Some folks like to subvert expectations by creating an evil Santa Claus. To me, that undercuts the spirit of the season a bit too much.

Instead, I'm going to stat up Saint Nicholas as an ally NPC, using a monster stat block just because it's frankly easier when running an NPC.

Saint Nicholas runs an orphanage and monastery deep in the cold north of the continent. Known far and wide as a jolly, generous old man, few know of his alter ego.

Saint Nicholas's love of children has given him a special bond with his god. When children are in danger, Saint Nicholas receives a vision, whereupon he quietly leaves his monastery in the hands of his elven assistants for a few days on a "mission," taking only a large sack on his oversize reindeer mount.

Art of Saint Nicholas

Within the sack are a huge axe and horned helmet. When he dons the helmet, Saint Nicholas is transformed into a muscled avenger who calls himself the Chosen One and rescues or avenges children from those who mistreat them.

Many an abusive adult has been shocked to see a heavily muscled, shirtless old man charge at them on a massive reindeer, the grimly determined man swinging a massive glowing battleaxe.

Stat block

Homebrewery stat block for D&D 5E:

The Chosen One

Medium human, lawful good

  • Armor Class 18
  • Hit Points 117 (18d8 + 36)
  • Speed 30 ft.
    16 (+3) 10 (+0) 14 (+2) 11 (+0) 17 (+3) 18 (+4)

  • Saving Throws Con +6, Wis +7, Cha +8
  • Skills Intimidation +8, Religion +4, Stealth +7
  • Senses passive Perception 13
  • Languages Any two
  • Challenge 10 (5,900 XP)

Spellcasting. The Chosen One is a 9th-level spellcaster, using Wisdom (spell save DC 15, +7 to hit with spell attacks). It has the following cleric spells prepared:

  • Cantrips (at will): light, mending, sacred flame, spare the dying
  • 1st level (4 slots): guiding bolt, healing word
  • 2nd level (3 slots): magic weapon, spiritual weapon
  • 3rd level (3 slots): dispel magic, water walk
  • 4th level (3 slots): banishment
  • 5th level (1 slot): flame strike, mass cure wounds

Punish the Guilty. The Chosen One can mark one creature at a time. The Chosen One has advantage on attacks against this target, which takes an extra 6 (1d12) radiant damage from hits (factored in below).


Multiattack. The Chosen One makes two melee attacks.

Greataxe. Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 9 (1d12 + 3) slashing damage. On a hit, a marked target takes an additional 6 (1d12) radiant damage.

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