Plant creatures often suffer the axes and fire of humanoid creatures, even more so when such creatures can attack from a distance, or worse from flight by spell or breath weapon. But fortunately, both evolution and the intelligent design of the gods who favor the kingdom of plants allow them to become more than what they were, and ensure their survival in the extraordinary worlds of fantasy. Some of them become a whirling storm of death; they become bladeleaves. The leaves of these plants are incredibly long and thin, though often its limbs are bare as leaves lay upon the ground. They are far more impulsive than any other plant and often act rather hastily.
Creating a Bladeleaf Creature
“Bladeleaf” is an acquired template that can be added to any plant creature with leaves.
A bladeleaf uses all the base creature’s statistics and special abilities except as noted here.
Armor Class: Natural armor improves by +10.
Defensive Abilities: fast healing 5 (if the bladeleaf’s CR is 6 or higher increase to 10, if 12 or higher increase to 20, see living form); DR 5/slashing, magic, and cold iron (if the bladeleaf’s CR is 6 or higher increase to DR 10/ slashing, magic, and cold iron, if 12 or higher increase to 15/ slashing, magic, and cold iron); Immune cold, electricity, fire.
Special Abilities: A bladeleaf creature retains all the special abilities of the base creature, plus the special abilities as described below.
Animate Leaves (Su)
A bladeleaf can shed its leaves as a standard action. When shed, the leaves often change to autumn colors and become hard and sharp as steel, animated into a swarm by the will of the bladeleaf. The animated leaves are treated as a swarm (see below). If the swarm is destroyed, the bladeleaf can completely re-grow all its lost leaves in 1 minute. The bladeleaf may reattach these shed leaves as a standard action, in which case they return to their normal color and texture. The bladeleaf controls the swarm as a free action and can maneuver it out to a distance of 300 ft. Animated leaves create the following statblock:
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