Saturday, November 15, 2008

Why, that's a Treefling!

The final comments are in from last week's "Weekly What the Heck". The result is the treefling, the six inch tall result of a fey pact with the immortal trees who carry Leaves of Despair.

I'd like to thank Reverend Mike, greywulf, wyattsalazar, Scott and Bartoneus (with special thanks to greywulf for the name) for their ideas, all of which have been mashed together to create:
Treefling
Treeflings are tiny fey who trace their horns and woody skin back to an ancient bargain with treant mystics deep in the forest primeval. Unlike Tieflings, the pact turned out pretty okay, and they are rather chummy fellows unless you annoy them. Treeflings typically have horns on their chins, horns as their fingers, and some even have horns as feet! They are quite charismatic, due to their excessive hornyness, and are excellent climbers who often make their nests (and lay their eggs) in the highest trees of the forest.

Level 10 Artillery
Treefling Leafwielder
XP 500
Tiny fey humanoid (plant)
Initiative +10 Senses Perception +7
Despair (Psychic) aura 5; enemies within the aura take a –2 penalty to attack rolls against the treefling.
HP 84; Bloodied 42
AC 24; Fortitude 21, Reflex 25, Will 21
Speed 4, climb 4
mHorn (standard; at-will)
+17 vs. AC; 1d6 + 2 damage.
RLeaf of Gloom (standard; at-will) * Psychic
Ranged 10; +15 vs. Will; 2d6 + 4 psychic damage.
ALeaf of Despair (standard; recharge 5 6) * Psychic
Area burst 2 within 5; +13 vs. Will; 2d6 + 4 psychic damage, and the target is immobilized.
Horny Touch (minor; encounter) * Healing
An adjacent ally can spend a healing surge or make a saving throw against one effect that a save can end.
Alignment Unaligned Languages Elven
Skills Nature +12, Stealth +15
Str 14 (+7) Dex 21 (+10) Wis 14 (+7)
Con 18 (+9) Int 16 (+8) Cha 18 (+9)

Treefling Leafwielder Tactics
Treefling Leafwielders prefer to stay in the trees, out of reach of their foes. They climb lower to use leaf of despair when they can, then retreat higher into their tree until it recharges.

Level 15 Controller
Treefling Leafmaster
XP 1,200
Tiny fey humanoid (plant)
Initiative +12 Senses Perception +11
Despair (Psychic) aura 5; enemies within the aura take a –2 penalty to attack rolls against the treefling.
HP 149; Bloodied 74
AC 31; Fortitude 25, Reflex 29, Will 27
Speed 4, climb 4
mHorn (standard; at-will)
+20 vs. AC; 1d8 + 3 damage.
RLeaf of Sorrow (standard; at-will) * Psychic
Ranged 10; +19 vs. Will; 2d8 + 7 psychic damage.
ALeaf of Crushing Despair (standard; recharge 6) * Psychic
Area burst 2 within 10; +17 vs. Will; 2d8 + 7 psychic damage, and the target is immobilized (save ends).
ATreant Chant (standard; sustain minor; encounter) * Zone
Area burst 2 within 5; trees come alive and attack the treefling’s enemies within the zone; +18 vs. AC; 1d10 + 6 damage. The treefling makes new attack rolls when it sustains the zone.
Horny Touch (minor; encounter) * Healing
An adjacent ally can spend a healing surge or make a saving throw against one effect that a save can end.
Alignment Unaligned Languages Elven
Skills Nature +16, Stealth +17
Str 16 (+10) Dex 21 (+12) Wis 18 (+11)
Con 21 (+12) Int 17 (+10) Cha 24 (+14)

Treefling Leafmaster Tactics
A treefling leafmaster prefers to stay in the trees, out of reach of its foes. It uses treant chant at the start of battle and spends a minor action each round thereafter to maintain it while using leaf of crushing despair as often as possible.

Treefling Lore
A character knows the following information with a successful Arcana check.
DC 20: Treeflings are quite charismatic, due to their excessive hornyness, and are excellent climbers. Each one carries a Leaf of Despair. Little is known of the Leaf's properties, but one thing is certain... everyone who has ever encountered the Leaf has been stricken with Despair!

Encounter Groups
Treeflings are almost always found in the company of other fey, especially dryads and unicorns.
Level 9 Encounter (XP 2,100)
* 2 treefling leafwielders (level 10 artillery)
* 1 eladrin fey knight (level 7 soldier)
* 1 dryad (level 9 skirmisher)
* 1 unicorn (level 9 skirmisher)
Level 16 Encounter (XP 6,600)
* 2 treefling leafmasters (level 15 controller)
* 2 stone-eye basilisks (level 12 soldier)
* 1 treant (level 16 elite controller)
"Horny Touch". *snort*

3 comments:

Gregor LeBlaque said...

I couldn't find a good place to work it in, but I have this idea that when a treefling is killed, its body rapidly dries up into dust and blows away, leaving only its leaf... which has no powers in the hands of a non-treefling.

Reverend Mike said...

Being quoted always leaves me feeling a false sense of accomplishment...

:D

greywulf said...

Love it!