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Harpy Jasmine

Harpy Jasmine CR 5

XP 1,600
N Medium plant
Init +0; Senses blindsense (thought) 60 ft.; Perception +16


HP 60
EAC 16; KAC 17
Fort +6; Ref +2; Will +8
Immunities plant immunities; Resistances fire 5
Weaknesses vulnerable to cold


Speed 5 ft., climb 5 ft.
Melee vine +12 (1d6+9 B plus grab)
Space 5 ft.; Reach 10 ft.
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 5th)

Offensive Abilities haunting memory


Str +5; Dex +0; Con +3; Int —; Wis +1; Cha +2


Haunting Memory (Su)

Once per day as a full-round action, a harpy jasmine can create psychic echoes of people and events it has encountered, playing back moments of intense emotion or pain. This functions as a 4th-level holographic image spell (CL 5th, Will DC 15), but the harpy jasmine can only replay events it has already experienced and has no conscious control over the images, sounds, and sensations it creates.


Environment temperate or warm forests
Organization solitary, or thicket (2–5)

Many flora boast complex protein chains that function as both nerves and fast-twitch muscles. Although the assassin vine is one of the most well-known examples, harpy jasmine infamously has one of the most sinister lures: psychic powers that draw in and pummel curious prey. Despite its colorful moniker—derived from its songs and fascination-based abilities—the blossom has nothing in common with actual harpies.

In the wild, harpy jasmines grow as a large shrub with long runners, each studded with five-petaled flowers, stretching from their leafy bodies. They use complex illusions to lure in and strangle curious beasts, though incredibly, the plants don’t display the intelligence to invent or adapt their illusions that might be expected from such a predator.

Instead, harpy jasmines record nearby events and emotions that they replicate with little variation or apparent understanding.

Animal memories rarely show more than instinctual scenes of distress or content grazing, but intelligent prey can inadvertently surrender secrets to the plants, which in some cases result in jarringly inappropriate lures. However, eccentric detectives and security companies have occasionally cultivated or provoked harpy jasmines to have the plants replay scenes of a nearby crime.

The flowers play a small role in lashunta mythology, serving as a symbol of death and knowledge. Lashunta legend claims that especially old and large examples of harpy jasmines grow to tree-like proportions and develop their own minds, amalgams built from the psychic impressions of countless previous victims. At least two such myths involve heroes seeking out such ancient plants to recover a lost secret; the cautionary fable of the Sing-Sweet Vine warns against becoming obsessed with the past, and in another tale, a venerable harpy jasmine’s memory of a loved one is the final ingredient needed to restore a hero’s deceased friend to life.

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