I am currently prepping Maze of the Blue Medusa as the first part of my Clash of the Titans campaign. Many of the monsters I just intend on swapping them with 5e equivalents and not worrying about CR – with a few exceptions. The chameleon woman are one of those exceptions. Since they can appear a lot on the random encounter tables and escalate in power the more they appear I want to make sure they are more than just “lizard women with more HD”. Here is the first cut, I am sure I will be adding more iterations/hit squads as I play the actual adventure.
Some of these encounters will be set-piece type battles to break up the style of play the chameleon women present and to reflect their alien nature. I’ll be revisiting these as I use them and elaborating as needed.
Chameleon Women are part of the Neonate Empire a degraded successor state of the original Saurid Empire that built the maze as a library. They are here to reclaim some of their former glory by taking back the “library” (maze) and expelling all warm blooded squatters, looters and invaders they find. The lizardfolk mummies found throughout the complex are their ancestors and look upon their descendants with a mix of sympathy and pity, mixed with distaste at how their civilisation has fallen (considering all of the Neonate Empire as uncultured barbarians and feel it would have been better for the Saurid Empire to not have survived at all then become a militant, art under appreciating Neonate Empire.
Chameleon women appear feminine despite their reptilian appearance just as negamancers (all male) appear masculine. Why this is? Who can say without performing an autopsy.
All chameleon women have these traits and actions in addition to any listed for the base creature (per the adventure), update the to-hit and damage appropriately based on the base creature’s numbers.
Proficient in Dexterity (Stealth) and Wisdom (Survival). If the base creature is already proficient in these skills that particular chameleon women is double proficient.
Camouflage. The chameleon woman has advantage on Dexterity (Stealth) checks made to hide in any terrain. They are also proficient in Stealth.
Infravison. In addition to their standard senses all chameleon women can see heat sources. This not only let them see in places where darkvison may not work, it grants them advantage on Wisdom (Survival) skill checks when tracking warm-blooded creatures.
Cruel Machetes. Melee Weapon Attack: +2 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 5 (1d6 + STR) necrotic damage.
S-Shaped Throwing Knives. Melee or Ranged Weapon Attack: +2 to hit, reach 5 ft. or range 30/60 ft., one target. Hit: 5 (1d6 + STR) necrotic damage.
Barbed Net. Ranged Weapon Attack: +2 to hit, range 5/15 ft., one Large or smaller creature. Hit: The target is restrained. A creature can use its action to make a DC 10 Strength check to free itself or another creature in a net, ending the effect on a success. Dealing 5 slashing damage to the net (AC 10) frees the target without harming it and destroys the net. Any attempt to free a target inflicts 2 (1d4) necrotic damage.
Each party will have one sorceress who has the following trait:
Saurid Spellcasting. Chameleon women can cast any wizard or cleric spell of spell levels 1 through 5 at a hit point cost equal to 2 × the level of the spell. So magic missile (a 1st Lvl spell) would cost the sorceress 2 hit points. Spellcasting ability is CHA and save DCs should be calculated as 8 + proficiency bonus of the base creature + Charisma Ability bonus of the base creature.
- First Encounter. d6 lizardfolk. Add a sorceress if you roll a 2+.
- Second Encounter. d6 lizardfolk supported by a giant lizard. Add a sorceress if you roll a 5+.
- Third Encounter. d6 lizardfolk supported by a giant lizard. Add a sorceress if you roll a 4+. Add a shaman if you roll 3+
- Forth Encounter. d6+1 lizardfolk supported by a 1d4 giant lizards. Add a sorceress if you roll a 3+. Add a shaman if you roll 4+
- Fifth Encounter. d6+1 lizardfolk supported by a 1d4 giant lizards and a lizard queen. Add a sorceress if you roll a 2+. Add a shaman if you roll 3+
- Sixth Encounter. d6+1 lizardfolk supported by a 1d4 giant lizards, 1d4 giant snakes and a lizard queen. Add a sorceress if you roll a 2+. Add a shaman if you roll 2+
You can also sub in any of the following – rescind as chameleon women – troglodytes, kuo-toa, sahuagin, and sea hags. They could also potentially back up by crocodiles, and kroxigars – ogre lizardmen… and of course, eventually, yuan-ti.