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Jesulan

A layer of thick, black bark covers the form of this lanky, humanoid figure. Two long, tail-like appendages flick behind it, adorned with sharp, thick thorns.

Jesulan CR 8

XP 4,200
CN Large plant
Init +3; Senses low-light vision; Perception +13

DEFENSE

AC 21, touch 8, flat-footed 22 (–1 Dex, +13 natural, –1 size)
hp 90 (12d8+36)
Fort +13, Ref +6, Will +7
DR 5/adamantine; Immune plant traits

OFFENSE

Speed 40 ft.
Melee 2 slams +14 (1d8+6 plus bleed), 2 tail slaps +12 (2d6+4 plus bleed)
Ranged bramble grenade +8 (see text)
Special Attacks bramble grenade, create spawn, spores, thorns

STATISTICS

Str 22, Dex 8, Con 17, Int 8, Wis 13, Cha 11
Base Atk +9; CMB +16; CMD 25
Feats Cleave, Improved Initiative, Iron Will, Lightning Reflexes, Multiattack, Power Attack
Skills Perception +13
Languages Jesulan

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Bramble Grenade (Ex)

As a standard action every 1d4 rounds a jesulan can throw a mass similar to an alchemist’s bomb with a range of 30 feet. When the bramble grenade explodes it deals 4d6 piercing and slashing damage to every creature in a 15-ft. radius and entangles them for 2d4 rounds. A successful DC 19 Reflex save halves the damage and negates the entangle effect. The save DC is Constitution-based.

Create Spawn (Su)

A creature slain by the Constitution damage of spore rot has its body destroyed. A fully mature jesulan rises from the point of the creature’s death 1d4 rounds later.

Spores (Su)

As a free action, once per hour, a jesulan can release a cloud of nearly invisible spores which latch on to nearby creatures and begin to reform their bodies. All creatures in a 20-ft. radius must succeed at a DC 19 Fortitude save or suffer spore rot (see below).

Spore Rot: curse and disease-Dispersal; save Fortitude DC 19; onset immediate; frequency 1/day; effect 1d6 Con; cure — Spore rot is both a curse and a disease and can only be cured if the curse is first removed, at which point the disease can be magically removed. Creatures of the fey type are immune to spore rot. The save DC is Constitution-based.

Thorns (Ex)

A jesulan’s natural attacks deal bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing damage, and cause 1 point of bleed damage. The bleed effect stacks with itself.

ECOLOGY

Environment temperate forests
Organization solitary, squad (3-5), or copse (8-10)
Treasure standard

Recently reclaimed creations of the Fey World’s fey, jesulans are tree-like creatures of towering height.

In need of an army that could rapidly grow in numbers to supplement the small number of militant fey, the faerie people conducted magical experiments that resulted in the jesulans. Requiring a controlled environment with which to perfect their infantry race, the fey placed their subjects in a small, unnamed plane.

Capricious as always, the fey ceased their tinkering after a few centuries and the primal monstrosities were forgotten.

The jesulans are not just the only sentient species, but also the only vegetation in the dusty wasteland plane of Jesula. Its first planar explorers to enter the plane quickly learned why, from a brutal attack that killed dozens and left the returning survivors infected. Within a matter of days, the plant-like creatures rose and began to attack nearby settlements. This garnered the attention of their fey creators.

Realizing that the jesulans had slipped their prison, the fey quickly retrieved them. Immune to the cursed spores, the fey safely act as caretakers of the strange race and carefully control their population. The arboreal hulks now serve as easily tamed muscle for the fey lords.

Commonly a single jesulan is “gifted” to a mortal as part of a bargain. The creature serves its new master until it releases its spores, killing the mortal and being reclaimed by the fey.

The average jesulan stands about 8 feet high and weighs 2,000 pounds. Rough black bark covers their entire body. Fissures inside the grain of the bark hide the sharp thorns that can be extended like quills at any time. These thorns often catch in the flesh of the victim and tear free, only to have replacements grow back in moments.

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