Monster: Thunderstruck Dryad

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Thunderstruck Dryad

Shards of gray metal pierce the flesh of this unkempt but still weirdly beautiful woman.

CR 8; XP 4,800

CN Fey
Init +9; Senses low-light vision; Perception +25


AC 21, touch 21, flat-footed 15 (+5 deflection, +5 Dex, +1 dodge)
hp 94 (21d6+21)
Fort +8, Ref +15, Will +11
DR 10/cold iron; Resist electricity 20; SR 19
Weakness vulnerable to sonic damage

Speed 30 ft.
Melee 2 claws +15 (1d4 plus 3d6 electricity)
Special Attacks doomed sapling, forking lightning, 
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 20th; concentration +25)
At Will—dancing lights, wood shape
1/day—blighttransport via plants

Str 10, Dex 20, Con 12, Int 13, Wis 13, Cha 21
Base Atk +10; CMB +15; CMD 42
Feats Acrobatic Step, Agile Maneuvers, Blind-Fight, Combat Casting, Combat Reflexes, Defensive Combat Training, Dodge, Improved Initiative, Nimble Moves, Weapon Finesse, Wind Stance
Skills Acrobatics +29, Escape Artist +29, Knowledge (nature) +25, Perception +25, Perform (dance) +29, Perform (sing) +29, Survival +25
Language Aklo, Common, Elven, Sylvan

Environment temperate forest, hills, and mountains
Organization solitary
Treasure standard

Special Abilities

Doomed Sapling (Sp) As a swift action, a thunderstruck dryad can make a tree sapling grow out of the ground within 60 feet. The newly formed sapling grows for a round, counting as an obstacle occupying its square at the start of the dryad's following turn. It has hardness 8 and 20 hit points but shrivels and dies after 24 hours. Any creature occupying the square where the sapling grows becomes entangled and rooted to the ground (DC 17 Reflex save negates). The saving throw DC is Charisma-based. This is an equivalent of a 2nd level spell.

Forking Lightning (Sp) A thunderstruck dryad can invoke lightning arcing toward her doomed saplings burning them to ash in the process. Anyone standing on the lines connecting the dryad with her doomed saplings, including creatures occupying the same space as her saplings suffers 6d6 points of electricity damage (DC 19 Reflex halves the damage). The saving throw DC is Charisma-based. This is an equivalent of a 4th level spell.

Sometimes, a dryad's tree is killed by a lightning. Occasionally, the orphaned dryad is driven mad by the shock and the loss, empowered by the lightning, and changed into a strange, unpredictable entity, no longer dependent on trees.

Thunderstruck dryads are dangerous because of their erratic behavior, though they usually are contemptuous of peaceful fey and druids, reveling in their lunacy and cruel, unforgiving  randomness of natural phenomenons.

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