This miniature plant person has a body composed of lichens and a rain cape woven from leafy growths.
Lichen Leshy CR 3
Str 11, Dex 12, Con 15, Int 10, Wis 15, Cha 10
Base Atk +3; CMB +2; CMD 13
Feats Endurance, Skill Focus (Knowledge [geography]), Toughness
Skills Climb +8, Knowledge (geography) +5, Perception +10, Stealth +10 (+14 in hills and mountains), Survival +3 (+7 in hills and mountains); Racial Modifiers +4 Stealth and Survival in hills and mountains
Languages Druidic, Sylvan; plantspeech (lichens)
SQ change shape (Small lichen; tree shape), expert climber, verdant burst, weathering
The lichen leshy’s attacks envelop the target in a lattice of delicate digestive growths. As a standard action, a creature can tear away any such growths. If a creature ends its turn without having removed the growths, the tendrils fall away as they release acid that deals 2d4 points of acid damage, and the victim must succeed at a DC 14 Fortitude save or become staggered for 1 round. The save DC is Constitution-based.
Expert Climber (Ex)
A lichen leshy can spit a tangle of filaments as a standard action. If it hits, this attack deals 1 point of damage (this damage is not modified by Strength) and affects the target with the lichen leshy’s degradation ability. The filaments have a range increment of 20 feet and a maximum range of 100 feet.
A lichen leshy can release a slow-acting acid that dissolves stone and organic material. By remaining in contact with a 5-foot-square area for 8 hours, the leshy can deal 3d6 points of acid damage to the surface, ignoring hardness less than 10.
Environment any hills or mountains
Organization solitary or patch (2–16)
Like the curious plantlike organisms from which they’re composed, lichen leshys are rugged creatures able to survive in unforgiving climates. Unlike most leshys, lichen leshys are rarely content to stay in one place for long, instead using their survival skills to reach the grandest vistas, harshest environs, and most daring heights. There, they rest in quiet contemplation and awe, slowly breaking down inhospitable rocks into nutrient-rich soil that can sustain new plant life.
Lichen leshys almost always wear cozy rain cloaks that they use to blur their outlines and better camouflage their forms. They often secret away tiny mementos within their garb to remind them of their greatest achievements, and one can earn a lichen leshy’s ready assistance if willing to listen to its rambling tales of how it found each trophy.
This mossy clothing functions as masterwork padded armor for a lichen leshy, but not for any other creature.
Growing a Lichen Leshy
A lichen leshy can grow nearly anywhere that’s exposed to clean air, though most creators prefer large, rocky escarpments. The creator prepares an unguent of spores, aromatic salts, and pure rainwater, which she uses to paint an image of the leshy-to-be on the growing surface. Once the leshy has matured, it peels itself off the prepared surface. Left to its own devices, it can construct its rain cloak and other gear from available materials within a day.
Pathfinder Adventure Path #116: Fangs of War © 2017, Paizo Inc.; Authors: Ron Lundeen, with John Compton, Adam Daigle, Crystal Frasier, Michelle Jones, and Mark Moreland.