[New Monster] Watcher in the Woods

Watcher in the Woods

 

“That statue moved!” Koram warned the others. “I saw it!”

“This wooden one?” Chalk said and patted the eerie oak statue on the top of its flat crown.

Koram cringed, as if expecting the thing to lash out at the wizard. Knat looked a bit nervous herself.

“Maybe we should just leave,” the druidess said.

“Nonsense, these ancient gardens are a great place to relax,” Chalk argued.

“I quite agree!” the oak statue croaked in a sinewy, pulpy voice.

Chalk leaped away from the “statue” and it turned its head and smiled thinly.

Watcher in the Woods

No. Enc.: 1 (Unique?)

Alignment: Neutral

Movement: 120′ (40′)

Armor Class: 3

Hit Dice: 10

Attacks: 2

Damage: 1d12+2 (claw)

Save: F10

Morale: 12

Hoard Class: X, XII

X.P.: 1200

This strange being is often sighted, but rarely noticed for what it truly is. The Watcher in the Woods appears as a five and a half foot tall oak statue of a wizened man with an almost skull-like face and an ancient style crown/hat with a flat top. This entity can sit motionless for years at a time, sometimes sitting in gardens or forest glades for ages, just observing all around it. The Watcher in the Woods is a guardian of the fey and has been seen at their revelries, sometimes smiling thinly while looking on and sometimes participating. This being will reward to act kindly towards parties with druids and/or that show a respect for Nature and it will unleash its rage on any that recklessly destroy animals or plant life.

When this creature senses danger to itself, the land it is guarding or any fey creatures it will spring into action, dealing damage with wicked claws or using magic. This being can cast the following as spell-like abilities twice per day as a 6th level caster: Druid-Entangle, Faerie Fire, Hallucinatory Terrain, Heat Metal, Plant Growth, Snare, Warp Wood and Magic-User– Charm Person, Jarring Hand, Phantasmal Force, Protection from Normal Missiles and Remove Curse (usually the reverse to Curse with druid or wizard curses).

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