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Bog Creeper

Medium plant, unaligned

Armor Class 12 (natural armor)
Hit Points 104 (11d8 + 55)
Speed 10 ft., swim 20 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
18 (+4) 10 (+0) 20 (+5) 3 (–4) 14 (+2) 6 (–2)

Skills Perception +5
Senses tremorsense 60 ft., passive Perception 15
Languages
Challenge 9 (5,000 XP)

Special Traits

  • False Appearance. While the bog creeper remains motionless, it is indistinguishable from normal plants.
  • Marsh Move. A bog creeper doesn’t treat marshy, swampy terrain as difficult terrain.

Actions

  • Multiattack. The bog creeper makes up to four attacks: one with its bite, one slam, and two with its tendrils.
  • Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 13 (2d8 + 4) piercing damage.
  • Slam. Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 15 (2d10 + 4) bludgeoning damage.
  • Tendrils. Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 11 (2d6 + 4) bludgeoning damage. The target is grappled (escape DC 14) if the bog creeper isn’t already grappling a creature, and the target is restrained until the grapple ends. The bog creeper can only grapple one target.
  • Acid Spray (3/day). The bog creeper sprays stomach acid in a 30-foot cone. Each creature in that area must make a DC 15 Dexterity saving throw, taking 14 (3d8) acid damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one.

About

This creature looks like a human-sized rotting tree trunk with several thorny tendrils sprouting from its body. A single limb protrudes from its central form as well.

The bog creeper is native to the thickest, darkest swamps. It superficially resembles a human-sized rotted tree trunk sprouting several thorny tendrils each about 10 feet long and a single 6-foot-long limb. Bog creepers are carnivorous, lurking amid dead trees and stumps waiting to ambush unsuspecting prey. The shattered boles and stumps make perfect camouflage for the sly bog creeper.

Marshes and swamps are home to the bog creeper and it moves through the territory with ease; it can swim the waters and shamble across the rare patches of dry or swampy ground in pursuit of its prey.

The treasure of a bog creeper is located in its pulpy gullet and consists of the inorganic, indigestible remains and possessions of its victims.

A bog creeper attacks by ambushing its prey, lying in wait for someone or something to wander nearby. When prey comes within range, it lashes out with its single limb and slashes with its tendrils.

It uses its tendrils to grab prey and either constrict it or transfer it to its mouth where it bites with its toothy maw. A desperate bog creeper can also vomit forth its powerful digestive sap in order to dispatch its opponents.

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