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by Stefan Beate

Here is my take on Petrides from B11:

Petrides from King´s Harvest as a cleric for 5e

The default method for npc spellcasters seen in the MM statblocks is a bit too simple for my taste. The conversion of Petrides in the „classic modules today“ version is simplified due to restrictions set by the licence holder (I guess). He is 2nd level there, probably to keep his spellcasting capabilities similar to the original, and no domain is given.

My take on Petrides is the following:

Petrides, Cleric of Evil Chaos
Medium Human, Evil
Armor Class 16 (Half Plate Armor & Shield, Dex penalty) (18 with Shield of Faith)
Hit Points 18 (2d8+4)
Speed 30 ft.
STR 14 (+2) DEX 9 (-1) CON 15 (+2) INT 10 (0) WIS 17 (+3) CHA14 (+2)
Save WIS +5, CHA +4
Proficiency Bonus +2
Skills Medicine +5 Religion +2 Perception +5
Senses Passive Perception 13
Languages Common & Orcish
Challenge 1/2 (100 XP)


Mace. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft.,one target. Hit: 7 (1d8 + 2) bludgeoning damage.

Spellcasting. Petrides is a 2nd-level spellcaster. His spellcasting ability is Wisdom (spell save DC 13, +5 to hit with spell attacks).
Pwtrides has following cleric spells prepared:
Cantrips (at will): Chill Touch (Reaper: two targets), Light, Mending, Toll the Dead
1st level (3 slots, 5 +2 prepared): False Life (d), Ray of Sickness(d), Cure Wounds, Shield of Faith, Protection from Evil and Good, Command, Bane.

Domain: Death
Powers: Bonus Prof. w Martial Weapons; Reaper: One necromatic cantrip can be used on two adjacent targets. Bonus Spells prepared 1st level: False Life, Ray of Sickness; Channel Divinity: Extra necrotic damage (5 + double level)

I decided to do away with permanent magic items, as these are inappropriate at that level.
I would have given him Full Plate Armor, but a cleric is not proficient with heavy armor. This would have canceled his Dex penalty, incidentally. You could change the Prof. w/Martial to Prof. w/Heavy armor, and give him a full plate, so he would be AC 20, and closer to the original idea. He would be slower due to his strength being lower that 15, however. With Shield of Faith, this would bring his AC to 22 - this probably is too much.

Toll the Dead is not „targeting“ somebody as I unterstand it, so it is not possible to use it with the Reaper feature. (Toll the Dead has a save, not an attack roll). Cure Wounds and Shield of Faith are the closest equivalents to his original spells, while Prot. From Good works quite different in 5e.