Danse Macabre (3pp)

At first the advancing figures appear to be a collection of skeletons and zombies. Then, you notice the fluidity of their movements. One pirouettes. Another executes a graceful box step. Two more sashay around each other. They all keep time, clapping their grisly hands. It’s horrifying, and yet somehow catchy. Your left foot starts tapping as you try to resist the lure of the monsters’ deathly dance.

Danse Macabre CR 1

XP 400
NE Medium undead (evil, extraplanar)
Init +7; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +2


AC 15, touch 13, flat-footed 12 (+3 Dex, +2 natural)
hp 15 (2d8+6)
Fort +3, Ref +3, Will +5
DR 5/bludgeoning; Immune cold, undead traits


Speed 30 ft.
Melee 2 claws +3 (1d4+2)
Special Attacks danse macabre


Str 14, Dex 16, Con –, Int 10, Wis 14, Cha 16
Base Atk +1; CMB +3; CMD 16
Feats Improved Initiative
Skills Acrobatics +7, Disguise +7, Perform (any one) +7, Stealth +7
Languages Abyssal, Infernal


Danse Macabre (Su)

As a standard action, a danse macabre can attempt to inflict its namesake ability on a single humanoid or monstrous humanoid within 30 feet. The victim must make a DC 13 Will save or start to dance for up to 4 rounds. While dancing, the victim can take a single 5-foot step each round (a free action). The victim suffers a -4 penalty to Dexterity while dancing (since he’s not in control of his body). The victim can speak normally, but cannot attempt any other actions except attempting to break the enchantment. On the victim’s next turn only, he may attempt a new saving throw to end the effect. This is a full round action that does not provoke attacks of opportunity. If this save is successful, the effect ends. If not, the victim dances for the entire duration. A danse macabre can use this ability 4 times per day. This is a mind-affecting compulsion. The save DC is Charisma-based.


Environment any (Gehenna, Hades, or Tarterus)
Organization solitary, pair, or troupe (3-9)
Treasure standard

The danse macabre are undead monsters from hellish planes. In those benighted places, they are among the lowliest of the damned, and are most often found entertaining daemonic courts. Wicked creatures on the Material Plane who seek to emulate daemonic pageantry covet the service of danse macabre troupes. These monsters are not loyal servants, however. Danse macabre have betrayed more than one diabolist. Rogue danse macabre hide on the outskirts of civilization, relying on disguise and stealth to prey on hapless loners.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Quid Novi? Issue XII, Volume I Copyright 2010, Spes Magna Games; Mark L. Chance.

scroll to top