A giant oak tree with few leaves and branches stands nearby.
AC 20, touch 7, flat-footed 20 (–1 Dex, +13 natural, –2 size)
Str 27, Dex 8, Con 20, Int 6, Wis 12, Cha 10
Because it seizes its victims by the neck, a creature in the hangman tree’s grasp cannot speak or cast spells with verbal components.
As a standard action, a hangman tree can release a cloud of spores in a 50-foot radius spread. Creatures in the area must succeed on a DC 19 Will save or be affected as if by a charm monster spell for 2d6 minutes. Affected creatures believe the tree to be of some ordinary sort (or to be a treant or other such friendly tree creature). An affected creature becomes passive and refuses to attack the hangman tree during this time. This is a mind-affecting compulsion effect. The save DC is Constitution-based.
An affected creature can attempt a new Will save (DC 19, +1 per previous save) each round. A creature that makes its save cannot be affected by the hallucinatory spores of that hangman’s tree for 24 hours.
Cold-based effects paralyze a hangman tree as if by a hold person spell.
The vines of a hangman tree have 10 hit points and can be attacked by making a successful sunder attempt. Attacking a hangman tree’s vine does not provoke an attack of opportunity. If the vine is currently grappling a target, the hangman tree takes a –4 penalty on its opposed attack roll to resist the sunder attempt. Severing a vine deals no damage to a hangman tree.
Environment temperate and warm forests
Organization solitary or pair
Treasure half standard
Close inspection reveals a scar-like marking on the lower part of the trunk of this tree; this is where undigested creatures or gear is expelled after digestion. Hidden among the hangman tree’s branches and leaves are its rope-like appendages that it uses to trap its prey.
The hangman tree attacks by dropping its noose-like appendages around prey and yanking victims upwards. Trapped prey is held until it dies or is dropped into the hangman’s trunk where it is digested.
Hangman Tree from the Tome of Horrors Complete, Copyright 2011, Necromancer Games, Inc., published and distributed by Frog God Games; Author Scott Greene, based on original material by Gary Gygax.