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Bloodflower

Dragon #167



Climate/Terrain:Temperate and subtropical marshes and jungles
Frequency:Rare
Organization:Solitary
Activity Cycle:Any
Diet:Carnivore
Intelligence:Non- (0)
Treasure:Incidental (10% chance each of J,K,M; 5% chance each of Q and one small magical item)
Alignment:Neutral
No. Appearing:See below
Armor Class:10
Movement:0
Hit Dice:1 hp per bloom
THAC0:20
No. of Attacks:1
Damage/Attack:See below
Special Attacks:Narcotic perfume, blood drain
Special Defenses:Nil
Magic Resistance:Nil
Size:S (1’-tall bush)
Morale:Average (9)
XP Value:65

The blooms of the bloodflower plant are a pale, almost translucent, white. As the plant feeds, the petals become slowly pink, eventually flushing to a deep, rich red. After four turns, digestion is completed and the plant is ready to feed again. The wild bloodflower grows in clumps of 2-5 bushlike plants.

Combat: The flower exudes a fastacting narcotic perfume that is effective within a 5’ radius. Victims must save vs. poison or fall asleep immediately. If the victim falls within 2’ of the plant, the plant stretches out and attaches a set of 6”-long spiny underleaves to the victim’s body. These leaves then drain blood from the victim, doing damage each round equivalent to the plant’s hit points. If the victim is not removed from the vicinity of the bloodflower, he remains unconscious and the plant continues to feed until the victim dies. If removed from the area of the plant’s perfume, the victim regains consciousness after one turn. Healing may occur in any normal fashion.

Habitat/Society: Because the plant blooms both day and night, the domestic species is sometimes used as a passive defense and may be found scattered about in flower gardens or in huge beds surrounding important buildings or cities. Individual potted flowers are kept in treasure rooms as traps for the unwary.


Last Modified: February 06, 2014, 18:56:31 GMT

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