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Giant Stickbug

It's a hell of a thing to wander through the jungle trees of the Trail by day, knowing that, come night, some of 'em might wake up hungry.
— Ila Crass, cartographer
 

Giant Stickbug

Huge beast, unaligned
Armor Class 13 (Natural Armor)
Hit Points 59 (7d12+14)
Speed 20ft Climb: 20ft

STR

19 +4

DEX

6 -2

CON

15 +2

INT

2 -4

WIS

8 -1

CHA

7 -2

Damage Vulnerabilities Fire
Damage Resistances Bludgeoning, Piercing
Senses Passive Perception 9
Languages --
Challenge 2


False Appearance. While the giant stickbug remains motionless, it is indistinguishable from a normal tree.


Actions

Multiattack. The giant stickbug makes two stab attacks.   Stab. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 10 (1d12+4) piercing damage.   Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 16 (2d12+4) piercing damage.



Basic Information

Anatomy

While Giant stickbugs are commonly known for their tree-ish resemblance, they can vary greatly in terms of appearance and defensive adaptations. For instance, some giant stickbugs use poisonous 'pollen' to subdue their prey, while others use symbiotic relationships with fungi and moss to blend into treeless landscapes. For all their differences, most giant stickbugs are characterized by their vegetation-imitating camouflage, six limbs, a set of mandibles, and a set of compound eyes.

Dietary Needs and Habits

Giant stickbugs are carnivores who hunt human-sized (and larger) prey, though pub tales tell that they're picky eaters who prefer crunchy meals.

Additional Information

Perception and Sensory Capabilities

Giant stickbugs are typically nocturnal, despite the lack of a sun cycle in their subterranean habitat.  
I had an assistant once. Name was George something. So, George and I were out along the Trail trying to map a section of cave jungle for a mining operation. Anyways, George was new and, me trying to see what he's worth, decided that we should try to plot the whole thing in a single day. I knew it must've been getting close to night, but we were so close to finishing up. And then just as I thought to better check my pocket watch, I heard George say something behind me. He said, "Ila, I swear the trees are moving." Quite the cartographer he was, but not a runner as it turned out.
— Ila Crass, cartographer
Lifespan
Unknown
Average Height
20-30 ft.
Average Weight
350 kg
Geographic Distribution

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Cover image: A giant stickbug (or two) camouflaged in the Everunder jungle. by CHUTTERSNAP

Comments

Author's Notes

Playtest Time: 1.5 hours.


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George Sanders
23 Mar, 2021 03:52

Poor George :) I still like that Ila Crass character.

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James Slaven
23 Mar, 2021 12:33

Oh no, haha. Poor George! Thanks for checking out the article.

28 Mar, 2021 23:05

A wonderful, if horrifying, idea executed quite well. I appreciate that this article is short and straight to the point, but still has flavor in the form of just a few sentences such as the story of George and how pub-goers say the giant insects "prefer crunchy meals."

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James Slaven
3 Apr, 2021 12:57

Thanks AwsmChimera! I quite enjoyed writing it (particularly those bits of pub trivia) and my players quite enjoyed running away from them (I'm assuming). I've begun to appreciate writing shorter articles more; I think I was getting burnt out trying to make every article 2,000 words. Thanks again for checking it out and leaving some feedback!

4 Apr, 2021 16:00

Oh interesting creature to use in encounters. Nice that you added the statblock as well. The story at the end was a nice and fun addition as well :)   One question though you mention that they live underground and have tree like appearance . Does that mean that there are trees underground in your world?

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James Slaven
5 Apr, 2021 20:36

Thanks Kefkejaco! I've had a lot of fun recently coming up with unique and strange creatures to use in the d&d 5e campaign I'm running--I just used them in the last session and the players quite enjoyed them! (Hint: they're easy to run away from if you can survive the initial ambush)   Yes, they do live underground. It's a part of the Rippled Sea called the Everunder Trail (linked in the sidebar). Basically, all sorts of flora and fauna were driven underground, an environment they've since adapted to, after the spread of an invasive species of tree (another article called Everembers) followed a cataclysmic event known as the Collision, wherein 4 continental islands collided. Anyways, to get back to your question, do you think I should make that more clear?

5 Apr, 2021 22:17

Ah yes I see it now that the link explains it. :) Well it was just something I wondered because i saw that they live under the ground and made the connection with their tree like appearence. You could at a small tooltip to that link or if you want a small summary of the habitat in the sidebar but it is not really necessary.

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