Vampire Rose

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Vampire Rose

This bush has many flowering white bulbs and petals, green stems lined with tiny thorns, and small, viny branches of greenish-brown.


Vampire Rose

XP 50 ()

Unaligned Small

Initiative –1


DEFENSE

AC 9

hp: 27 (5d6 + 10)

Resistance: Bludgeoning damage from nonmagical weapons

Immunity: Piercing and psychic damage; charm, fright, prone, stun, unconsciousness

Vulnerability: Slashing damage


OFFENSE

Speed: 5 ft.

Multiattack: A vampire rose makes one thorn attack, and it drains blood from every creature it has grappled.

Melee Attack— Thorns: +3 to hit (reach 5 ft.; one creature). Hit: 1d4 + 1 piercing damage and the target is grappled. The vampire rose can have any number of creatures grappled and still make one thorn attack per turn. The DC to escape this grapple is 11.

Melee Attack—Blood Drain: automatic hit (all creatures grappled by the vampire rose at the start of the vampire rose’s turn). Hit: 1d6 + 1 piercing damage.


STATISTICS

Str 12 (+1), Dex 8 (–1), Con 14 (+2),

Int 1 (–5), Wis 13 (+1), Cha 10 (+0)

Languages: None

Senses: Tremorsense 60 ft.

Skills: Athletics +5


TRAITS

Camouflage: A vampire rose is indistinguishable from a normal rose bush until it moves or attacks.


ECOLOGY

Environment: Temperate land

Organization: Solitary, patch (2–5), or tangle (3–18)

Vampire roses look like normal white rose bushes and are often mistaken for such. The typical vampire rose bush stands about 3 feet tall. The remains motionless until its prey moves within range, when it “strikes” with a thorny stalk. This attack is almost imperceptible and easily mistaken for simply becoming snagged by the thorny vines of a normal rose bush. It’s only on the vampire rose’s next turn, when the vine tightens its grip and thorns really dig into the victim’s flesh and begin siphoning out blood, that the true nature of the becomes apparent.

When fully sated with blood, a vampire rose’s petals flush red.

Vampire roses spreading out of control have been known to render entire valleys and stretches of impassable. Because they can uproot themselves and move to find fresh sources of food, it’s possible for fully grown vampire roses to appear literally overnight in areas that were clear the day before, closing roads or even encircling a farm or a hamlet and cutting it off from its neighbors.