Creatures of Gensokyo III: Phantom Ensemble

This is the third and final part of Creatures of Gensokyo, a series of D&D monster statistics based on characters from cult Japanese game series Touhou.

The ghostly Prismriver sisters are the best known musicians in Gensokyo, attracting fans from distant realms. As poltergeists, the sisters can play their instruments without touching, or even necessarily appearing within sight. In fact, the instruments themselves are phantoms, and create sounds not only audiable to the ear, but which resonate with the spirit.

However, their origin is a sad tale. Long ago, Count Prismriver died suddenly, leaving four orphaned daughters - Lunasa, Merlin, Lyrica and Layla. Whether the three eldest sisters died soon after or left home, the youngest, Layla, could not bear to leave, and prayed for her sisters to return. Three poltergeists took pity on her and assumed the form of the sisters, who cared for Layla until she too died. The phantom sisters can still be heard in the mansion to this day, invisibly practicing their music.

The eldest sister is Lunasa, a violinist. She dresses in black, with white trim. Lunasa’s music matches her gloomy demeanour, and possesses the ability to overwhelm weak-minded listeners with depression. Her violin is a phantom of an instrument said to outclass any crafted by human hands.

Lunasa Prismriver — Level 15 Controller
Medium undead humanoid — XP 1,200

Initiative +12 Senses Perception +15; darkvision
HP 148; Bloodied 74
AC 29; Fortitude 27, Reflex 27, Will 28
Immune Disease, poison
Speed 6, fly 6 (hover); phasing

Basic Melee Phantom Din (standard; at-will) ♦ Thunder
+20 vs AC; 1d10+6 thunder damage.

Ranged Spirit Strings (standard; at-will) ♦ Psychic
Ranged 5; +19 vs. Will; 2d8+6 psychic damage, and the target takes a -2 penalty to attack rolls (save ends).

Blast String Performance (standard; recharge 5,6) ♦ Psychic
Close burst 5; targets enemies; +19 vs Will, 2d8+6 psychic damage, and the target is weakened (save ends).

Alignment Unaligned Languages Common
Skills Stealth +15
Str 14 (+9) Dex 21 (+12) Wis 17 (+10)
Con 21 (+12) Int 17 (+10) Cha 23 (+13)

Merlin, a trumpeter, often takes center stage at performances. She dresses in pink, with blue and black trim. Merlin’s music has the power to uplift the spirit, sometimes to the point of inspiring mania. Her instrument is said to be the phantom of a trumpet that has taken the blood of many musicians, but it’s not known if this is true.

Merlin Prismriver — Level 15 Controller
Medium undead humanoid — XP 1,200

Initiative +12 Senses Perception +15; darkvision
HP 148; Bloodied 74
AC 29; Fortitude 27, Reflex 27, Will 28
Immune Disease, poison
Speed 6, fly 6 (hover); phasing

Basic Melee Phantom Din (standard; at-will) ♦ Thunder
+20 vs AC; 1d10+6 thunder damage.

Ranged Trumpet Ghost (standard; at-will) ♦ Psychic
Ranged 5; +19 vs. Will; 2d8+6 psychic damage; the target slides 5 squares and is dazed (save ends).

Blast Dark Trumpet (standard; recharge 5,6) ♦ Psychic
Close burst 5; targets enemies; +19 vs Will, 2d8+6 psychic damage; the target moves 5 squares and makes a basic attack against its nearest ally.

Alignment Unaligned Languages Common
Skills Stealth +15
Str 14 (+9) Dex 21 (+12) Wis 15 (+9)
Con 20 (+12) Int 14 (+9) Cha 23 (+13)

The youngest sister is Lyrica, a keyboardist. She dresses in red, with pink and black trim. Merlin’s winged instrument possesses the ability to create incredible illusory sounds unlike any natural instrument. However, they do not resonate with the spirit like those of her sisters.

Lyrica Prismriver — Level 15 Controller
Medium undead humanoid — XP 1,200

Initiative +12 Senses Perception +15; darkvision
HP 148; Bloodied 74
AC 29; Fortitude 27, Reflex 27, Will 28
Immune Disease, poison
Speed 6, fly 6 (hover); phasing

Basic Melee Phantom Din (standard; at-will) ♦ Thunder
+20 vs AC; 1d10+6 thunder damage.

Ranged Dark Keys (standard; at-will) ♦ Psychic
Ranged 5; +19 vs. Will; 2d8+6 psychic damage, and the target takes a -2 penalty to attack rolls (save ends).

Blast Fazioli Dark Performance (standard; recharge 5,6) ♦ Psychic
Close burst 5; targets enemies; +19 vs Will, 2d8+6 psychic damage, the target is deafened and dazed (save ends).

Alignment Unaligned Languages Common
Skills Stealth +15
Str 14 (+9) Dex 21 (+12) Wis 14 (+19)
Con 21 (+12) Int 20 (+12) Cha 23 (+13)

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