Tri-flower Frond

Tri-flower Frond

This man-sized is deep green with trumpet-shaped flowers

of red, yellow, and orange topping its stalks.

Tri-flower Frond

XP 100 ()

Unaligned Medium

Initiative +0


DEFENSE

AC 12

hp: 19 (3d8 + 6)

Immunity: Psychic damage; charm, fright, prone, stun, unconsciousness


OFFENSE

Speed: 0 ft.

Multiattack: A tri-flower frond makes two melee attacks.

Melee Attack—Tranquilizing Tendrils: +4 to hit (reach 5 ft.; one creature). Hit: 1d4 + 2 piercing damage and the target must make a successful DC 12 Con saving throw or become unconscious. This is a poison effect; resistance or immunity to sleep effects don’t apply against it. The creature remains unconscious for one hour or until wakened with a successful DC 10 Wis (Medicine) check.

Melee Attack—Digestive Juice: automatic hit (reach 5 ft.; one unconscious creature). Hit: 1d6 acid damage.

Melee Attack—Fluid Drain: automatic hit (reach 5 ft.; one unconscious creature). Hit: the target is grappled and its Constitution score is reduced by 1d3 points. A creature dies if its Constitution is reduced to 0.


STATISTICS

Str 14 (+2), Dex 10 (+0), Con 14 (+2),

Int 0 (–5), Wis 10 (+0), Cha 2 (–4)

Languages: None

Senses: Tremorsense 30 ft.


TRAITS

Camouflage: A tri-flower frond looks like a normal, if exotic, flowering . Until it attacks, its dangerous nature can be recognized only with close inspection and a successful DC 15 Int (Nature) check. Once characters have fought these s, they can be recognized again on sight.


ECOLOGY

Environment: Warm and

Organization: Solitary, patch (2–5), or grove (6–11)

Tri-flower fronds are carnivorous s found in warm and hilly regions. Rarely, they extend their range into mild temperate zones. They are immobile, but they reproduce readily by releasing seeds into the air. The seeds drift on the wind or hitch rides on passing creatures. They take root rapidly once they touch the ground, and reach full maturity within a few months.

These creatures are active round the clock. They dine on fresh meat of any kind, having no preference for one kind over any other. When a potential meal falls victim to the tri-flower’s narcotic poison, the droops a frond over the fallen creature, allowing its yellow bloom to drip a shower of highly caustic digestive enzymes onto the sleeping victim. It then inserts a needlelike tendril from its red bloom deep into the victim’s body and drains its fluids and dissolving organs.

A tri-flower frond stands 5 to 8 feet tall. A combination of orange, red, and yellow flowers is most common, but varieties with other color combinations exist, including white, gray, and pearly silver-gray, and golden brown, deep brown and russet.

Tri-flower fronds are popular in the gardens of wizards and alchemists, because their narcotic poison and digestive juices are useful in many concoctions. They are also ed defensively around the homes of many magic-users, wealthy merchants, and potentates in areas where they’ll flourish, because they never sleep and thieves or assassins trying to creep silently past them make perfect targets for their tranquilizing tendrils.