The Avenger class in 4E has some interesting abilities that aren’t mirrored in the stat blocks of any creatures found in the Monster Manual. These Avenging Painbringers are Paragon-level skirmishers sure to be more of a thorn in the PCs’ sides than your typical minions.
Avenging painbringers, at first glance, seem to be hooded and cloaked humanoids wielding a radiant blade. However, peering into the hood shows them to be amorphous beings of radiant light.
Created by Torog using the divine sparks of victims who expired during torture, they are efficient guardians and relentless harriers that the god puts to use in most of his torture dens. Too valuable to scatter around the Underdark, Torog keeps them close to the dens, preferring to use Wrackspawn and the like to exert his will on other areas of the Deeps. Avenging painbringers have a unique persistence endowed upon them by their close proximity to the god’s power centers. One only knows an avenging painbringer is defeated when the radiant spark burns away the cloak and hood that conceal it, leaving nothing but smoke and ash.
Originally, I had the Painwrought Resurgence power recharge on a 6. I’ve increased the likelihood based on the fact that most creatures have a chance to recharge their powers several times during a fight. Since a failure means the power is gone with no more opportunity to recharge, I upped the odds. We’ll see how it works in our next adventure.