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Npc Billy the Kid

By Baker Co., Chicago - The Authentic Life of Billy, the Kid from Princeton University, Public Domain,
By Baker Co., Chicago – The Authentic Life of Billy, the Kid from Princeton University, Public Domain,

Billy the Kid (born Henry McCarty) also known as William H. Bonney, is an outlaw and gunfighter of the American West.

Mythological Figures: Billy the Kid (5E) | EN World | Dungeons & Dragons | Tabletop Roleplaying Games

Billy the Kid a.k.a. Henry McCarty a.k.a. William H. Bonney was born sometime in 1859 in New York city, moving with his mother to Indianapolis where she meets and marries William Henry Harrison Antrim. Together they move down to Kansas, then Santa Fe in the New Mexico territory where she dies shortly thereafter to tuberculosis. Only 15 years old, in exchange for room and board he lives with Sarah Brown until made to leave for stealing food all of 10 days later. Then comes his first real crime: stealing clothing and a pair of pistols from a chinese laundry alongside George Schaefer–he breaks out of jail all of 2 days later, becoming a fugitive and living with his stepfather before he of course steals from him and makes for the Arizona Territory.

Henry McCarty (he’s still using his birth name at this point) is a gambling ranch hand, working with John R. Mackie (a Scottish criminal and US Cavalry private) to steal horses from the local soldiers. It’s here he gets the Kid part of his nickname, so-called for his “youth, slight build, clean-shaven appearance, and personality.” In the village of Bonita in 1877, McCarty gets into an argument with a blacksmith named Francis P. “Windy” Cahill–things get heated, a fight breaks out, and in the end the smithy is shot, dying the next day. McCarty flees but is captured when he returns, though of course he escapes on a stolen horse and makes for the New Mexico Territory. Unfortunately this time the steed is taken by Apaches and McCarty has to walk to Fort Stanton, staying with a friend named John Jones and brought back into good health by the fellow’s mother (Barbara Jones). Next, he joins up with rustlers stealing cattle from John Chisum in Lincoln County. The second part of his nickname begins this year as he starts calling himself William H. Bonney.

During the Lincoln County War (a violent but informal clash between the local rancher factions of McSween versus Murphy-Dolan) Billy the Kid was charged with 3 murders, and over the course of the rest of his outlaw career–which lasts until 1881–he’s thought to have killed another 8 men, and more impressively breaks out of prison another half dozen odd times. Several men claimed to be him though only two hold any possibility of being true, and although The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid is published the next year the popularity of his legend took its time taking root.


Medium humanoid, chaotic neutral gunfighter (drifter) 8
Armor Class 16 (agile defense)
Hit Points 60 (8d10+16)
Speed 30 ft.

14 (+2)18 (+4)14 (+2)12 (+1)9 (-1)14 (+2)

Saving Throws Dex +7, Cha +5
Skills Animal Handling +2, Perception +2, Stealth +7, Sleight of Hand +7, Survival +2; disguise kit +4, gun kit +4, thieves’ tools +7
Senses passive Perception 12
Languages English
Challenge 6 (2,300 XP)

Background: Guttersnipe – Urban Knowledge. Billy and his allies (while outside of combat) move at double their normal speed when traveling between two locations in the same city.

Feat: Superb Aim. Billy doesn’t have disadvantage when attacking at long range. When Billy makes his first ranged weapon attack in a turn, he can choose to take a -5 penalty to his ranged weapon attack rolls in exchange for a +10 bonus to ranged weapon damage.

Fighting Style: Point‐Blank Shooter. Billy does not have disadvantage on attack rolls when he is within 5 feet of a hostile creature who can see him and who isn’t incapacitated.

Flushed Shot. Billy’s ranged weapon attacks ignore half and three‐quarters cover.

Lay of the Land. Billy doubles his proficiency bonus when making Intelligence or Wisdom checks relating to the outdoors. While traveling through the wilderness for an hour or more, he gains the following benefits:

  • Difficult terrain doesn’t slow his group’s travel.
  • Billy’s group can’t become lost except by magical means.
  • Even when Billy is engaged in another activity while traveling (such as foraging, navigation, or tracking), he remains alert to danger.
  • If he is traveling alone, Billy can move stealthily at a normal pace.
  • When Billy forages, he finds twice as much food as he normally would.
  • While tracking other creatures, Billy also learns their exact number, their sizes, and how long ago they passed through the area.

Extra Attack. Billy can attack twice, instead of once, whenever he takes the Attack action on his turn. If he’s wielding his revolvers, he uses his bonus action to fire it (and does not gain his Dexterity bonus to damage).

Dagger. Melee or Ranged Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, reach 5 ft. or range 20/60 ft., one target. Hit: 6 (1d4+4) piercing damage.

Revolvers. Ranged Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, range 40/120 ft., one target. Hit: 13 (2d8+4) piercing damage.

Hunting Rifle. Ranged Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, range 80/240 ft., one target. Hit: 15 (2d10+4) piercing damage.

Fast Draw. As a reaction when a creature attacks Billy, he can make a ranged weapon attack against that creature. This attack occurs before the attacking creature’s. Additionally, once per round Billy can draw and stow one or two firearms without requiring any action.

Reputation (2/Long Rest). As a reaction when a creature Billy can see makes an ability check, attack roll, or saving throw, he can impose disadvantage on that roll as the power of his reputation shakes its resolve.

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