Thieves & Kings
Small Fey, Neutral Evil
Armor Class : 15 (Rosewood Armor)
Hit Points : 13 (3d6+3)
Speed : 20’
STR 13 (+1), DEX 17 (+3), CON 12 (+1), INT 13 (+1), WIS 14 (+2), CHR 17 (+3).
Skills : Athletics (+3), Nature (+4), Stealth (+5).
Senses : Darkvision 30’, Passive Perception 12
Languages : Common, Elven, Sylvan.
Challenge : 1/2 (100 XP).
Rosewood Armor : Grappling a Roseblood Sprite deals the attacker an immediate (d4) piercing damage.
Woodland Stride : Roseblood Sprites ignore woodland difficult terrain when they move, such as thick woods or thorny bushes.
Thorn Bracer : Melee Weapon Attack : +3 to hit, reach 5’, one target.
Hit : 3 (d4+1) piercing damage.
Thorn Bow : Ranged Weapon Attack : +5 to hit, range 50’/200’, one target.
Hit : 6 (d6+3) piercing damage, plus (d6) poison damage.
Rose Form : As an action, a Roseblood Sprite can shapechange into the form of a small-sized rose bush. While in this form, the Roseblood Sprite is immobile, but it can perceive its surroundings as normal. It can take no other actions than to revert to Sprite form. Any damage dealt to the bush is applied to the Roseblood Sprite while in this form, but is immobile, assumed to have AC 6, is immune to Criticals and Sneak Attack damage, and is always hit by a Dexterity save attack. This ability form can be maintained indefinitely.
Equipment : Thorn Bracer, Thorn Bow with 20 Thorns, Rosewood Armor.
“Standing just over three feet tall, this small humanoid creature has pale, ivory skin, long spindly fingers, and tall pointed ears. Wrapped in what appears to be thorny vines, the lithe fey has a shock of blond red hair bound behind her head. She stares out with equally red eyes with a look of cruelty and malice.”
Known for their cruelty and disdain for humanoid creatures, Roseblood Sprites are the physical embodiment of nature’s uncaring and vengeful aspects. Roseblood Sprites act out against those who would despoil nature’s beauty, often with excessive force. All too often, even the presence of such an outsider is enough to provoke their ire, be it human, orc or even elf (although they seem to forgive the presence of their fey-allied gnomes). It should be noted, that most Roseblood Sprites consider human flesh to be a delicacy.
The origins of the Roseblood Sprites are lost to time, but their legends hold that they were formed from the petals of the world’s first rose, whose wicked thorns protected its beauty. The legends go on to say that these first Roseblood Sprites were all crowned king by the Fey Courts, and taught the secrets of awakening more of their kin. Whether or not this limits the number of Roseblood Kings is not known, but sages speculate that when one dies, another is crowned.
Roseblood Sprites organize themselves into courtly strata, with “dukes”, “barons” and “earls” all vying for their own king’s attentions. These lesser titles seem to matter little to the king, but individual sprites often attack those who misuse or disregard their rank. Small nomadic hunting packs (2-5) are known as “Bushels”, while larger groups under a noble are known as “Courts”.
Roseblood Sprites reproduce through an odd ritual involving their king, a secret held by them in trust from the first Mother Rose. It involves a pair of Roseblood Sprites, male and female, assuming their bush form side by side for one full year. At the end of this time, a thrid Tiny rose bush grows up between them. This bush is then tended by both parents and king for another year, after which time it achieves maturity and is transformed by the king into an adult Roseblood Sprite. This last step involves the ancient Ritual of Awakening known only to the Kings, involving ancient rites and words that empower the flowering bush.
Although rare, a large group of Roseblood Sprites is often led by a Roseblood King. The king makes all the major decisions for the group and is rarely encountered without an entourage of at least two Roseblood Sprites. The Roseblood King is said to have numerous extra powers over poisons and thorns. Finally, the Roseblood King alone can create new Sprites from living rose bushes. He can only do this with a fully grown rose bush he has tended since its planting, and involves a secret ritual ceremony.
There are, at present, rumored to be two Roseblood Kings, one in the heavily Roseblood Sprite populated Bloodthorn Vale, and another in the Fangwood of the southern wastes of Sithia, east of The Shatter. This latter realm is known to be corrupted and its various courts held under the sway of the blighted wood nymphs of that region.