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Cerebric Fungus (3pp)

Cerebric Fungus CR 3

A swollen, brainlike bulb encrusted with fungal shelves squats atop several ropey legs. A wide mouth bisects the bulb’s crown.

XP 800
N Medium plant
Init +0; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision; Perception +13

DEFENSE HP 35

EAC 14 KAC 15
Fort +4, Ref +2, Will +6

OFFENSE

Speed 30 ft.
Melee bite +9 (1d4+4 P; critical touch of madness [DC 14])
Offensive Abilities star shriek, , unsettling appearance

STATISTICS

Str +1, Dex +0, Con +2, Int +0, Wis +4, Cha +0
Skills Bluff +13, Diplomacy +8, Intimidate +8, Stealth +13
Languages telepathy 100 ft.
Other Abilities otherworldly mind

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Otherworldly Mind (Ex)

Any creature attempting to contact a cerebric fungus’s mind or read its thoughts with a divination spell or similar ability must succeed at a DC 14 Will save or be overwhelmed by the alien thoughts in the creature’s head. Those who fail take 1d4 points of Wisdom damage and are confused for 1d6 rounds, and the divination effect immediately ends.

Star-Shriek (Ex)

Once per day as a full action, a cerebric fungus can unleash a shrill scream of madness. All creatures (except other cerebric fungi) within 30 feet must make a DC 14 Will save or be nauseated for 1d4 rounds. This is a sonic, mind-affecting effect.

Touch of Madness (Sp)

The cerebric fungus may daze one living creature on a critical hit. The target creature must succeed at a DC 14 Will save, or it becomes dazed for 1 round per caster level (3 rounds for most cerebric fungi). The dazed subject is not stunned (so attackers get no special advantage against it). This is a mind-affecting enchantment, equivalent to a 2nd-level spell.

Unsettling Appearance (Su)

A cerebric fungus constantly scans the minds of those around it, projecting around itself a confusing collage of images gleaned from their thoughts. Creatures within 60 feet that can see the fungus must succeed at a DC 14 Will save or take a –2 penalty on attack rolls. This is a mind-affecting effect.

ECOLOGY

Environment any
Organization solitary, pair, or colony (3–12)

Cerebric fungi are a race of carnivorous, intelligent fungi native to a distant planet. Although they are one of the lowliest life forms on their homeworld, the fungi still possess an alien intellect far beyond that of most terrestrial creatures.

Cerebric fungi display great curiosity about other races and species when they visit other worlds, asking endless, apparently senseless, questions and engaging in disturbing experiments. Some eccentric scholars claim to have learned unsettling secrets from these interrogations.

Although capable of fine manipulation with their prehensile filaments, cerebric fungi normally forgo the use of weapons in favor of their natural attacks.

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