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Memory Moss

Memory moss appears as a 5-foot-square patch of black moss. It grows in temperate or warm climates and is sometimes encountered in subterranean realms. Memory moss cannot abide the cold or the arid clime of the desert and is never encountered in such environments. When a living creature moves within 60 feet of a patch of memory moss, it attacks by attempting to steal that creature’s memories. It can target a single creature each round. A targeted creature must succeed on a DC 15 Wisdom saving throw or lose all memories from the last 24 hours.

This is particularly nasty to spellcasters, who lose all spells prepared within the last 24 hours.

Once a memory moss steals a creature’s memories, it sinks back down and does not attack again for one day. Any creature who loses its memories to the memory moss acts as if affected by a confusion spell for the next 1d4 hours. Lost memories can be regained by eating the memory moss that absorbed them. Doing so requires a successful DC 16 Constitution saving throw, with failure resulting in the creature being nauseated for 1d6 rounds and suffering 5 (2d4) poison damage.

Any creature that eats the memory moss temporarily gains the memories currently stored therein (even if they are not the creature’s own memories).

Such creatures can even cast spells if the memory moss has stolen these from a previous spellcasting creature. Characters eating the memory moss to regain their own lost memories do not lose them after 24 hours. Ten points of fire or cold damage kills a single patch of memory moss. When first encountered, there is a 25% chance that the memory moss has eaten within the last day and does not attack by stealing memories.

In such a case, the moss contains 2d4 spells determined randomly from a single spell list. When a living creature moves within 60 feet of a sated memory moss, it assumes a vaguely humanoid form and casts the stolen spells at its targets.

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