Originally Posted by Fax_Celestis
Now, your next challenge (if you're not too busy with the Contest): A creature that subsists on the positive emotions of others.
Dimunitive Plant (extraplanar, good, swarm)
Hit Dice: 8d8+16 (52 hp)
Speed: Fly 40 ft. (good)
Armor Class: 17 (+3 dex, +4 size), touch 17, flat-footed 14
Base Attack/Grapple: +6/-
Attack: Swarm (2d6 holy)
Full Attack: Swarm (2d6 holy)
Space/Reach: 15 ft./0 ft.
Special Attacks: Distraction, spell-like abilities
Special Qualities: Balm of the soul, empathy, immunity to weapon damage, plant traits, shades of virtue, swarm traits
Saves: Fort +8, Ref +7, Will +2
Abilities: Str 1, Dex 16, Con 14, Int 3, Wis 10, Cha 14
Skills: Listen +5, Spot +6
Feats: Ability Focus (Balm of the Soul), Lightening Reflexes
Environment: Blessed Fields of Elysium
Organization: Swarm, Flora (3-6), Garden (7-12 swarms), Field (12-20 swarms)
Challenge Rating: 5
Alignment: Always neutral good
Level Adjustment: -
Elysium orchids are a riot of color often found covering petitioners in small clumps whom have sat to relax for so long that they've become a favorite locale for the plant. They come in all shapes and colors that normal orchids do, except no material plane orchid could approach their vibrant shades and overhwelming vitality. When they wish to move on however, or are startled, they explode into perfumed cloud of petals that speed off on their own gusts of sweet warm breezes.
An elysium orchid drinks in the light of goodness as a normal plant would the sun, and roots in feelings of well being as a rich loam. Extended periods near misery or evil causes them to droop and eventually die like a plant shut up in a dark room. Thus they rarely are found outside their home plane, though occassionally seeds are given to exceptional visiters to the planes. These seeds only sprout in area filled with contentment and as such one can tell the mood of the household by the health of the plant.
Elysium orchids understand and obey basic commands given them by good-aligned folks, but can speak no language.
Elysium orchids detest negative emotion, especially that of hatred and pain. Thus they are wont to avoid combat unless another directly threatens a good-aligned being. Then, and only then, will the orchids swirl in to protect against evil.
An elysium orchid's natural attacks deal holy damage that affects those both evil and neutral aligned. Evil outsiders and undead take +2 points of damage per hit dice.
Balm of the Soul (Sp):
An elysium orchid's scent causes feelings of intense well being that acts as a *Heart's Ease spell to all non-evil creatures within 20 feet. Evil-aligned creatures must succeed on a DC 18 fortitude save or become sickened. An evil aligned creature who leaves and then returns must make a new save. Creatures with the scent ability are affected at twice this range.
* This spell is found in the Book of Exalted Deeds.
Any living creature vulnerable to the orchid's damage that begins its turn with a swarm in its square is nauseated for 1 round; a Fortitude save (DC 16) negates the effect. Evil or neutral beings attempting spellcasting or concentrating on spells within the area of an elysium orchid requires a Concentration check (DC 20 + spell level). Evil or neutral folks using skills that involve patience and concentration requires a DC 20 Concentration check.
Good-aligned beings however are heartened by the soft caress of the petals, and while within the swarm increases their effective caster level by +1. Good spells are cast at +2.
An elysium orchid can detect the surface emotions of any creature it can see within 100 feet. It can sense basic needs, drives, and emotions. Thirst, hunger, fear, fatigue, pain, rage, hatred, uncertainty, curiosity, friendliness, and many other kinds of sensations and moods can all be perceived.
Shades of Virtue (Su):
An elysium orchid lives in a realm of moral twilight, viewing their surroundings by the light of one's heart. In Good-aligned planes an elysium orchid can see normally as if the plane were lit by an overhead sun, even in the deepest night. Evil-aligned planes however are an impenetrable darkness lit only by the rare flaring candles of decency. Neutral-aligned planes, such as the Material Plane are as an eternal dusk, neither light nor dark, though shaded and lit in great conflicting patches.
A good-aligned individual illuminates an area out to 60 feet as bright as daylight to an elysium orchid, while an evil individual emits darkness in a similiar area. Exalted and vile or tainted individuals brighten and darken an area twice that of normally aligned folk. If together they produce the dusk of neutrality, though exalted beings aura overpower evil, and vile folks blacken out that of the lesser good.
This light and shadow also illuminated the orchid itself, so that in the presence of an evil individual it fades from sight even to creatures with darkvision, requiring True Seeing to be seen.
If nearby a good individual it becomes a dazzling creature of scintilating colors.
At will - *Ease Pain, Deep Slumber. Caster level 10th. Save DC's are Charisma-based.
* This spell is found in the Book of Exalted Deeds.