A painspeaker, from Tome of Magic
Homeland(s) The Mournland
Language(s) whichever it knew when alive
3rd edition rules
Creature Type Undead
Advancement By hit dice
Size Medium
Source Tome of Magic, pg. 269

Painspeakers are mostly found in the Mournland. They were born from the destruction of Cyre. What all of them have in common is that they were a person who had an unspoken message to relay. These medium-sized undead creatures wield truename magic. Instead of employing a broad selection of truename utterances, a painspeaker utters only the reversed form of "moderate word of nurturing."[1]


There were no recorded sightings of painspeakers before the Day of Mourning Once the Mournland was created, though, painspeakers came into existence. Originally sighted in the Mournland, painspeakers have now been sighted in other nations. Many sages believe whatever created the Mournland created this new type of undead.[1]

Appearance & PersonalityEdit

Painspeakers appear as near-skeletal humans, with its grayish flesh pulled taut across its bones. Painspeakers resemble the creatures they were when they were alive. While their appearance is fearful, they become truly horrid when they speak with their inhuman, gravely voices. Each syllable they utter is rife with visceral evil, with the undercurrent of some ancient forgotten language beneath their words.

Painspeakers are created from those that have died before their message had been delivered; whether they were a courier or a lover who never professed their love. They have risen due to the words they have never uttered, and are cursed to blight others with their truename magic.[1]


In addition to their Truespeech utterings, painspeakers possess darkvision, and other traits common to the undead.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Tome of Magic. Matthew Sernett, Dave Noonan, Ari Marmell, and Robert J. Schwalb (2006). Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-3909-1.

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