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Arboreal Reaper

Arboreal Reaper Creature7

N Large Plant

Senses Perception +15; low-light vision

Languages Arboreal, Common, Sylvan

Skills Athletics +17, Intimidation +17, Nature +15, Stealth +14 (+18 in forests)

Str +6, Dex +2, Con +4, Int +2, Wis +2, Cha +4

AC 25; Fort +17, Ref +13, Will +15

HP 130; Weaknesses axe vulnerability, fire 10; Resistances bludgeoning 5, piercing 5

Axe Vulnerability An arboreal reaper takes 5 additional damage from axes.

Speed 25 feet

Melee [one-action] branch +18 (reach 10 feet), Damage 2d10+8 bludgeoning

Melee [one-action] root +18 (agile), Damage 2d6+8 bludgeoning plus Knockdown

Ranged [one-action] thorns +16, Damage 2d8+5 piercing plus 1d4 persistent bleed

Primal Innate Spells DC 22; 3rd vampiric touch; Constant (4th) speak with plants

Leech Moisture [two-actions] Effect The arboreal reaper grows still and focuses intently on a single foe within 50 feet, draining moisture from the target’s body. This deals 10d6 negative damage (DC 25 basic Fortitude save). The arboreal reaper can’t Leech Moisture again for 1d4 rounds.


Arboreals are tree-like ancient guardians of forests, nurturing new growth and maintaining a balanced ecosystem as if the vast wilderness were their garden.

Arboreals are thoughtful and deliberate-until something threatens their realms and invites their wrath.

While some forests have an idyllic, peaceful quality to them, others feel distinctly unfriendly or even sinister-these forests are the favored haunts of arboreal reapers. Sometimes these woodlands are sought out by secretive practitioners of malicious arts who claim the unsettling ambiance aids their abilities; arboreal reapers see no reason to interfere with such practices as long as the balance of their forests isn’t harmed.

All arboreals vary in appearance based on their surroundings, but arboreal reapers always seem vaguely eerie, whether they watch over a grim weald or a tropical rain forest. Often slightly warped, twisted, and covered in spiky protrusions, arboreal reapers sometimes sprout around old ruins or other permanent structures, breaking down and incorporating the structures as they mature and become more mobile.

Arboreal reapers focus on the essential decaying phase of a forest’s life cycle, becoming especially active in autumn and winter seasons.

Their influence can often be seen in the explosion of mushrooms on a rotting log or the enticing fronds of a flourishing carnivorous plant. Like arboreal wardens, these woodland guardians are quicker to react to perceived threats than the more deliberate regents or retiring archives-at least by arboreal standards.

Though they grow faster than trees, arboreals take decades to reach maturity. They spend their early years rooted in place, developing an affinity with the flora of their homeland and attuning to its rhythms while adult arboreals keep a watchful eye on their progress.

After the first century, young arboreals become more mobile, often apprenticing with senior arboreals in their territory as they take up the mantle of forest guardian.

As with all arboreals, no two arboreal archives are identical in appearance. The uniquely patterned bark of arboreal archives makes them even more distinct from one another, painting a mysterious and unique record of their knowledge of lore. Practitioners of primal magic believe the earthy colors adorning each arboreal archive’s body hold clues about the memories and myths the creature collects and preserves.

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