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Bernard is the Construct guardian of the Arcane Tower in the Underdark. Created by the tower's owner, Lenore De Hurst, Bernard was designed for both protection and companionship.


New sounds through damp and dark oppression break / Is it the foe, that foul, contemptuous heel?

Involvement[edit | edit source]

Act One[edit | edit source]

Created by the former resident of the tower, Lenore, Bernard guards the Arcane Tower. It is located on the top level of the tower and wields the Light of Creation.

Bernard speaks only in poetry. If the player has read the book, The Roads to Darkness on a desk in the Arcane Tower upper floor, they will have the option to respond in kind with "Or art thou friend, a rescue from my lonely wake?". Responding in any other way will cause Bernard to immediately become hostile and attack.

Bards have an optional DC 18 History check to remember/unlock all verses from the play.

If the player replies to Bernard with the appropriate line from the play, it will acknowledge them as its master. The player can then speak additional lines from the play to cause Bernard to take certain actions:

Commands[edit | edit source]

Line Action Required book
"Or art thou friend, a rescue from my lonely wake?" Bernard will acknowledge the player as their master, and remain passive. The Roads to Darkness (third floor / bedroom)
"How can I trust? How will I ever know? / How can I show myself, my darkest me?" Bernard will give Guiding Light to the player. Threadbare Book (first floor / greenhouse)
"These empty sheets are all that's left of you. / The last of all the thoughtless gifts you gave." Bernard will give the player a Potion of Greater Healing. Patched Parchment (table next to Bernard, top floor)
"There is a light in every living thing. / It's crawling t'wards the surface to survive." Bernard and the nearby Animated Armours become hostile and attack. Evil's Ascent (second floor / main entrance marked as Dusty Book before reading it)
"The silence stretches on - I'm all alone. / Please, can I hold your hands, for just a while?" Bernard will hug the player and reassure them. It speaks as if the player is Lenore. Torn-Out Paper (third floor / bedroom)

Act Three[edit | edit source]

Bernard's head can be found on a table in the Steel Watch Foundry. The head cannot be interacted with but the Narrator will briefly comment on it. A note next to the head will state that a scouting party from Ketheric Thorm Ketheric Thorm's army found it at the Arcane Tower and delivered it for research.

Combat[edit | edit source]

Attacks and abilities[edit | edit source]

Static Overdrive.webp

Emanate a static discharge that buffs nearby constructs and hurts all others.
 Range: Self
Multiattack Earth Elemental.webp
Normal weapon damage
+ Normal weapon damage

Aim multiple attacks at a target.
 Melee: 1.5 m / 5  ft

Honour Mode[edit | edit source]

Chain Lightning.webp
D8 Lightning.png 3d8 (3~24) Damage TypesLightning damage

Strike an attacker with lightning, dealing 3d8Damage TypesLightning. Three more bolts will leap from the target, electrifying as many as three other characters within 6 m / 18 ft.
DEX Save
 Range: 18 m / 60 ft
AoE: 6 m / 18 ft (Radius)

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Notable loot[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]