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Begedhi, Parasite

Thorny vines wriggle from this green, egg-shaped plant. Tumescent boils cover its surface and occasionally burst creating a nauseating scent.

Begedhi Parasite CR 2

XP 600
NE Small plant
Init +7; Senses low-light vision; Perception +8

DEFENSE

AC 16, touch 14, flat-footed 13 (+3 Dex, +2 natural, +1 size)
hp 19 (3d8+6)
Fort +5, Ref +4, Will +1
Immune acid, plant traits

OFFENSE

Speed 10 ft.
Melee 2 vines +2 (1d6 plus grab)
Special Attacks control host, create seedlings, infest

STATISTICS

Str 10, Dex 16, Con 15, Int 7, Wis 10, Cha 15
Base Atk +2; CMB +1 (+5 grapple); CMD 14 (can’t be tripped)
Feats Improved Initiative, Skill Focus (Perception)
Skills Bluff +11, Perception +8; Racial Modifiers +8 Bluff

ECOLOGY

Environment temperate
Organization solitary, planting (2-5), infestation (6-20)
Treasure none

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Control Host (Ex)

A begedhi parasite which has fully taken over a host gains access to the host’s abilities and memories. Its recollection is not perfect, however, so it must succeed at Bluff checks to fool those familiar with the host. Anyone intimately familiar with the host gain a +4 circumstance bonus on their opposed Sense Motive check. While a parasite controls a host, the CR for the composite creature increases to the host creature’s CR+2.

Create Seedlings (Ex)

If a begedhi parasite survives its host’s death, it can harvest flesh from the host as a full-round action to produce 1d4 new begedhi seedlings. This process destroys the parasite, and the seedlings require a full week to mature.

Infest (Ex)

A begedhi parasite can enter the body of a helpless creature (or a mother plant can implant one, see below). Once inside, a parasite requires one week to gain full control of the host. During this time, remove disease (DC 16, which includes a +2 racial modifier) will kill the parasite. After integrating with the host, a parasite gains regeneration 2. At this point, it must be brought to fewer than 0 hp, and then remove disease can be used to destroy it.

Vines (Ex)

When a begedhi parasite attacks with its spiky vines while inside a host, it deals half damage to the host, regardless of whether it strikes its intended target.

Pod Parasites

Pod parasites are born from a deadly and insidious infestation of alien plant matter that suborns their natural consciousness and free will and enslaves them to the inscrutable hunger for propagation of their vegetal host. There are a number of plant monsters capable of enslaving creatures in this way, but the sample creatures described below are the product of the parasitic stage of growth of the begedhi plant, described in the Alien Bestiary Companion. This plant has an immature seedling stage with a limited ability to charm and control living creatures, as well as a massive mother-plant form with tremendous power to dominate entire cities. The agents by which it enslaves its targets is its mature parasite form, which it implants in living creatures to help spread its seedlings across the countryside and to root out and eliminate any opposition to its infestation. The statistics for the begedhi parasite are reprinted here for ease of reference.

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