Friday, December 15, 2017

Frightful Fridays! Malevolent Plants

Hello, and welcome to another Frightful Fridays! This week presents a bounty of two terrible plants, the detonating bramble and the rotshroom. The detonating bramble shoots thorns into its victims and the thorns explode into brambles while inside their victims. Fun! The rotshroom is more actively evil and likes to instantly decay its victims, which rise as zombies when they die. Also fun!

I hope you enjoy both of these monsters. I'll see you next week with another monster!

This gnarled and twisted collection of plant matter sports long, sharp thorns that look like they could break away easily.
Detonating Bramble      CR 9
XP 6,400
N Small plant
Init +9; Senses low-light vision; Perception +14
AC 23, touch 17, flat-footed 17 (+5 Dex, +1 dodge, +6 natural, +1 size)
hp 119 (14d8+56); verdant healing
Fort +13, Ref +11, Will +5
Defensive Abilities thorn defense; DR 10/cold iron and slashing; Immune electricity, plant traits
Weaknesses kindling
Speed 30 ft., climb 20 ft.
Melee 4 thorns +16 (1d6+4 plus bleed)
Ranged 2 thorns +17 (1d6+4 plus bleed)
Special Attacks broken thorn, detonating thorn
Str 18, Dex 21, Con 18, Int 1, Wis 12, Cha 7
Base Atk +10; CMB +13; CMD 29 (can't be tripped)
Feats Dodge, Improved Initiative, Lightning Reflexes, Mobility, Spring Attack, Weapon Focus (thorn)
Skills Climb +12, Perception +14, Stealth +16 (+24 in undergrowth); Racial Modifiers +8 Stealth in undergrowth
Environment any forest
Organization solitary or cluster (2–7)
Treasure incidental
Broken Thorn (Ex) A detonating bramble must break off a thorn when it uses it as a ranged weapon, and may break off a thorn when it makes a successful melee attack with a thorn. This deals 1d4 points of damage to detonating bramble. On a successful hit with a thorn, the bramble gains a free combat maneuver check with a +4 racial bonus to impale the thorn in the foe it struck. Removing one thorn requires a DC 20 Heal check made as a full-round action. For every 5 by which the check is exceeded, one additional thorn can be removed. On a failed check, a thorn is removed, but the process deals 1d6+2 points of damage to the victim.
A thrown thorn has a 10-foot range increment.
Detonating Thorn (Ex) A broken thorn explodes into an inert bramble after 1d4 rounds. This deals 6d6 points of piercing damage to the victim (DC 21 Fortitude halves). The victim is entangled and nauseated until the bramble is removed, requiring a DC 21 Heal check made as a full-round action. On a failed check, the bramble remains, and the victim takes 2d6 points of damage. The DCs are Constitution-based.
Kindling (Ex) Upon taking fire damage, a detonating bramble gains vulnerability to fire. If it fails its Reflex save against an attack that requires a save and deals fire damage, it catches fire, taking 1d6 points of fire damage each round, but its melee attacks add 1d6 points of fire damage. It can attempt a Reflex save (at the same DC as the original Reflex save) as a full-round action to put itself out; the bramble has a +4 racial bonus on this save.
Thorn Defense (Ex) Any creature that strikes a detonating bramble with a non-reach melee weapon, unarmed strike, or natural weapon takes 1d6+2 points of piercing damage from the bramble’s thorns. The bramble can use its broken thorn ability to lodge a thorn into its opponent.
Verdant Healing (Ex) While in undergrowth, a detonating bramble gains fast healing 2.

Created by fey druids, detonating brambles are a blight on living, fleshy creatures making the mistake of entering their lairs. While possessing more of an instinctual level of intelligence, the brambles are patient enough to wait for their victims to draw close enough for them to attack from a position of advantage within the undergrowth where they hide. Detonating brambles gather up loose plant material from undergrowth, which allows them to heal from the damage they inflict upon themselves to leave thorn within their victims. These thorns become terrible time bombs that burst into a full-grown bramble while devastating their hosts. These new brambles are inert, initially, but become new detonating brambles if left to grow in the gory remains of their victims.

Evil druids cultivate detonating brambles as guardians, but they must use magic to control the brambles, since the creatures are too dim to recognize them as allies.

A typical detonating bramble has a 4-foot radius and weighs 20 pounds.


This pale mushroom has a seam down its stalk giving it a pair of legs. It oozes a tarry substance from its cap, and a pungent odor emanates from the tar.
Rotshroom      CR 7
XP 3,200
NE Small plant
Init +3; Senses deathwatch, low-light vision; Perception +9
Aura stench (20 ft., DC 18, 2d4 rounds)
AC 20, touch 14, flat-footed 17 (+3 Dex, +6 natural, +1 size)
hp 85 (10d8+40)
Fort +10, Ref +8, Will +5
DR 5/good; Immune cold, death effects, disease, negative energy, plant traits
Speed 20 ft.
Melee 2 tentacles +12 (1d6–1 plus spores)
Space 5 ft.; Reach 5 ft. (10 ft. with tentacles)
Special Attacks create spawn, spore cloud, spores
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 10th; concentration +13)
Str 8, Dex 17, Con 16, Int 6, Wis 15, Cha 17
Base Atk +7; CMB +5; CMD 18
Feats Lightning Reflexes, Skill Focus (Heal), Toughness, Weapon Finesse, Weapon Focus (tentacle)
Skills Heal +10, Perception +9, Stealth +11
Environment any temperate or warm land or underground
Organization solitary or corpse grove (2–12)
Treasure none
Create Spawn (Ex) A living creature that dies as a result of a rotshroom’s spores rises as a free-willed fast zombie with the rotshoom’s rot spores special attack 1d4 rounds later.
Spore Cloud (Ex) Once every 1d6 rounds, a rotshroom can release a 20-foot-radius cloud of spores. All creatures caught within the cloud are subject to the rotshroom’s spores and must attempt a DC 18 Fortitude save. On a failure, the victim becomes sickened for 1d4 rounds; if it is already sickened as a result of a previous use of the rotshroom’s spore cloud or its stench, the victim instead becomes nauseated for 1d4 rounds. The save DC is Constitution-based.
Spores (Ex) Any creature that takes damage from a rotshroom’s tentacle attack or is caught in the rotshroom’s spore cloud becomes exposed to its spores. These spores grow rapidly in living creatures. This affliction is a disease effect, but it is poison-like in its speed and duration.
Rot Spores: Disease—injury or ingested; save Fort DC 18; frequency 1/round for 8 rounds; effect 1d4 Con damage and 2d4 bleed, and the victim must succeed on an additional Fortitude save or 1 point of Con damage becomes 1 point of Con drain instead; cure 2 consecutive saves.

Rotshrooms thrive in areas where dead bodies have been left to decay. They accelerate rot, so they can more readily feed on it. Their predilection for open grave sites and other places where large numbers of creatures died gives them a kind of necromantic ability, and living creatures that succumb to the rot they inflict come back as shambling undead. This ability makes them attractive to powerful undead and necromancers, since the plants do the work of revivifying bodies, leaving the newly created zombies available for control by these powerful creatures. The plants also serve as a line of defense for undead creatures and frustrate enemies who come prepared to destroy undead, but may be surprised by living allies capable of incapacitating their foes with their virulent rotting disease and disgusting odor.

A typical rotshroom stands 3–1/2 tall and weighs 50 pounds.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Frightful Fridays! Forest Linnorm

Hello and welcome back to another installment of Frightful Fridays! I know I gave you plants last week, but the forest linnorm is on the opposite end of the power scale, plus it's technically a dragon. I thought it would be fun to design a less overtly threatening linnorm, but it will react to threats just as nastily as any of its obviously evil cousins.

I hope you enjoy the forest linnorm. See you next week with another monster!

Several trees grow from this dragonlike creature, creating horns sprouting from its forehead and a row of spines down its back.
Forest Linnorm      CR 18
XP 153,600
N Colossal dragon
Init +10; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision, scent, true seeing; Perception +29
AC 34, touch 8, flat-footed 28 (+6 Dex, +26 natural, –8 size)
hp 310 (20d12+180)
Fort +21, Ref +20, Will +18
Defensive Abilities freedom of movement; DR 15/cold iron; Immune curse effects, electricity, negative energy, plant traits; SR 29
Speed 50 ft., burrow 40 ft., climb 40 ft., fly 120 ft. (poor)
Melee bite +28 (3d6+16), 2 claws +28 (2d6+16), slam +28 (2d8+16/19–20), tail slap +23 (2d6+8 plus grab)
Space 30 ft.; Reach 30 ft.
Special Attacks breath weapon (DC 29), constrict (2d6+16), death curse, poison
Str 43, Dex 22, Con 28, Int 7, Wis 22, Cha 29
Base Atk +20; CMB +44 (+46 bull rush, +48 grapple); CMD 60 (62 vs. bull rush, can't be tripped)
Feats Awesome Blow, Blind-fight, Combat Reflexes, Improved Bull Rush, Improved Critical (slam), Improved Initiative, Improved Vital Strike, Lightning Reflexes, Power Attack, Vital Strike
Skills Climb +30, Fly +10, Knowledge (nature) +21, Perception +29, Stealth +13 (+25 in forests), Swim +23; Racial Modifiers +12 Stealth in forests
Languages Draconic, Sylvan; plantspeech
Environment temperate hills
Organization solitary
Treasure triple
Breath Weapon (Su) Once every 1d4 rounds as a standard action, a forest linnorm can expel a 60-foot cone of electrified, grasping vines, dealing 20d8 points of electricity damage to all creatures struck (Reflex DC 29 for half). Creatures that fail their saves are immobilized in the vines, while creatures that save are entangled. The vines remain for 1d4 rounds, filling the cone-shaped area, before withering. Any creature that ends its turn in the vines take 4d6 points of electricity damage (no save). The save DC is Constitution-based.
Death Curse (Su) Curse of Forest’s Foe: save Will DC 29; effect the creature is treated as entangled when it is in forest terrain, the creature takes a –10 penalty on Survival skill checks and all physical skill checks within a forest, and all plants have an initial attitude of hostile toward the creature, gain a +2 bonus on attack rolls against the creature, and their attacks deal an extra 2d6 points of damage to the creature.
Plantspeech (Ex) A forest linnorm has the ability to converse with plants as if subject to a continual speak with plants spell. Most plants greet the linnorm with an attitude of friendly or helpful.
Poison (Ex) Bite—injury; save Fort DC 29; frequency 1/round for 10 rounds; effect 4d6 electricity damage and 1d6 Str drain; cure 2 consecutive saves.

Forest linnorms are a species of so-called southern linnorms, which are decidedly less harsh than their cousins to the north in reflection of the gentler nature of their territory. This does not mean forest linnorms are immediately friendly to trespassers, but they generally prefer to converse before attacking. However, creatures that harm the forest the linnorms call home receive their immediate wrath. The draconic creatures provide homes to animals, a variety of plants (sentient and non-sentient), and fey. When at rest, forest linnorms look like a copse of trees and incidentally provide shade and shelter for visitors to their sizable mass. Provided these visitors do no harm to the trees making up the linnorm’s body, it is possible the visitors may never realize they encountered a living creature. Forest linnorms shed seeds from the trees comprising their bodies to regrow forests which have been devastated by natural catastrophes or destruction wrought by humanoids.

A forest linnorm is 55 feet long and weighs about 12,000 pounds.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Frightful Fridays! Festive Leshys

Hello and welcome back for another installment of Frightful Fridays! This week you're getting leshys, because everyone needs more leshys. You can put these in your Yuletide-themed games or pretty much anywhere else where you've got a forest. Go crazy!

I hope you enjoy these leshys, and I'll see you next week with something else. Thanks for reading!

Bright red berries grow in clusters on this plant resembling a humanoid. Its razor-sharp leaves contrast with the berries’ cheerful appearance.
Holly Leshy      CR 3
XP 800
N Small plant (leshy, shapechanger)
Init +6; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision; Perception +9
AC 15, touch 13, flat-footed 13 (+2 Dex, +2 natural, +1 size)
hp 30 (4d8+12)
Fort +7, Ref +3, Will +3
Defensive Abilities sharp leaves; Immune electricity, plant traits, sonic
Speed 30 ft.
Melee slam +6 (1d6/19–20 plus 1d2 bleed)
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 4th; concentration +6)
   Constant—pass without trace
Str 10, Dex 15, Con 16, Int 10, Wis 15, Cha 14
Base Atk +3; CMB +2; CMD 14
Feats Improved Initiative, Weapon Finesse
Skills Heal +4, Perception +9, Stealth +6 (+10 in forests), Survival +4 (+8 in forests); Racial Modifiers +4 Stealth in forests, +4 Survival in forests
Languages Druidic, Sylvan; plantspeech
SQ change shape (Small holly bush; tree shape), holly berries, verdant burst
Environment temperate or warm forests
Organization solitary or hedge (2–9)
Treasure standard
Holly Berries (Ex) A holly leshy begins combat with 4 berries with healing properties. It can consume a berry as a move action, which heals it 1d4 hit points. The leshy replenishes its berries at a rate of 1 berry per 6 hours; it can have no more than 4 berries at a time.
Sharp Leaves (Ex) A holly leshy’s leaves are painfully sharp, increasing its critical threat range with its slam attack to 19–20 and allowing it to inflict 1d2 points of bleed damage on a successful strike. Additionally, when a creature grapples a holly leshy or successfully hits it with an unarmed attack or natural attack, the creature must succeed on a DC 15 Reflex save or take 1d6 points of damage. The save DC is Constitution-based.

Holly leshys have a dichotomous nature, acting as a bloodthirsty warrior and simultaneously as a caring healer. Among plants and creatures they are sworn to protect, the leshys are generally kind and helpful, but they have short tempers and often storm off in a huff when something bothers them. This lasts for a few minutes before they return, very apologetic for the outburst. When something threatens their home, though, they fly into action and slice up their opponents, giving them no quarter. This ferociousness makes it difficult for allies other than holly leshys to get the leshys to leave survivors. This also makes it difficult for them to remain still and wait for enemies to approach so they can attack them with the element of surprise. Holly leshy impetuousness sometimes exasperates lotus leshys with which they share homes.

A typical holly leshy grows to 2 feet in height and weighs 15 pounds.

Growing a Holly Leshy
A holly leshy can grow in any forested area. It must receive at least one drop of blood and a berry from a goodberry spell to grow.
Holly Leshy
CL 8th; Price 4,500 gp
Requirements Knowledge (nature) 5 ranks, bloody claws[APG], goodberry, plant growth, summon nature’s ally III; Skill Knowledge (nature) DC 16; Cost 2,250 price gp


This softly nettled plant is shaped like a somewhat pear-shaped humanoid. Several pine cone droop from its limbs.
Pine Leshy      CR 6
XP 2,400
N Medium plant (leshy, shapechanger)
Init +2; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision; Perception +12
AC 18, touch 12, flat-footed 16 (+2 Dex, +6 natural)
hp 67 (9d8+27)
Fort +9, Ref +5, Will +6
Immune electricity, plant traits, sonic; Resist cold 5
Speed 30 ft.
Melee 2 slams +12 (1d6+9 plus grab)
Ranged pine cone +9 (1d6+6)
Special Attacks pine sap, shower of cones
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 9th; concentration +11)
   Constant—pass without trace
Str 23, Dex 14, Con 17, Int 10, Wis 16, Cha 15
Base Atk +6; CMB +12 (+14 disarm, +16 grapple); CMD 24
Feats Cleave, Great Cleave, Power Attack, Vital Strike, Weapon Focus (pine cone)
Skills Perception +12, Stealth +8 (+12 in forests), Survival +12 (+16 in forests); Racial Modifiers +4 Stealth in forests, +4 Survival in forests
Languages Druidic, Sylvan; plantspeech
SQ change shape (Medium pine tree, tree shape), verdant burst
Environment cold or temperate forests
Organization solitary or stand (2–7)
Treasure standard
Pine Cone (Ex) A pine leshy’s pine cone has a range increment of 30 feet.
Pine Sap (Ex) A pine leshy gains a +2 racial bonus to its CMB for disarm attempts. Additionally, it takes a –2 penalty to its CMD to resist grapple attempts, but it receives a +2 racial bonus to its CMD against attempts to break free of its grapple.
Shower of Cones (Ex) Once per day, a pine leshy can take a standard action, without incurring attacks of opportunity, to violently shake off several pine cones. This deals 2d6 bludgeoning damage to every creature adjacent to the leshy (DC 17 Reflex halves).

Pine leshys are one of the largest known species of leshy, but they are typically gentle giants. They can thrive in almost any environment, but they prefer colder climates where they can provide protection to less adaptable plants and animals. They are slow to provoke to anger, but antagonizing them to that point unleashes a series of unrelenting nettle-filled smacks. If they aren’t incited to attack, they attempt to defuse a combat by grabbing hold of the most troublesome participant or interposing themselves between opponents.

During downtime, pine leshys are very kind and spend much of their time listening to other plants’ concerns. The leshys offer warm embraces to creatures which accept them and suggestions for issues regarding those they view as friends. Pine leshys often travel to humanoid settlements to extend friendship and take care of the plants and animals living there.

A typical pine leshy is 5–1/2 feet tall and weighs 100 pounds.

Growing a Pine Leshy
A pine leshy grows best among other conifers. It must be coated in fresh pine needles to ensure its growth.
Pine Leshy
CL 14th Price 12,000 gp

Requirements Knowledge (nature) 5 ranks, plant growth, resinous skin, summon nature’s ally VI; Skill Knowledge (nature) DC 21; Cost 6,000 gp