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Leshy, Leaf

Family: Leshy

Small plant, neutral

Armor Class 12 (armor)
Hit Points 5 (1d6+2)
Speed 20 ft., climb 10 ft., fly 20 ft. (glide)

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
6 (-2) 13 (+1) 14 (+2) 5 (-3) 12 (+1) 13 (+1)

Damage Resistances lightning, thunder
Skills Perception +3, Stealth +5
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 13
Languages Druidic, Sylvan
Challenge 0 (10 XP)

SPECIAL TRAITS

  • Glide. When flying, a leaf leshy must end its movement at least 5 feet lower in elevation than it started.
  • Pass Without Trace. In areas of natural vegetation, a leshy can’t be tracked except by magical means. The leshy leaves behind no tracks or other traces of its passage.
  • Tree Speech. Leaf leshies can communicate with trees, asking them about events within the past day, gaining information about creatures that have passed, weather, and other circumstances, within a radius of 30 feet.
  • Verdant Burst. When slain, a leshy explodes in a burst of fertile energies. All plant creatures within 30 feet of the slain leshy regain 6 (1d8+2) hit points, and new tree and shrub growth quickly infests the area. If the terrain can support the growth of trees, the undergrowth is dense enough to make the region into difficult terrain for 24 hours, after which the plant life diminishes to a normal level; otherwise, the plant life has no significant effect on movement and withers and dies within an hour.

ACTIONS

  • Seedpod Burst. Ranged Weapon Attack: +3 to hit, range 10 ft/30 ft., one target. Hit: 1 bludgeoning damage, and the target must make a DC 11 Constitution saving throw. On a failed save, the target is deafened until the beginning of the leshy’s next turn.
  • Spear. Melee Weapon Attack: +0 to hit, reach 5 ft. or range 20/60 ft., one target. Hit: 1 (1d6 – 2) piercing damage, or 2 (1d8 – 2) piercing damage if wielded in two hands to make a melee attack.

ABOUT

Leaf leshys tend to the well-being of trees, whether natural stands or cultivated orchards.

In appearance, they have soft, pulpy-looking bodies and wear clothing made of dozens of leaves. Larger leaves cover their shoulders, often giving them the appearance of wearing cloaks, and most adorn their relatively featureless heads with helmets made from pinecones, nuts, or fruit rinds. This leafy layer of clothing functions as masterwork padded armor for a leaf leshy, but not for any other creature.

Leaf leshys love to play at war. When not laboring on their trees, they wheedle any companions to engage in mock duels with their twig spears, resorting to private weapon drills when they must. In actual battle, they are much more cautious, sticking to cover and harrying their foes with hit-and-run tactics, as they have a strongly developed sense of self-preservation.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

The Dragon’s Hoard #17 © 2022, Legendary Games; Authors Jason Nelson, Miguel Colon, Alex Riggs, Mike Myler, Robert J. Grady, Michael “solomani” Mifsud, Darrin Drader, Matt Kimmel, Scott D. Young.

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