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Fleshdreg

Huge plant, neutral good

Armor Class 15 (natural armor)
Hit Points 115 (10d12 + 50)
Speed 30 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
19 (+4) 6 (–2) 20 (+5) 13 (+1) 16 (+3) 7 (–2)

Saving Throws Con +8
Skills Insight +6, Nature +4
Damage Resistances fire
Damage Immunities acid
Condition Immunities exhaustion, unconscious
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 13
Languages Common, Deep Speech, Sylvan
Challenge 5 (1,800 XP)

Special Traits

  • Regeneration. The fleshdreg regains 5 hp at the start of its turn if it has at least 1 hp. If the fleshdreg uses its Disgorge Innards action, this trait doesn’t function at the start of its next turn.

Actions

  • Multiattack. The fleshdreg makes two slam attacks.
  • Slam. Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, reach 5 ft., one creature. Hit: 14 (3d6 + 4) bludgeoning damage.
  • Rock. Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, range 60/180 ft., one target. Hit: 20 (3d10 + 4) bludgeoning damage.
  • Disgorge Innards (Recharge 6). The fleshdreg expels acidic sludge in a 30-foot line that is 5 feet wide. Each creature in that line must make a DC 16 Dexterity saving throw, taking 18 (4d8) acid damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one. A creature that fails the saving throw takes 9 (2d8) acid damage the end of its next turn, unless it or a creature within 5 feet of it takes an action to remove the sludge.

About

A mass of disgorged plant material lies at the base of this fleshy tree. Hollowed out areas give the impression of a mouth and a pair of eyes.

Disgusting Display. At a distance, the fleshdreg’s appearance is not quite so disturbing, but a close-up view invokes revulsion in many creatures. Their most unsettling aspect—the constant spewing of plant material—is due to a strange regenerative factor. The trees spontaneously generate plant material, which negatively interacts with their acidic interiors and causes them near-constant digestive discomfort. The fleshdregs can direct this acidified material as a spew, which temporarily suspends this continual production, but they are hesitant to do so except in extreme circumstances. If they lose too much acid or their acid somehow becomes neutralized, the pulpy material fills their innards, bloating them and eventually erupting through their skin.

Friendly Trees. Many intelligent creatures encountering fleshdregs judge them by their horrifying features, but the fleshdregs are amiable hosts. They understand that many creatures find them repulsive and react to hostility with calming words and a show of peace. Assuming they establish a friendly footing with visitors, they prove to be valuable sources of information about the surrounding territory. In some cases, fleshdregs volunteer to accompany their new acquaintances within a swamp, especially if the fleshdregs seek to relocate.

Otherworldly Origins. Scholars who have studied the strange trees conclude they derive from some foreign environment. They are split on whether the creatures come from beyond the stars or migrated from deep within the underworld. The scholars agree fleshdregs serve an environmental niche in their native habitat similar to trees and may be an otherworldly equivalent to treants.

Fleshdregs assume that they’ve always existed in their swamps, but they aren’t interested enough in their origins to argue with the scholars.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Tome of Beasts 2. © 2020 Open Design LLC; Authors Wolfgang Baur, Celeste Conowitch, Darrin Drader, James Introcaso, Philip Larwood, Jeff Lee, Kelly Pawlik, Brian Suskind, Mike Welham.