Mushroom caps and mold sprout from the pallid skin of this lithe female figure, and spores waft from her fungal gills.
|Fungal Nymph||CR 8|
The fungal creature presented here is built using a nymph as the base creature.
AC 23, touch 21, flat-footed 19 (+7 deflection, +4 Dex, +2 natural)
hp 84 (8d8+48)
Fort +15, Ref +17, Will +16
Defensive Abilities poisonous blood (DC 20); DR 10/cold iron; Immune disease, plant traits
Druid Spells Prepared (CL 7th; concentration +10)
4th—command plants (DC 17)
3rd—call lightning (DC 16), speak with plants, spike growth (DC 16)
2nd—chill metal (DC 15), flame blade, resist energy, summon swarm
1st—entangle (DC 14), faerie fire, obscuring mist, pass without trace, produce flame
0—detect magic, guidance, resistance, virtue
Str 14, Dex 19, Con 22, Int 16, Wis 17, Cha 25
Base Atk +4; CMB +8; CMD 27
Feats Agile Maneuvers, Combat Casting, Self-Sufficient, Weapon Finesse
Skills Craft (alchemy) +14, Diplomacy +18, Escape Artist +15, Heal +13, Knowledge (dungeoneering) +11, Knowledge (nature) +14, Perception +14, Sense Motive +14, Stealth +15, Survival +5, Swim +10
Languages Common, Sylvan, Undercommon
SQ fungal metabolism, inspiration, rejuvenation, unearthly grace, wild empathy +21
Environment any ruins or underground
A fungal creature is an animate plant with the appearance of a living creature. It grows from spores implanted in the dead body of a host creature, and takes on the host creature’s basic form and many of that creature’s abilities. It retains none of the memories of the creature it grew from, yet it instinctively knows how to use the abilities it inherited from its host. How exactly this is possible is a question that continues to befuddle scholars. The leading theory is that the spores’ precise modeling of their host succeeds in capturing some of the creature’s physiology—essentially copying its mind—but that for some reason the departure of the creature’s spirit or soul upon death prevents the spores from copying the memories as well.
Fungal creatures are often content to sit in quiet contemplation, absorbing the nutrients they require from the life-giving earth. But when faced with living creatures, the overwhelming biological need to reproduce takes over, and the fungal creatures try to seed their spores into new hosts to spawn the next generation of fungal creatures.
Fungal creatures have the general appearance of the base creatures from which they spawned, but their skin is pale fungus rather than flesh and blood. Mushroom caps and shelf fungi sprout from a fungal creature’s body, along with fungal gills to deliver the fungal creature’s spores. As with many types of fungi, a fungal creature’s flesh is poisonous, and any creature that ingests any part of a fungal creature’s body risks infection by its spores (as described in the create spawn ability and fungal spores poison).
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary 4 © 2013, Paizo Publishing, LLC; Authors: Dennis Baker, Jesse Benner, Savannah Broadway, Ross Byers, Adam Daigle, Tim Hitchcock, Tracy Hurley, James Jacobs, Matt James, Rob McCreary, Jason Nelson, Tom Phillips, Stephen Radney-MacFarland, Sean K Reynolds, F. Wesley Schneider, Tork Shaw, and Russ Taylor.