Ciruja Plant (CR 3)
Alignment: Always neutral
Initiative: +2 (Dex); Senses: tremorsense 60 ft.
AC: 13 (+1 Size, +2 Dex), touch 13, flat-footed 11
Hit Dice: 3d8+9 (22 hp)
Fort +6, Ref +3, Will -3
Speed: 5 ft., climb 5 ft.
Space: 5 ft./5 ft.
Base Attack +2; Grapple -2
Attack: Frond +3 melee
Full Attack: 2 fronds +3 melee
Damage: Frond 1d3
Special Attacks/Actions: Poison gas, aging
Abilities: Str 10, Dex 14, Con 16, Int -, Wis 2, Cha 1
Special Qualities: Plant immunities
Advancement: 4-8 HD (Medium-size), 9-12 HD (Large)
Climate/Terrain: Temperate mountains
Organization: Solitary or Patches (1-6)
Dragon Compendium Vol. 1
The ciruja plant is a hardy species that grows on the narrow ledges high on the Wormcrawl cliffs. The plant's root system is completely above ground and consists of a fibrous mass of thick tendrils that allow it to cling to sheer surfaces with ease. These roots give it a limited form of movement as well. The main body of the plant consists of a cluster of narrow, triangular fronds that grow to about a foot off the ground. Bright red berries and small blue and white flowers are scattered throughout these fronds. When the ciruja senses food, a tall central stalk rises to a height of about 3 feet above these fronds. This stalk is topped by a bright orange and yellow flower.
Despite its beautiful appearance, the ciruja plant is one of the most dangerous threats of the Wormcrawl Fissure, for it feeds on other creatures' youth. The process by which the ciruja plant causes organic matter to age rapidly has baffled the greatest minds of Greyhawk for ages. More than one sage has died of premature old age while studying a captured ciruja plant.
Though ciruja plants do not carry treasure with them, there is a 10% chance that an encountered plant will have just finished a meal, leaving behind the inorganic "waste" carried by its prey. In this case, consider the ciruja plant to have a treasure rating of Standard.