Liana

Chris Van Deelen

No. Enc: 2d10
Alignment: Neutral
Movement: N/A
AC: 6
HD: 4
Attacks: 1 Tentacle
Damage: 2d6
Save: L4
Morale: 11
Hoard Class: I, II, V, VIII, IX

This dangerous carnivorous plant was first discovered in and the surrounding lands of Moscow, Russia. Most plant-life that survived the final wars was mutated, but few of the species ever became openly dangerous. It is said that these mutants originated in the great Library of Moscow, but no one has ever been able to substantiate this claim. As with many of the mutant species that inhabit the ruins, it has gained a foothold and managed to spread across Europe in the decades following the final wars.

The creature’s original species remains a mystery to most, but a few of the wasteland scholars believe that it was originally either mutated Mo rning Glories or Nepenthes carnivorous plant . These same scholars speculate that it was created as a terror weapon that could easily be spread across enemy territory and that somehow it was either used on Russia, or was released when the facility containing the mutant was destroyed.

No matter the originating species, or how it came to be, this creature no longer resembles either species. When discovered, it is a lump of greyish matter that looks sickly. It can be found anywhere, growing on the floor, walls, ceilings; it does not matter, although it is most commonly found growing from the ceiling of ruins.

This mass is usually about three feet in diameter and has a single 15-30 foot long tentacle that hangs loosely (when the creature is found on the ceilings) or is coiled up like a serpent, ready to strike. The tentacle ends in a sharp spear-like tip that is typically bright red and it can open to spew a cloud of pollen at a target.

The creature will wait until any potential target is within 10 feet before it strikes, no matter the length of the tentacle itself. When it strikes, the tentacle will first whip out like a striking cobra and hit the target. If the strike is successful, the tip will open upon impact and release a cloud of pollen. This pollen is toxic and is a class 9 poison. This cloud covers a radius of 10 feet. If the strike misses, it will continue to attempt to hit the target until successful. A missed strike will never release the pollen.

Anyone who succumbs to the pollen will drop to the ground near the plant. At this point the tentacle will then burrow into the body, causing an additional 1d6 points of damage on the first round. While the victim is unconscious, the plant will then drain it of all bodily fluids, at the rate of 2d6 points of damage and 1d4 points of Constitution damage a round. If either hit-points or Constitution score drop to or below zero, the victim dies. It should be noted that if the creature has sustained any damage before feeding, any hit-points drained from the victim will be used to heal the damage. Unlike