Cork leshy Swarm

Family: Leshy

Medium plant (leshy) Swarm; neutral

Armor Class 13 (natural armor)
HP 39 (6d8 + 12)
Speed 30 ft.

11 (+0) 12 (+1) 14 (+2) 7 (-2) 13 (+1) 10 (+0)

Saving Throws Con +6, Wis +3
Skills Acrobatics +8, Perception +5, Stealth +8 (+9 in forests)
Damage Resistances bludgeoning, fire
Senses passive Perception 11
Languages Common, Druidic, Sylvan
Challenge 1/4 (50 XP)


  • Plant Speech. trees
  • Plant Form. Small cork oak sapling
  • Verdant Burst. When the Cork leshy dies, a burst of primal energy explodes from their body, restoring 2 (1d4) hit points to each plant creature in a 30-foot radius. This area immediately fills with cork tree saplings, becoming difficult terrain. If the terrain is not viable for cork trees, they wither after 24 hours.
  • Natural Buoyancy. The Cork leshy can walk across the surface of water as if it had innately cast the water walk spell.
  • Swarm of Corks. The Cork leshy can occupy the space of other Medium or Larger creatures as if they were unoccupied.


  • Bark Barrage. The Cork leshy unleashes a flurry of bark. Each creature in the Cork leshy’s space must make a DC 13 Dexterity saving throw, suffering 5 (2d4) bludgeoning damage on a failed save, or half as much on a successful one.


The thick bark of the cork oak provides a natural protection against fires.

Cork oaks recover quickly after forest fires. While most trees burn down entirely, leaving seeds to regrow post-fire, cork oaks will only lose some branches, while the trunk remains intact. This allows them to regrow and begin reproducing again before their competitors have fully matured.

Living deep beneath the wave keeps Coral Leshies a mystery to many surface dwellers. They have a complex culture, engraving symbols in their exoskeleton and adorning themselves with colorful kelp and algae. For every sailor that tells of being rescued by a Coral leshy, ten more write of their aggression and hostility. Fiercely protective of their reef homes, these leshies rarely come to shore, primarily to commune in deep tide pools.

Cork is a light, heat resistant, water repellent, and sound insulating material harvested from the bark of the cork oak. These trees can live up to four hundred years, and are harvested once a decade by hand. The cork is used to create a plethora of things, including shoes and insulation, but most notably are used as stoppers for wine bottles. While synthetic options have become popular for some applications, cork continues to be an important product in many industries. Recently, cork has begun regaining attention as a natural, renewable resource.

While larger leshies may be crafted from entire barks of the cork oak, the discarded corks of wine bottles also make for excellent source material.

These leshies typically form small swarms, as there is rarely a single empty bottle at a time. Individual members of the swarm can vary in size, strength, and age, coming from unique cork oak harvests.

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