Ironglass Rose (CR 9)
Huge Plant (Psionic)
Alignment: Always neutral
Initiative: +2 (Dex); Senses: low-light vision, Listen +4, and Spot +4
AC: 24 (-2 size, +2 Dex, +14 natural), touch 10, flat-footed 22
Hit Dice: 12d8+72 (126 hp)
Fort +14, Ref +6, Will +8
Speed: 30 ft., climb 20 ft.
Space: 15 ft./15 ft.
Base Attack +9; Grapple +25
Attack: tendril +16 melee
Full Attack: 6 tendrils +16 melee
Damage: Tendril 1d8+8
Special Attacks/Actions: Blood drain, breath weapon, constrict 1d8+12, improved grab, psi-like abilities
Abilities: Str 27, Dex 14, Con 23, Int 6, Wis 15, Cha 10
Special Qualities: Fire immunity, plant traits, psionic resistance 20
Feats: Alertness; Combat Reflexes; Iron Will; Narrow Mind; Weapon Focus (tendril)
Skills: Climb +24, Concentration +12, Hide -5*, Listen +4, and Spot +4
Advancement: 13-18 HD (Huge); 19-36 HD (Gargantuan)
Climate/Terrain: Temperate forests
Thorns stud the dozens of twisted vines that snake from the massive bulb of this plant. A central flower at least 5 feet across possesses rosy pink crystalline petals that pulse with a faint inner light.
The ironglass rose is a carnivorous plant that sustains itself by consuming the blood of living creatures.
Thorny tendrils extend from the sides of a central bulb, while a tough stem array supports the massive flower head. The main bulb is about 6 feet in diameter, and its surface is a wrinkled brown reminiscent of tree bark. The tendrils spread out in a 20-foot diameter surrounding the bulb, with the flower rising an additional 3 to 4 feet above it. It usually cradles the dying bodies of its victims beneath the bulb, where it slowly drains them of life over several days.
The ironglass rose can scale cliffs and climb large trees with relative ease, but it prefers to remain within reach of the ground or dwell within patches of dense scrub or undergrowth. It attacks both psionic and non-psionic foes alike. The petals of the ironglass rose are extremely durable, and skilled craftsmen can use them to create crystalline armor that is both practical and attractive.
Ironglass roses understand Common, but cannot speak.