Trap Tuesday (Forsaken Frontier): Banshee Reeds

banshee reedBanshee Reeds     CR 11

Type magical; Perception DC 35; Disable Device DC 35
Trigger location; Reset none
Effect delayed sonic burst (after 1 round; exhaustion; no save); delayed scorching sirocco (after 2 rounds; 18d6 fire and bludgeoning damage; DC 27 Fortitude halves); delayed disintegrating wail (after 3 rounds; 180 damage; DC 28 Fortitude negates); multiple targets (all targets in a 40-ft.-radius); special (targets with SR 29 or greater are immune)

Constant warfare has left its mark on the plains of the Disputed Territories, some areas soaked in blood so often that the local flora has been mutated into deadly hazards capable of killing men by the score. Sapahualpa reeds that grow on these crimson-painted prairies can soak up the dying energies of so many creatures that they roil with the power of death itself, transformed into dangerous banshee reeds.

Searching the location of an expended banshee reed always reveals a small piece of equipment, bone, or some other effect of a soul killed long ago. While saphualpa reeds are most commonly found in the Rungkung Jungles, their deadly counterparts have spread much further and the borders of each territory in the Forsaken Frontier are littered with banshee reeds. Perhaps the greatest threat a banshee reed poses is how innocuous it seems; the leaves of the plant makes it look very similar to regular sapahualpa reeds, and only when one is close enough to see the petals does the danger become clear.

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