"I'm not a boozehound, I just want to be prepared!"
Locals aware of the plant's properties might wear large planks of wood on their feet, similar to snowshoes, to spread their weight evenly enough to avoid damaging the plants. Alternatively, they might coat their shoes heavily with beeswax, to keep them from adhering.
I could see people cultivating this plant for its useful adhesive properties. Go to Comment
A well-done selection of nasty foliage. Alert travelers could be warned of the presence of these plants by the signs they leave behind (scattered animal bones near Scorpion Grass, damage to nearby plants from spitting euphorbia or singeweed, etc.).
They are too obviously magical to occur naturally; only a truly irresponsible wizard would create such nasty plants. All it would take is a few patches of Scorpion Grass near a village to wreak havok on local livestock. Hopefuilly, such plants can't effectively compete naturally with more normal flora, or they could render entire regions almost uninhabitable. Go to Comment
Random thought: Seeing as most slugs also eat carrion, including their own dead, could one of these slugs not eat it's fallen brethren, gaining their abilities and becoming some sort of uber-slug? I certainly hope so.
This is a great creature entry with definite in-game potential. Go to Comment
Ewwwww. Slugs make a nasty pop when you step on them. The thought of taking out the garbage one misty morning and suddenly being tossed on my head because the slug I stepped on just became 10 feet long made me laugh. I'll not step on them for another reason now... Go to Comment
...but where do you go, when you actually need one? To this scroll, of course! :)
It is a good listing. You might even want to link other smart trees here, I'm pretty sure we have some. Might even make a good Codex - or make a new one called 'Aggressive Flora', as opposed to 'Whimsical Flora'. :)
One of the less sinister of the animated trees, the Bending Mahogany is extremely rare, the forests around the Unseen Fortress being one of the few places where this tree is known to grow.
The unique characteristic of this distant relative of the mundane tropical mahogany, is its ability to literally bend, often at extreme angles. The wood itself has a feel and make-up, that is not unlike hard rubber, and the tree is therefore prized by specialists for the crafting of flexible maces (Talislanta shout out), spears, and many other weapons and devices. This is of course, the main reason for the tree's rarity, because while sentient, and even capable of defending itself, the Bending Mahogany is not all that difficult to "down" if the proper precautions are undertaken.
When one comes across a bending mahogany during a period of strong wind, one may glimpse the reason for the tree's namesake. The stronger the wind, the more the mahogany bends, almost as if the tree itself revels in its own bending ability. Even some of the bigger specimens, averaging fifty to sixty feet in length, can often be seen, bending and touching the ground with its upper branches and crown.
Of course, this is where the danger presents itself. Bending Mahoganies usually grow in copses of six to eight trees, and whenever its windy, the trees curve and arch, sometimes even at right angles. The trees are easily capable of killing wanderers and trespassers by simply wacking the unfortunate traveller with its branches and flexible trunks.
Sages have pontificated for years, as to the exact nature of the Bending Mahogany. All that they have ascertained is that the trees seem to take a great and palpable pleasure in twisting, turning, contorting and bending, but only when there is strong wind. The Bending Mahogany may remain an ecological mystery forever. Go to Comment
The Bastard Saffron tree is an anomaly. Saffron, as all herb enthusiasts know, comes from the stigma of the crocus flower, a vivid, red powder is derived, and then used in various cuisines, accentuating the flavor only slightly, but giving any dish in which its used, a vibrant orangey-yellow tint.
Mundane Bastard Saffron is simply the colorful term for the common safflower, which gives off a similar powder, and is used as a cheap imitation of saffron, for similar purposes.
The Bastard Saffron found around the Unseen Fortress however, is another plant entirely. A thick, bulging, obnoxious looking tree, gnarled and gray, yet sporting bright, carrot-orange flower-like fronds. These fronds, leaves really, have seemingly one insidious purpose. To shoot, blow, or rub an orange powder from their pointy stigmas onto any living creature passing by.
In all other aspects, the Bastard Saffron is quite harmless. Compared to the other trees that can be found around the Unseen Fortress, it is quite low on the sentience scale. Sages certainly postulate that it is magical however, claiming no natural creation could possibly have such an obnoxious attribute.
The powder of the Bastard Saffron comes off of its vivid fronds in copious, unending amounts, at the slightest breeze, or whenever any sentient creature is in its vicinity. The fronds in fact, can even spit this powder a few feet. The powder stains anything it touches a bright, insufferable orange. Nothing short of magic can remove a Bastard Saffron stain...nothing.
Those that have been unfortunate enough to be affected with this great nuisance have reported no ill long-term effects however. Many have used hedge magic or hired spell casters to remove the orange spots from their faces or bodies, but many of those, without the means or ways, endure the mark of the Bastard Saffron indefinitely, even after death. Once a corpse decays, a small orange spot remains. As the bones begin to turn to powder, they attain an orange tint, and wherever the remains are buried, a Bastard Saffron tree will spring up, ten years later.
At least that is what the sages conjecture. Most sages of upstanding reputations refuse to even discuss the weird flora. Theyll mumble instead that its simply, "aptly named". Go to Comment
Brawlerwood trees appear as large regular trees of varying species (usually oak, pine and crabapple) - all of which have large, thick branches. However, they are magically animated and are quite dangerous. They will attempt to pummel their victims with their thick, woody branches.
Only the larger branches will be used, so typically man-sized victims will be subject to no more then two such attacks at a time. The tree remains rooted to the ground, but can bend it's trunk at the ground level to allow for slightly longer reach.
The trees are not intelligent in the least - those who deploy them as defences know to simply keep out of the reach of the branches.
Optionally, one could grant sufficient intelligence to the tree to allow victims to come close before it attacks, or to use local debris as missile weapons (including fallen/chopped off limbs, former victims, etc). Those with available fruit (such as crabapple) could optionally use those as missile weapons if victims stay frustratingly out of reach. Not much damage, but a minor avenue for the tree to release it's aggression.
The process of animating such a tree employs components such as bull blood, strength or berserker type potions, and applications of plant-controlling spells. Alternately, minor evil spirits could be bound into the tree, which would yield the most intelligent and dangerous specimens.
An example of such a tree and it's behavior is typified by the Whomping Willow of Harry Potter fame. Go to Comment