|Alexander MacLeod RPG Superstar 2008 Top 16, 2010 Top 4|
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At first appearing to be a pile of flame-colored leaves, this thousands-strong cloud of nut brown fey takes to the air on wings of oak and maple.
Leaf-Fall Host CR 5
CN Diminutive fey (swarm)
Init +4; Senses low-light vision; Perception +12
----- Defense -----
AC 18, touch 18, flat-footed 14 (+3 Dex, +1 dodge, +4 size)
hp 52 (8d6+24)
Fort +4, Ref +9, Will +7
Defensive Abilities negative energy affinity, swarm traits; Immune weapon damage
----- Offense -----
Speed 10 ft., fly 30 ft. (good)
Melee swarm (2d6)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 0 ft.
Special Attacks distraction (DC 14), frost on the pumpkin
----- Statistics -----
Str 1, Dex 16, Con 15, Int 13, Wis 12, Cha 14
Base Atk +4; CMB —; CMD —
Feats Deceitful, Dodge, Taunt (APG), Toughness
Skills Bluff +15, Disguise +15, Fly +13, Knowledge (nature) +12, Perception +12, Sense Motive +12, Sleight of Hand +14, Stealth +15 (+19 in leafy areas), Survival +9; Racial Modifiers +4 Stealth in leafy environs
Languages Common, Sylvan
----- Ecology -----
Environment temperate forests
Organization solitary, pair, or flurry (3-5 swarms)
----- Special Abilities -----
Freeze (Ex) A leaf-fall host can hold itself so still it appears to be a pile of fallen leaves. A leaf-fall host that uses freeze can take 20 on its Stealth check to hide in plain sight as a pile of oak and maple leaves.
Frost on the Pumpkin (Su) At will, a leaf-fall host can choose to have all damage done by its swarm attack in a round be delivered as cold damage.
The embodiment of the Autumnal Equinox, the elusive fey known as leaf-fall hosts are only encountered between the end of summer and the first day of winter. Their wings look like large oak and maple leaves in colors ranging from gold to orange to crimson, with tips the same deep brown as the leaf-fall’s skin. These fey rarely wear anything more modest than an acorn cap, and while fair to look upon, their tiny teeth and claws become truly dangerous weapons when brought to bear in a swarm.
Despite appearing to be a pile of fallen leaves when at rest, those who have survived an encounter with a leaf-fall host swear they have a distinct smell cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. While these swarms can be bribed to leave crops and farm animals alone with offerings of pies, crumbles, and other sweet baked goods, they are otherwise known to be particularly tricky, even going so far as to use their Disguise skill to take on the rough appearance of a stag or traveler to lure unsuspecting folk into the misty woods.