Saturday, January 05, 2008


Pryads are the larger, evil cousins of dryads who live in petrified woods.

Alignment: Usually chaotic evil
Size/Type: Medium Fey
Environment: Temperate forests (petrified)
Organization: Solitary or drove (4-7)
Challenge Rating: 4
Initiative: +4

Armor Class: 17 (+4 Dex, +3 natural), touch 14, flat-footed 13
Hit Dice: 6d6+1 (24 hp)
Saves: Fort +5, Ref +8, Will +6

Speed: 30 ft. (6 squares)
Attack: Dagger +8 melee (1d4+1/19-20) or masterwork longbow +7 ranged (1d8/×3)
Full Attack: Dagger +8 melee (1d4+1/19-20) or masterwork longbow +7 ranged (1d8/×3)
Space/Reach: 5 ft./5 ft.
Base Attack/Grapple: +3/+3

Special Attacks: Spell-like abilities
Special Qualities: Damage reduction 5/cold iron, petrified tree dependent, wild empathy
Feats: Great Fortitude, Weapon Finesse

Abilities: Str 12, Dex 19, Con 13, Int 14, Wis 15, Cha 18
Skills: Escape Artist +11, Handle Animal +11, Hide +11, Knowledge (nature) +11, Listen +9,
Move Silently +11, Ride +8, Spot +9, Survival +9, Use Rope +4 (+6 with bindings)

Treasure: Standard
Advancement: By character class
Level Adjustment: —

A pryad's delicate features are much like a dark elf's, though her flesh is like petrified bark, and her hair is like an amalgam of rocks that match the tones of the petrified wood from whence it comes.

Although they are generally solitary, up to eleven pryads have been encountered in one place on rare occasions.

Pryads speak Common, Elven, and Terran.


Shy, intelligent, and resolute, pryads are as elusive as they are alluring—they avoid physical combat and are rarely seen unless they wish to be. If threatened, or in need of an ally, a pryad uses charm person or suggestion, attempting to gain control of the attacker(s) who could help the most against the rest. Any attack on her tree, however, provokes the pryad into a frenzied defense.

Spell-Like Abilities

At will— stone tell, stone shape; 3/day— charm person (DC 13), deep slumber (DC 15), rock stride; 1/day—suggestion (DC 15). Caster level 6th. The save DCs are Wisdom-based.

Petrified Tree Dependent (Su): Each pryad is mystically bound to a single, petrified tree and must never stray more than 300 yards from it. Any who do become ill and die within 4d6 hours. A pryad's petrified tree does not radiate magic.

Wild Empathy (Ex): This power works like the druid's wild empathy class feature, except that the pryad has a +6 racial bonus on the check.

Meld Into Stone (Sp): A pryad can meld into stone with its home tree for free and can meld into other stone 3 times/day.

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