With all the splashing in the water, the ooze is briefly confused then it defaults to what it knows... and tries to bring down the quiescent game. Teeth and acid work their way into the Ranger's legs again. More blood darkens the water.
Due to the deepening water, slippery rocks, and dodging between allies, etc. I'm thinking the furthest forward you can get is U44. And all you need is a Fort save.
Aerik dashes forward - blasted by the screech and mired by the deep pools of water and algae-greased stones. He weaves and ducks trying to get a view of the strange fungus, finally doing so.
This is a rare and more dismaying cousin of the Shrieker. It is a Mindstab Fungus - a rather large example of one. They simultaneously strike with sonic and mental attacks that can leave opponents stunned and unable to defend themselves. Sometimes they are placed as 'watchdogs' by nefarious beings. Sometimes they form symbiotic relationships with other cavern dwellers to supply each other with food. And in the worst case - they are both. >:)
HP: Decent (until crit'd by a Paladin)
Attacks: Shriek (DC 13 Fort, 1d4 sonic) + mental blast (DC 14 Will)
Best Save: Fort
Worst Save: Reflex
The mental blast is an instantaneous attack and has to recharge before another use, the time is variable. The Shriek is a persistent effect that lasts over several rounds. However once saved against, the target gets 24 hour immunity to that particular fungus.
A mind stunned beyond comprehension is a blessing for Marcus, so he can't know...
... the feeling of something gooey cozying up to his legs.
... the sensation of something gelatinous oozing through his armor to get at his skin.
... the feeling of a thousand-thousand small bites tearing pinpricks of flesh from his calves.
... Or, most especially, the scream of his nerves as the mounting burning sensation from the acid, injected through the bites, liquifies his flesh. Yes, the sensation of being eaten alive is not a pleasant one.
Seeing below the water's surface is a difficult task given the reflected light, not to mention all the chop caused by the headlong runs of Lyrica and Aerik. But you realise something is very, very wrong when the clear pond takes on a gout of crimson from around the ranger's knees. Then the predator, an almost transparent blob of thicker looking water is revealed - its skin is not able to pass the blood into its system quickly enough to maintain its perfect camouflage. It is wrapped around Marcus's calves.
ORDER: Jak, Lyrica,Ezekiel (stun), Marcus (stun), Fungus, Aerik, Ooze