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Nature Spirit, Lesser

by Jamie Baty

GAZ12 42
Medium Deathless (Shapechanger)
Hit Dice: 2d12 (13 hp)
Initiative: +1 (+1 Dex)
Speed: 30 ft. (6 squares)
Armour Class: 17 (+1 Dex, +6 natural), touch 11, flat-footed 16
Base Attack/Grapple: +1/+2
Attack: Slam +2 melee (1d8 +1)
Full Attack: Slam +2 melee (1d8 +1)
Space/Reach: 5 ft. /5 ft.
Special Attacks: -
Special Qualities: Alternate form, DR 5/magic , darkvision 60ft., one with nature, spells-like abilities, undead traits
Saves: Fort +0, Ref +1, Will +3
Abilities: Str 13, Dex 12, Con -, Int 10, Wis 11, Cha 18
Skills: Bluff +5, Diplomacy +6, Gather Information +5, Intimidate +5, Knowledge (local) +1, Knowledge (nature) +4, Listen +5, Sense Motive +2, Spot +5, Survival +2
Feats: Alertness
Environment: Any land
Organisation: Solitary
Challenge Rating: 1
Treasure: None
Alignment: Always neutral
Advancement: 3-6 HD (Medium)
Level Adjustment: -

Nature spirits are spirits that have merged with natural features. They include plant spirits, rock spirits, and water, earth, air and fire spirits, among others. They inhabit inanimate objects and living plants.
Nature spirits have much in common with elementals, and, when in their normal form, they may be mistaken for an elemental. They are generally on good terms with elementals and fey.
Although neutral, nature spirits have possess both a good and evil nature. Their good nature inclines them toward being gentle and reclusive, while their evil nature may make them savage and cruel if mistreated. Their mood is easily and quickly reflected in the countenance of its human form (either looking very benevolent or very evil). If treated with respect they may help a character as they have knowledge of the area around them (a mile radius).
Nature spirits have a human form they use when encountering strangers. If their homes are threatened, nature spirits always appear in their evil form. seeking to slay or drive off those attacking them. They may also seek the aid of certain characters to help them defend their homes. In this case their good natures are dominant.
Some nature spirits are inherently evil, seeking to lure creatures to them, and then attack and devour those unfortunates. These spirits are shunned and feared.
Nature spirits can speak Sylvan and Common. Some may also know other local languages, Giant and Draconic.

Combat
Nature spirits are usually non-aggressive and will avoid creatures that may cause trouble. However, they will attack any creature harming their home. Some nature spirits are intrinsically evil, and will seek to lure the unwary into traps and attack them. In their normal form, nature spirits attack with a powerful slam. In human form, they are proficient with simple weapons, light armour and shields.

Alternate Form (Su): A lesser nature spirit has the ability to assume one the form of a human. This ability works much like the polymorph spell, except that the nature spirit is limited to the human form, and does not regain any hit points for changing its form. Assuming an alternate form results in the following changes to the nature spirit:
The spirit retains the type and subtype of its original form. It gains the size of its new form.
The spirit loses the natural weapons, natural armour, movement modes, and extraordinary special attacks of its original form.
The spirit gains the natural weapons, natural armour, movement modes, and extraordinary special attacks of its new form.
The spirit retains the special qualities of its original form. It does not gain any special qualities of its new form.
The spirit retains the spell-like abilities and supernatural attacks of its old form (except for breath weapons and gaze attacks). It does not gain the spell-like abilities or supernatural attacks of its new form.
The spirit gains the physical ability scores (Str, Dex, Con) of its new form. It retains the mental ability scores (Int, Wis, Cha) of its original form. Note: a nature spirit's human form will be based on a non-elite array, and will have Str, Dex, and Con values of 13, 12, 11 distributed as the DM desires.
The spirit retains its hit points and save bonuses, although its save modifiers may change due to a change in ability scores.
The spirit retains any spellcasting ability it had in its original form.
The spirit is effectively camouflaged as a human, and it gains a +10 bonus on Disguise checks if it uses this ability to create a disguise.

Damage Reduction (Su): A lesser nature spirit has damage reduction of 5/ magic. Its slam attack is treated as a magic weapon for the purposes of bypassing damage reduction.

One with Nature (Ex): Every nature spirit is tied to a natural feature. Up to twice a day, as a swift action, it may merge with that natural feature. When merged, the spirit cannot be detected, or be harmed directly. While merged, the spirit may speak normally if desired. A nature spirit may emerge from the feature as a free action. A nature spirit cannot move more than a mile from their home. If a nature spirit's home is destroyed, it is instantly slain.
A nature spirit can alter the characteristics of its natural feature as it sees fit to help or hinder those in its territory. Individual changes must be consistent with the type of natural feature the spirit is tied to, take a full round action to initiate and 2-6 rounds to complete. Once complete, they are permanent unless changed again by the spirit. Examples would include shifting the course of a stream or increasing the amount of underbrush to hinder movement.

Spell-like Abilities (Sp): At will: detect evil, invisibility. Caster Level is the spirit's HD, and abilities are Charisma-based.

Deathless Traits: A deathless has the following traits.
No Constitution score.
Darkvision out to 60 feet.
Immunity to all mind-affecting effects (charm compulsions, phantasms, patterns, and morale effects).
Immunity to poison, sleep effects, paralysis, stunning, disease, and death effects.
Not subject to critical hits, nonlethal damage, or ability drain. Immune to damage to its physical ability scores (Strength, Dexterity, and Constitution) as well as fatigue and exhaustion effects. Unlike undead, the deathless are subject to energy drain. Like living creatures, deathless are harmed by negative energy and healed by positive energy
Immunity to any effect that requires a Fortitude save, except for energy drain attacks, effects that also work on objects, and harmless effects.
Cannot use the run action.
Uses Charisma modifier for Concentration checks.
Not at risk of death from massive damage, but when reduced to 0 hp or less, it is immediately destroyed.
Not affected by raise dead and reincarnate spells or abilities. Resurrection and true resurrection can affect the deathless if they are willing. These spells turn deathless creatures back into the living creatures they were before becoming deathless.
Evil clerics can turn or destroy deathless creatures as good clerics turn or destroy undead. Good clerics and paladins can rebuke, command, or bolster deathless creatures as evil clerics rebuke, command, or bolster undead.
Deathless creatures gain the same benefits from consecrate and hallow as undead do from desecrate and unhallow, and they are hindered by desecrate and unhallow as undead are by consecrate and hallow. Hide from undead and undeath to death also work against deathless. Detect undead and deathwatch also reveal deathless and allow the caster to distinguish deathless creatures from undead. Evil casters can be stunned by overwhelming auras of deathless creatures as good casters can be stunned by overwhelming undead auras. Use "undead" line in the detect evil spell description when deathless are in the area of detect good spell. Deathless are healed by disrupt undead and damaged by unholy water as undead are by holy water. Deathless are not affected by disrupting weapons. Spells that have greater than normal effect against undead creatures - including chill touch, magic stone, searing light, sunbeam, sunburst, and wall of fire - do not have these enhanced effects against deathless creatures. Deathless take only 1d6 points of damage per two caster levels from searing light. Spells such as command undead, control undead, create undead, create greater undead, and halt undead do not affect or create deathless creatures.
Proficient with its natural weapons and any weapons mentioned in its entries.
Proficient in whatever type of armour (light, medium, or heavy) it is described as wearing, as well as all lighter types. Deathless not listed as wearing armour are not proficient with armour.
Deathless do not breathe, eat, or sleep.