Myconid Elder Worker (CR 2)
Alignment: Usually lawful neutral
Initiative: +1 (Dex); Senses: low-light vision, Listen +4, and Spot +4
Languages: telepathy via spores
AC: 12 (+1 Dex, +1 natural), touch 11, flat-footed 11
Hit Dice: 3d8+3 (16 hp)
Fort +4, Ref +2, Will +3
Speed: 20 ft.
Space: 5 ft./5 ft.
Base Attack +2; Grapple -3
Attack: 2 slams +3 melee, or spores +3 ranged touch
Full Attack: 2 slams +3 melee, or spores +3 ranged touch
Damage: Slam 1d6+1
Special Attacks/Actions: Spores
Abilities: Str 12, Dex 13, Con 13, Int 10, Wis 15, Cha 14
Special Qualities: Plant traits, spores
Feats: Alertness; Toughness
Skills: Knowledge (nature) +3, Listen +4, Profession (farmer) +6, Sense Motive +4, Spot +4, and Survival +5
Organization: Solitary, pair, or gang (3-5)
Monster Manual II
Spores (Ex): Elder workers have access to distress, reproduction, and rapport spores (save DC 12 where applicable).
- Distress: These spores alert all other myconids within the area that danger is near. They are released in a 120-foot spread.
- Reproduction: These spores eventually germinate into new infant myconids. They are released as a 120-foot spread and have no detrimental effects on non-myconids.
- Rapport: Myconids do not speak, but these spores enable them to establish telepathic communication with each other and with outsiders. A successful Fortitude saving throw (DC varies; see individual descriptions) negates the effect, but it is harmless. Rapport lasts for 30 to 60 minutes with outsiders, but for 8 hours with other myconids. Rapport spores can be released as either a 120-foot spread or a 40-foot ray. Regardless of the release area, the communication range is 120 feet once rapport is established.
Skills and Feats (Ex): A myconid gains skills and feats as though it were a fey. A myconid of any kind has EHD as though it were a Tiny plant.
Elder workers usually spray intruders with rapport spores rather than hiding, as more junior myconids do. They are quite willing to communicate rather than take aggressive action. If forced to fight, they try to eliminate the most formidable-looking foes first. If more capable myconids join the battle, elder workers use much the same tactics that average workers do.