6+4) necrotic damage. The Yara-Ma-Yha-Who regains health equal to the damage dealt. The Yara-Ma-Yha-Who has advantage on this attack against grappled targets. If a target is reduced to 0 HP by this atttack, they die instantky as the blood is drained from their body.
Toe Talons. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5ft., one target. Hit 9 (2D4+4) slashing damage.