Monster Analysis: Professor Anders + Helmed Horrors

We’ll start with the Helmed Horrors, since they actually have a MM entry:

  • First Appearance: 33 Reunions
  • Armor Class 20
  • Speed 30 ft, Fly 30 ft
  • Resistant to non-adamantine, nonmagical physical weapons
  • Immune to force, necrotic, and poison damage
  • Immune to blinded, charmed, deafened, frightened, paralyzed, petrified, poisoned, and stunned
  • Blindsight 60 ft, Passive 14
  • Average/Max HP: 66, 88 
  • 88 damage received, 34 killing blow by Vex’ahlia’s arrow
  • 72 damage received, 18 killing blow by Vex’ahlia’s arrow

Helmed Horrors are magical constructs, walking suits of armor that are fiercely loyal to their creators with a natural resistance against magic. Unlike undead, which are equally loyal to their commanders, Helmed Horrors are a bit more intelligent, following the intent rather than the letter of their commands. Their magic resistance extends to complete immunity to three specific spells chosen by their creator (none of which came into play in this fight).

Even after the fall of their master, these guardians still proved to be a significant trap to the selfishly selfless rogue. While normally wise to focus their attacks on those of weaker constitution and spell casters, the strategic capabilities of these walking tanks seem to have suffered with the death of Anders.

Speaking of Professor Anders:

  • First Appearance: 33 Reunions
  • Armor Class 17
  • Classes in Bard (Inspiration granted)
  • 192 damage received, 20 HDYWTDT by Percy

Professor Anders was the instructor of the de Rolo children, a trusted authority figure who betrayed them to join the twisted cause of the Briarwoods. Anders demonstrated bardic abilities; these were made manifest by his knowledge of lore rather than his musical prowess. His assassination at the hands of Percy’s Pepperbox marched the crusade of vengeance forward, with his name disappearing from the barrel.

This battle also served the interesting purpose of allowing Dr. Ripley a chance to escape. It also allowed Cassandra to join the team, adding another rogue to the party, and no longer anyone’s bait. (Professor Anders may not undie to see another day, thanks to the fireplace.)

Special thanks to @thesingingbadger for logging episode 33 stats; makes it much easier to write these up!