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SHADOW TREE
  Shadow Trees are a very rare, and horrifying union of a humble tree, with an undead, bloodthirsty monster...
Picture of a Shadow Tree and it's Ogre ally SHADOW TREE TREE SHADOW
CLIMATE/TERRAIN: Any Any
FREQUENCY: Very Rare Very Rare
ORGANIZATION: Solitary Solitary
ACTIVITY CYCLE: Night (day) Night
DIET: Special Special
INTELLIGENCE: Very (11-12) Very (11-12)
TREASURE: X Nil
ALIGNMENT Neutral (Evil) Neutral Evil
NO. APPEARING: 1 1
ARMOUR CLASS: 1 3
MOVEMENT: Nil 12
HIT DICE: 10+20 8
THAC0: 10 11
NO. OF ATTACKS: 4 2
DAMAGE/ATTACK: 2d8+9

1d4+1
or
1d8+6

SPECIAL ATTACKS: Calling, skeletons Strength drain (shadow form only)
SPECIAL DEFENCES: Silver or +1 weapon to hit Silver or +1 weapon to hit
MAGIC RESISTANCE: Nil Nil
SIZE: G 25'+ M
MORALE: 20 (Fearless) 20 (Fearless)
XP VALUE: 10,000 2,000
 
COMBAT: The Shadow Tree cannot move, but is physically very strong and with a long reach. It can make a total of 4 attacks per round, but at most only 2 against the same man-sized creaure. It's great strength (19) lets it cause a tremendous damage. The tree is vulnerable to fire (-2 saves, +1hp/die damage), but is immune to non-magical or silver weapons.

  The tree feeds on the flesh of creaures, as well as by a certain degree of photosynthesis. It dissolves the flesh from creatures leaving skeletons, which are undead. These bury themselves near the tree and emerge at it's calling. A tree will normally have 2d10 skeletons at its bidding.

  To lure folk to it, the tree can cast a form of Suggestion that attracts folk to the area, the tree can sense sentient creatures at up to a mile, and send its calling to them. A save vs spell negates the effect but it is not an absolute compulsion, merely a strong interest to visit the spot.

  The tree is rarely active during the day, but is not harmed by daylight or spells/items that affect the undead.
COMBAT: The Tree Shadow is normally an incorporeal spirit, in most regards like a typical Shadow (damage is 1d4+1 plus drains 1 Strength point, strength is recovered in 1 hour). It loathes daylight (sunlight inflicts 1d6 hp per round to it). It can assume a corporeal form once per night for 1 hour. In this form it can tear foes limb from limb (strength 18/00), and use items that it may have gotten from previous victims. A favoured trick is to throw folk into the embrace of it's tree.

   Oddly in corporeal form, the tree shadow is colourless, appearing as it did at death, but only in shades of grey.

  Creatures killed by a Tree Shadow do not normally become undead (unless other events would make them so). Tree shadows live to kill, they do not feed on life per se.

  To kill the shadow tree BOTH creatures must die on the same night, otherwise they will re-form. Alternatively a burial ceremony of appropriate type must be done to let the Tree Shadow rest in peace in which case the tree becomes a normal tree once more, but few Tree Shadows will let this happen until they have been avenged on their slayer.
  A Shadow Tree is formed when someone dies violently nearby a tree: typically being hanged from it. The person's rage, or supernatural forces turns them into an undead shadow linked to the tree.

  There after, the Shadow Tree becomes immortal, not truly undead but linked to the Negative Material Plane. Like the spirit tied to it, it is cunning and wrathful. The tree appears almost lifeless, but it can disguise itself with an illusion to appear normal (rangers and druids have a 1% chance per level, plus 1% per point of Wisdom of spotting that something is amiss). The Tree Shadow is filled with rage for those who killed it, generally their rage is directed at the type of creature that slew them, such as "warrior" or "human". They may let others pass unhindered depending on the nature of the creature that formed the Shadow (i.e. very evil ones will hate everyone).

  The Shadow and it's tree are linked symbiotically and telepathically, and act as one. Occasionally they will work with other creaures, provided they don't remind the Tree Shadow of those that slew it.
HABITAT/SOCIETY:
Shadow Trees can be found in almost any clime. It is incredibly rare for the tree to have more than one Tree Shadow, but it's not unknown if there has been a particularly large number of executions or killings nearby.
  Once per month the tree can somehow move itself up to half a mile, using a sort of "shadow step"-like ability. This is an arduous task and not one that can be taken without several days of preparation.

ECOLOGY:
The tree still photosynthesizes somehow, plus it also consumes dead remains nearby (it can use its roots or branches to dissolve flesh slowly)
  Generally, the area round shows little sign of this activity as the tree and its shadow are not interested in harming simple lifeforms, though more malignant Shadow Trees have been known..