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astsuo toru

This adventure, Five Deadly Shadows, is from Dungeon #195.  A 4e adventure which I converted to 5e.  I used this to show the players two things – the larger spiritual battle happening between Amaterasu and Tsuki-Yomi vs the oni god Fumeiyoshi.  As well as the cultural difference between East and West in particular for a Japanese-analogue culture.

Apart from emphasising these powers through the adventure and making it explicit that the Five Deadly Shadows worshiped Fumeiyoshi I played the adventure as written.

Atsuo Toru was a good fight.  My PCs kidnapped his younger sister and used her as leverage to talk him down.


Medium humanoid (human), chaotic neutral

Armor Class 12 (15 with mage armor)

Hit Points 84 (13d8 + 26)

Speed 30 ft. 







10 (+0) 14 (+2) 14 (+2) 18 (+4) 12 (+1) 11 (+0)

Saving Throws INT +8, WIS +5

Skills Arcana +8, History +8

Senses passive Perception 11

Languages Common, Oni

Challenge 9 (5,000 XP)

Arcane Ward. Atsuo has a magical ward that has 30 hit points. Whenever he takes damage, the ward takes the damage instead. If the ward is reduced to 0 hit points, Atsuo takes any remaining damage. When he uses Incite Rage or Crimson Bolt, the ward regains 1d10 hit points.

Stone Garden’s Master. Any ally of Toru’s that starts its turn within 15 feet of him gains a +2 bonus to attack rolls and damage rolls when attacking at the end of a charge until the end of that ally’s turn.


Naginata. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit5 (1d10) slashing.

Incite Rage. Ranged Spell Attack: +8 to hit, range 50 ft., one target. Hit: 10 (3d6) psychic damage, and the target must make a DC 16 Wisdom saving throw or charge a creature of Toru’s choosing.

Crimson Bolt (Recharge 5-6). Ranged Spell Attack: +8 to hit, range 100 ft., one target. Hit: 10 (3d6) lightning damage, and the target takes ongoing 5 lighting damage (DC 16 Constitution or Arcana check ends this effect).


Naginata Fling. When an enemy adjacent to Atsuo deals damage to him he may use his reaction to make a naginata attack. This attack also pushes the target up to 15 feet away.



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