Volodni (War1) (CR 1)

Medium Plant
Alignment: Usually chaotic neutral
Initiative: +0; Senses: low-light vision and Spot +2
Languages: Common, Sylvan


AC: 17 (+2 natural, +3 studded leather, +2 large wooden shield), touch 10, flat-footed 15
Hit Dice: 1d8+4 (8 hp)
Fort +3, Ref +0, Will +1
Speed: 30 ft.
Space: 5 ft./5 ft.
Base Attack +1; Grapple +1
Attack: Flail +1 melee; or javelin +1 ranged
Full Attack: mail +1 melee; or javelin +1 ranged
Damage: Flail 1d8; javelin 1d6
Special Attacks/Actions: -
Abilities: Str 10, Dex 10, Con 13, Int 8, Wis 13, Cha 9
Special Qualities: Cold resistance 5, half damage from piercing, plant traits, sustenance
Feats: Toughness
Skills: Hide -2* and Spot +2
Advancement: By character class
Climate/Terrain: Cold forest
Organization: Solitary or band (3-8)
Treasure: Standard

Source: Unapproachable East

The volodnis, or pine folk, are a race of vengeful foresters who defend the ancient woods of northeastern Faerûn against the incursions of the "warm folk," as they refer to the humanoid races. They seek to expand the borders of their forest homelands, regardless of who might stand in their path, and dream of a day when all Faerûn once again lies cloaked in unbroken green.

Volodnis are descended from a forgotten tribe of humans who traded their humanity in exchange for shelter from their enemies. They still strongly resemble their human forebears, although their skin is the deep olive-green of a pine needle, and their flesh is woody and tough. Clear sap runs through their veins instead of blood, and their hair grows in long, thick locks scaled like the bark of a young tree. Their eyes are a gleaming black, and they are tall and lean, with wide shoulders and long arms. The pine folk do not work metal or kindle fires if they can help it and favor arms and armor made from leather and wood, dyed green and brown to blend in with the forest terrain.

Volodnis respect druids of any race and often ally with druid circles to deter human expansion in the wild lands. Some wish to drive off settlers, others prefer to retreat deeper into the woods and avoid contact altogether, and a few believe that the time has come to take the struggle to the world beyond the trees. Most volodnis are driven to bring more of Faerûn's forests under their protection, and pine folk roam the East in search of suitable homes for their kind.

Most volodnis encountered away from their homes are warriors; the information presented above describes a 1st-level volodni warrior. Volodni rangers and druids are common as well.

Pine folk typically live to well over 100 years of age. They speak Common and Sylvan.