Berstuc

Although slightly stooped, this male figure is muscular and broad-shouldered. The creature’s head is lost in a riot of moss, and a thick mustache and beard reach almost to its waist.

The hulking, moss-haired berstuc looks sculpted out of a primordial forest—and it stands over 12 feet tall and weighs 800 pounds. Despite its great stature, it seems strangely gentle, with a serene, almost soothing presence. Nothing could be further from the truth; the berstuc is a murderous demon that stalks woodlands and jungles of the Material Plane.

Poisoned Fruit. Berstuc prowl forests in search of travelers to torment. A berstuc demon poses as a benevolent, or at least indifferent, wood spirit to gain the trust of mortals. It allows itself to be persuaded to help lost travelers (reluctantly) or to lead them to their destinations. Once it draws its unwitting prey deep into the woods, it strikes.

Verdant Nature. The berstuc doesn’t require food or sleep.

Berstuc

Large fiend (demon), chaotic evil

Armor Class 18 (natural armor)

Hit Points 157 (15d10 + 75)

Speed 40 ft., burrow 20 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
22 (+6) 10 (+0) 20 (+5) 12 (+1) 14 (+2) 19 (+4)

Saving Throws Str +10, Wis +6, Cha +8

Skills Deception +8, Nature +10, Stealth +4 (+8 in forest terrain), Survival +6

Damage Resistances acid, fire; bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing damage from nonmagical weapons

Damage Immunities lightning, poison

Condition Immunities poisoned

Senses darkvision 120 ft., passive Perception 12

Languages Abyssal, Common, Sylvan; telepathy 120 ft.

Challenge 11 (7,200 XP)

False Presence. The berstuc counts as a fey for purposes of spells and magical effects that detect otherworldly creatures. Beasts and plants are comfortable around the berstuc and will not attack it unless ordered to or provoked.

Magic Resistance. The berstuc has advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical effects.

Twisted Path. The berstuc leaves no path through natural terrain and can’t be tracked with skill checks or other natural means. Creatures that travel with it can’t retrace their own trails, and they become hopelessly lost after 1 hour of travel. Creatures led astray by a berstuc have disadvantage on attempts to discern their location or to navigate for 24 hours.

Actions

Multiattack. The berstuc makes three slam attacks and Absorbs once.

Slam. Melee Weapon Attack: +10 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 14 (2d8 + 5) bludgeoning damage and the target is Grappled (escape DC 16).

Absorb. The berstuc draws a Medium or smaller creature it has grappled into its body. An absorbed creature is no longer grappled but is Blinded and Restrained, has total cover from attacks and other effects from outside the berstuc, and takes 14 (2d8 + 5) piercing damage plus 27 (5d10) poison damage at the start of each of the berstuc’s turns. The berstuc can hold one absorbed creature at a time. If the berstuc takes 20 damage or more on a single turn from a creature inside it, the berstuc must succeed on a DC 17 Constitution saving throw or expel the absorbed creature, which falls Prone within 5 feet of the berstuc. If the berstuc dies, an absorbed creature is no longer restrained and can escape from the corpse by using 5 feet of movement, exiting Prone.