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Zombie, Bramble

Family: Zombies

Medium undead, neutral

Armor Class 17 (natural armor)
Hit Points 207 (18d8 + 126)
Speed 15 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
22 (+6) 6 (–2) 24 (+7) 5 (–3) 10 (+0) 2 (–4)

Saving Throws Str +10, Con +11
Damage Vulnerabilities bludgeoning
Damage Immunities poison, psychic
Condition Immunities charmed, frightened, poisoned, stunned, unconscious
Senses tremorsense 120 ft., passive Perception 10
Languages
Challenge 12 (8,400 XP)

SPECIAL TRAITS

  • Loyal to the Bramble. A bramble zombie is incapable of actions contrary to the well-being of the bramble that created it. It will die before causing harm or allowing harm to befall its bramble.
  • Temporary. Bramble zombies decay much more quickly than ordinary corpses. After a year of service, they crumble to a soil-like dust. If at all possible, bramble zombies make sure to crumble near the roots of their bramble, to nourish it with their remains. Bramble zombies also die if their bramble dies.

ACTIONS

  • Multiattack. The bramble zombie makes one Bite attack and two Claw attacks.
  • Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +10 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 10 (1d8 + 6) piercing damage + 3d6 poison damage.
  • Claw. Melee Weapon Attack: +10 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 8 (1d4 + 6) slashing damage plus 5 (2d4) poison damage.

ABOUT

A bramble zombie is what happens when a medium creature addicted to bramble berries dies. Bramble zombies retain no personality, memory, or abilities from their previous existence. They mindlessly defend the bramble (see monster entry) that created them and have no other purposes or goals. Other than the possible red thorn-claws, bramble zombies look like dead bodies, usually 10–15 times as decomposed as they should be compared to when they died. Bramble zombies never smell bad, however, and their decomposition process is dry and dusty, as if they’re turning directly into soil while skipping the stages in between. Since they spend so much time sitting still near the quick-growing bramble, older bramble zombies often have bramble vines growing all over or through themselves.

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