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Caretaker Spirit

Caretaker Spirit CR 6

XP 2,400
N Small undead incorporeal
Init +8; Senses darkvision 60 ft., greensight; Perception +13

Defense

AC 20, touch 15, flat-footed 16 (+5 deflection, +4 Dex, +1 size)
hp 72 (8d8+40)
Fort +7, Ref +6, Will +10
Defensive Abilities incorporeal; Immune undead traits

Offense

Speed fly 30 ft. (perfect)
Melee nature’s touch +11 (2d6 untyped plus bloom)
Special Attacks bloom (DC 19)

Magic

Caster Level 6; MSB +6, MSD 17, Concentration +11
Tradition Natural (none); CAM Cha
Spell Points 11
Nature Sphere – Packages plant; Talents (geomancing) Create Nature, Plant Mastery; (spirit) Speak With The Elements, Speak With Wildlife (x2)

  • geomancing, close (40 ft.), DC 19, concentration or 6 rounds w/1 sp
    • (plant) package; Plant Mastery (increase potency of (plant) package effects)
      • Entangle (entangling plants in 20-foot radius, Reflex save or entangled)
      • Harvest (cause 6 plants within range to sprout food for up to 3 creatures each plus 12 magical berries which heal for 1 hit point, instantaneous, 1 sp)
      • Pummel (animate one Large tree branches to attack enemies, +1 sp animate 2 additional branches)
    • Create Nature (geomancing); create elements, may be combined with other geomancing effect as part of same action
      • Grow Plants (create one Large-sized tree or a 10-foot radius field of plants, 1 sp)
    • (spirit) manipulate elements in additional ways based on packages
    • Speak With The Elements (spirit); 1 sp, speak with elements for 6 minutes
    • Speak With Wildlife (spirit); 1 sp, speak with animals or vermin for 6 minutes

Statistics

Str –, Dex 18, Con –, Int 12, Wis 14, Cha 20
Base Atk +6; CMB +10; CMD +24
Feats: Improved Initiative, Iron Will, Skill Focus (Survival), Sphere Focus (Nature)
Skills Fly +25, Handle Animal +13, Knowledge (nature) +13, Perception +13, Survival +17; Racial Modifiers +4 Knowledge (nature), +4 Survival
Languages Sylvan

Special Abilities

Bloom (Su)

When a creature is struck by the caretaker spirit’s nature’s touch, it must succeed at a Fortitude saving throw or be covered in seedling plant life, sprouting small vines and flowers. While covered in plant life, the creature takes a -2 penalty on attack rolls and damage rolls against the caretaker spirit and suffers a -2 penalty to its AC and saving throws against the caretaker spirit’s attacks and sphere effects. A creature may spend a full-round action to brush off the plant life. The save DC is Charisma-based.

Spherecasting

A caretaker spirit is a High Caster and gains a casting tradition and one magic talent for every 2 Hit Dice it possesses.

Caretaker spirits use the natural casting tradition.

About

Environment any
Organization solitary
Treasure standard

From deep within a necromancer’s ruined laboratory, to the supernaturally born and purposed, the undead are as many as they are varied. This section reintroduces a new spin on an old classic, the reaper and its variants the dullahan and horseman’s rider, to new and unknown, the gentle caretaker spirit, capricious collecting carrier maw, soldier of misfortune deadwake, and wretched abomination that is the soulgorger.

This small, transparent apparition seems to be composed of flowering plant life, its gentle gaze passing over you as it tends to the forest, like its a precious garden.

Gentle, protective, and territorial, these undead are often bound to some major natural area or will claim such an area as their home.

These spirits will take up roles as benevolent caretakers of the wilds, nurturing plant life and conversing with the fauna. While not hostile, caretaker spirits have been known to take aggressive actions when they are made aware of others attempting to defile or otherwise destroy the natural preserves it cares for.

It is rumored caretaker spirits first form near the dead trunks of ancient trees before seeking out new growth to care for.

Some caretaker spirits grow in power over time, cultivating new techniques or increasing their control over nature magic and may rise as powerful spiritual druids.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Spheres Bestiary: Undead and the Immortal Forlorn © 2020, Drop Dead Studios; Author: Steven Alpert.