Corpse Tree

These stunted, gnarled trees look like worn down, time ravaged tree trunks ranging in height from 4 to 8 feet tall, with a corpse-like shape, arms stretched forth, budding from the trunk. Every corpse tree has a tree ghost (see below) that is part of it. Corpse trees are created when a vampire or wraith kills a dryad; the dryad’s tree becomes the corpse tree and the dryad herself becomes a tree ghost. At the base of the tree is an opening leading to a strange chamber beneath, where the corpse tree’s victims are slowly digested. The “rising corpse” part of the tree animates to keep anyone but the tree ghost and her victims from entering the tree’s chamber. A corpse tree can only harmed by magic and silver weapons. Magic fire will affect the tree but ice, electricity, and acid will have no effect, nor will normal fire. The tree ghost instantly knows of any harm coming to the corpse tree, and she can teleport to the tree to defend it against harm. If either the corpse tree or the tree ghost dies, the other will die as well. (Contributed by Sean “Stonegiant” Stone).

Tree Corpse HD5+2; AC 4[15]; Atk 2 fists (1d8); Move 0; Save 12; CL 7; XP 600; Special: if both fists hit the victim is “bear” hugged for an additional 2d6 damage.

License: Monster Compendium 0e OGL