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SCYTHE TREE

Huge plant, chaotic evil

DEFENSE

Armor Class 15 (natural armor)
Hit Points 115 (10d12 + 50)
Speed 30 ft.

ABILITY SCORES

STR 21 (+5)DEX 9 (-1)CON 20 (+5)INT 10 (+0)WIS 12 (+1)CHA 10 (+0)

STATISTICS

Skills Perception +7
Damage Vulnerabilities fire
Damage Resistances bludgeoning, piercing
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 17
Languages Common, Sylvan
Challenge 8 (3,900 XP)

TRAITS

False Appearance. While the scythe tree remains motionless, it is indistinguishable from a normal tree.

ACTIONS

Multiattack. The scythe tree makes two scythe attacks.

Scythe. Melee Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 23 (4d8 + 5) slashing damage. If the scythe tree scores a critical hit, it rolls damage dice three times, instead of twice.



Scythe trees are malevolent plant creatures found in heavily forested areas where they naturally blend in with normal trees. They are carnivorous by nature and draw very little sustenance from sun, air, or water, preferring a diet of dryad or elf flesh.

A scythe tree, on average, is 20 feet tall, but may reach or exceed heights of 30 feet. It weighs about 3,500 pounds and has a trunk diameter of 3 feet. Its bark is dark brown, shading darker as it nears the roots. What few leaves a scythe tree has are reddish-brown (and do not change color or fall off as the seasons change). The branches of a scythe tree resemble wicked-curving scythes (this is where the tree gets its name). The scar that appears on the trunk is the tree's mouth.

Scythe trees hate treants and dryads and attack both on sight (though usually only attacking a treant when the number of scythe trees outnumber the treant). A scythe tree stands motionless, appearing to be a tree of normal sort, until prey comes within range. It then slashes with its scythe-like limbs attempting to cut its foe to pieces.

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