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Symbiont, Psychic Ward

This spidery plant has long, branch-like legs and is covered in an armored carapace that resembles dead coral.

Psychic Ward CR 2

XP 600
N Tiny plant (plant symbiont)
Init +1; Senses low-light vision; Perception +4

DEFENSE

AC 14, touch 13, flat-footed 13 (+1 Dex, +1 natural, +2 size)
hp 19 (3d8+8)
Fort +5, Ref +2, Will +5
DR 3/slashing; Immune plant traits

OFFENSE

Speed 20 ft.
Melee bite +6 (1d3+3 plus psychic parasite)
Space 2-1/2 ft.; Reach 0 ft. (5 ft. with bite)
Special Attacks psychic parasite (DC 13, 1 Int damage), mental blast

STATISTICS

Str 14, Dex 13, Con 14, Int —, Wis 18, Cha 5
Base Atk +2; CMB +1; CMD 13
SQ bond, host abilities, mind link, symbiont healing

ECOLOGY

Environment any
Organization solitary
Treasure none

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Psychic Parasite (Ex)

When a psychic ward symbiont hits a creature with its bite attack, the creature must succeed at a DC 13 Fortitude save or take 1 point of Intelligence damage in addition to the normal damage. A successful save negates the Intelligence damage. A creature cannot be reduced to 0 Intelligence with this attack. The save DC is Constitution-based.

Mental Blast (Ex)

Each time a psychic ward symbiont damages a creature’s Intelligence with its psychic parasite ability, it can store the point of Intelligence as mental energy. It can only store 4 points of mental energy at a time (subsequent points are lost). As a full-round action that does not provoke an attack of opportunity, the symbiont may expend up to 4 stored points of mental energy to deal 1d6 points of damage per point of mental energy expended to all creatures within a 10-ft. radius. A successful DC 13 Will save halves the damage. This is a mind-affecting effect.

HOST ABILITIES

Psychic Fortification (Ex)

A psychic ward symbiont grants a +4 resistance bonus on Will saves against illusion spells and mind-affecting effects. Additionally, the host gains spell resistance 15 against all psychic magic spells.

Construction

Slot head; Price 10,000 gp

CONSTRUCTION REQUIREMENTS

Feats Create Plant Symbiont; Cost 5,000 gp

A psychic ward symbiont attaches roots to its host’s forehead when bonded. Thousands of small, hair-like vines burrow harmlessly into the host’s skull, secreting a specialized fluid to assist and strengthen brain functions.

Detached from a host, the psychic ward symbiont stands about 1 1/2 feet tall and moves about on spidery, branch-like legs. The symbiont attacks by extending its petiole and clamping on prey with hinged, jaw-like leaves.

Specialized filaments in the leaves allow a psychic ward symbiont to drain the mental energy from its prey, which it can then release in a damaging burst.

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