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Gallows Tree

This creature appears as a massive, tall tree with thick branches from which hang several humanoid corpses tightly secured by their necks with greenish-brown ropes. Its canopy is thick and bushy, and its trunk is mottled brown.

Gallows Tree
CR 13

XP 25,600
N Huge plant
+5; Senses low-light vision, tremorsense 60 ft.; Perception +24


AC 24, touch 9, flat-footed 23 (+1 Dex, +15 natural, –2 size)
hp 218 (19d8+114 plus 19)
Fort +17; Ref +7; Will +8
DR 10/magic and slashing; Immune plant traits; Resist fire 10


Speed 20 ft.
Melee 6 slams +23 (2d6+10/19–20 plus grab)
Space 15 ft.; Reach 15 ft.
Special Attacks create gallows tree zombie, gallows tree zombies


Str 30, Dex 12, Con 23, Int 10, Wis 14, Cha 6
Base Atk +14; CMB +26 (+28 sunder, +30 grapple); CMD 37 (39 vs. sunder, can’t be tripped)
Feats Cleave, Critical Focus, Great Cleave, Improved Critical (slam), Improved Initiative, Improved Sunder, Power Attack, Staggering Critical, Toughness, Weapon Focus (slam)
Skills Perception +24, Stealth +15
Languages Common (cannot speak); empathy with gallows tree zombies


Create Gallows Tree Zombie (Su)

When a creature dies within 15 feet of a gallows tree, it uses a sharpened tendril to slice open the creature’s abdomen, thereby spilling the corpse’s innards on the ground. The organs and fluids are then absorbed by the tree’s roots. Corpses of a size other than Medium or Large are simply left to rot. Medium or Large corpses are filled with a greenish pollen fired from one of the tree’s branches. The abdominal wound heals over the next 1d4 days, at which time the slain creature rises as a gallows tree zombie connected by a tether–vine to the gallows tree that created it. Gallows tree zombies possess none of their former abilities.

Gallows Tree Zombies (Ex)

Each gallows tree has several gallows tree zombies connected to it. A Huge gallows tree may have no more than 7 gallows tree zombies connected to it at one time. A Gargantuan gallows tree can have a maximum of 11 zombies connected to it at any given time. See the gallows tree zombie entry for details on that monster.

Tremorsense (Ex)

Gallows trees can automatically sense the location of anything within 60 feet that is in contact with the same vegetation the tree is touching.

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