Sand Cactus
Hazard
Level 6 Obstacle
XP 250

The sand cactus is a passive predatory plant. Thankfully rare, a sand cactus lives just beneath the surface of the sandy wastes.

Hazard: A sand cactus lurks below the surface, only exposing a few dozen barbed needles that surround the mawlike orifice through which it feeds. The color of these needles matches the sand in which the cactus is buried, which makes the needles exceptionally difficult to spot. A single sand cactus can spread its needles out to affect a 4-square-by-4-square area. Ongoing damage is cumulative for a creature that has been stuck by multiple needles.Perception     DC 26: The character notices the sand cactus’s needles sticking above the surface of the sand.Nature     DC 18: The character identifies the plant as a sand cactus.TriggerThe sand cactus attacks when a creature enters or begins its turn in a square that contains the sand cactus’s needles.AttackOpportunity Action      Melee
Target: One creatureAttack: +9 vs. ReflexHit: 1d10 damage, and the target is restrained and takes ongoing 5 damage (until escape).Miss: Half damage.Countermeasures     Acrobatics DC 17 or Athletics DC 17: Restrained characters can use a successful escape action check to free themselves. A successful check results in an extra 1d10 damage.
     A character can attack an uncovered sand cactus only (AC 14, Fortitude 12, Reflex 14; hp 51). A sand cactus is buried 5 feet below the sand’s surface.

Published in Dragon Magazine 364, page(s) 67.