Ghost Trees «Narl Ep»

Reported By: unknown contributor in 1st Edition

Role: Monster
Base Stock: White Swamp Oak

MCC Stat Block: Narl Ep 'Ghost Trees' (1d8 (4)): Init +7; atk 8 x roots melee +13 (1d10+6); AC 17; HD 23D5 hp 69 each; NO MOVEMENT; 1d20+1d20; SV Fort +0, Ref -3, Will -3
Mutations: (P) Seed Mobility, Modified Roots

Number Appearing: 1d8
Morale: 12
Hit Dice: HD 23D5
Armor: 7 (AC 17)
Size: Gargantuan 60m


Attack: 8 x Roots melee +13 (1d10+6)

MS: 2   PS: 125
IN: 2   DX: 1
CH: 1   CN: 10

Frequency: Rare
Organization: Solitary
Activity Cycle: Day
Diet: Omnivore
Habitat: Any Marsh, Lakes, Ponds
Tech Level: 0 - 0
Artifacts: Z

Description (Initial Observations): This white tree looks like a banyan and grows to the height of 60m. The narl ep or "ghost tree" is a mutant form of White Swamp Oak that grows in or near slow-moving water. The tree's smooth bark is completely white and its leaves are a pale green. During the spring its branches are covered in nut-like seed pods.

Reactions: No known interactions

Behavior: The narl eps network of roots extend out 30 meters around the trunk. They float on the water and lay on the mud until disturbed. When they are disturbed, they will leap into the air and attack their prey. In the spring, these roots will be covered with seedpods, which they will fling away from the tree. Once the husk around the seed rots away, the pod will burst with a sonic blast that will blast the seeds away from the pod up to 10 meters. Anyone caught in the blast will be hit for 6 points of damage. Pods can be found up to 120 meters from their tree. While they are not rotten, they can be picked up and taken to be used as natural grenades.

Behavior: Behavior not recorded

Society: Narl eps are always found close to water and local races quickly learn to leave them alone. This isn't difficult since the wood and bark of a narl ep is no more useful than that of any other tree. The only thing of value about them is their seeds. In late summer, the narp ep thrashes its branches to fling its many seed pods to the wind. When completely ripe, the pods burst open with a sonic blast, scatting a number of seeds to the wind. Since a sharp blow will crack a pod, some try to harvest narl ep seed pods for use as crude grenades.