Today I’m continuing my quest to add killer undead to the options already available in the fifth edition Monster Manual for my world of Enora. Today we enter the world of undead plants! (You read that right). You might say, “Whoa, James. Plants that are evil and dead? C’mon.” To that I’d say, “Of course, dear reader. Haven’t you ever seen Evil Dead? The most terrifying scene involves trees (that are presumably both evil and dead).”

It is with great pleasure that I now show off vampiric vines.

Vampiric Vine

Vampiric vines are sentient clusters of black thorned vines that thirst for the blood of the living. When a plant dies as the result of necrotic magic and its seeds are scatter on desecrated ground, these vines grow forth and eventually uproot themselves and crawl out into the night in search of a drink.

Nocturnal Hunters. During the day, a tangle of vampiric vines stays in the desecrated dirt from which it sprung forth. At night, the undead plant crawls forth, looking for unsuspecting creatures and an easy meal before returning home. The vines leave the bodies of their drained victims behind, sometimes causing panic that a den of vampires is nearby, attacking the land at night.

Hidden in Plain Sight. Vampiric vines appear to be normal dead brush when at rest. If a victim wanders into a lair, the vine waits until it is within striking distance and then pounces.

Save Snacks for Later. Vampiric vines are surprisingly strong, and will sometimes drain enough blood from a victim to drop it unconscious and then drag the prey back to its lair for more feeding later. Sometimes vampiric vines will feed off a victim for days before drinking enough blood to kill it.

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Vampiric Vines

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  1. chrissniezak says:

    Flesh Eating Tree
    These semi-sentient trees desire one thing since the blackening of the sky and the necrotic energy that changed to the world they’re a part of, flesh of the living. These black barked and leafless trees don’t look much different from their dead petrified counter parts. This is unfortunate since they just sit and wait for living creatures to pass by to grab and devour them.

    The Patient Killer. These trees can survive for months between meals, storing the food they acquire in their hollowed out trunks where they digest their meals over that time.

    Hidden in Plain Sight. Flesh Eating Trees appear to be normal dead trees when at rest. If a meal wanders near it, the tree waits until it is within striking distance and then strikes. It grabs the food with their now flexible branches and drop it into its maw which is on top of the thickest part of the trunk. The maw then crushes its meal to death, drawing it into it’s hollow trunk.

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