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Arcane Guard

Medium humanoid (any race), any alignment

Armor Class

16 (chain shirt, shield)

Hit Points

16 (3d8 + 3)

Speed

30ft

Skills

Perception +2, Arcana +4

Senses

passive Perception 12

Languages

any two languages (usually Common + one other)

Challenge

1/2 (100 XP)

Actions

Spear.

Melee or Ranged Weapon Attack: +3 to hit, reach 5 ft. or range 20/60 ft., one target. Hit: 4 (1d6+1) piercing damage.

Spellcasting

The arcane guard is a 1st-level spellcaster. Its spellcasting ability is Intelligence (spell save DC 12, +4 to hit with spell attacks. The arcane guard has the following spells prepared:

Cantrips (at will): blade ward, friends, light

1st-level (2 slots): charm person, sleep, shield

Arcane Guards include members of a city watch, sentries in a citadel or fortified town, and the bodyguards of merchants and nobles. They have been specially trained as spellcasters to more easily subdue suspects for questioning and possible imprisonment. They are often an elite part of their organization or otherwise used to support normal Guards. For example, in a group of 4 or 5 Guards, one of them might be an Arcane Guard, or specialized groups of Arcane Guards may be deployed to support groups of regular Guards. In larger cities, all members of a city watch, etc. might be Arcane Guards.

Arcane Soldier

Medium humanoid (any race), any alignment

Armor Class

16 (chain shirt, shield)

Hit Points

16 (3d8 + 3)

Speed

30ft

Skills

Perception +2, Arcana +3

Senses

passive Perception 12

Languages

any two languages (usually Common + one other)

Challenge

1/2 (100 XP)

Actions

Spear.

Melee or Ranged Weapon Attack: +3 to hit, reach 5 ft. or range 20/60 ft., one target. Hit: 4 (1d6+1) piercing damage.

Shortsword.

Melee Weapon Attack: +3 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 4 (1d6+1) piercing damage.

Pack Tactics

The Arcane Soldier has advantage on an attack roll against a creature if at least one of the arcane soldier's allies is within 5 feet of the creature and the ally isn't incapacitated.

Spellcasting

The arcane soldier is a 1st-level spellcaster. Its spellcasting ability is Intelligence (spell save DC 11, +3 to hit with spell attacks. The arcane soldier has the following spells prepared:

Cantrips (at will): fire bolt, message, true strike

1st-level (2 slots): alarm, fog cloud, magic missile

Arcane Soldiers typically include members of an army or a royal guard. They could also represent an elite of the Tribal Warrior NPC class. They have been specially trained as spellcasters to more easily cause damage and confuse enemies on the battlefield.