Copacati, the lake Goddess. Her worship was centred on Tiahuanaco, near Lake
Titicaca. She is often represented by images of serpents or snakes and
legend says she sunk a whole town into the waters of the great lake.
When treants go bad, they go bad, the rot sinks in deep, and the tree best burned down and the
embers doused with holy water for good measure. It’s been a while since I
covered the gnarlwood, treants sprouded in cursed earth, but lightning treants
touch on the same theme with a very different approach. One might even call
them… electricfying. Despite their charred, dead exterior, with moss hanging
down and no leaves to be seen, lightning treants are very much alive, and
possibly a spark flickers in the hollow pits that were once eyes, gazing out at
the world with a violent hate. In addition to the devastating blows all treants
can deal out, lightning treants wield the electric power that gives them their
name like angry thunder gods, limning opponents in flickering flames like St.
Elmo’s fire and hurling bursts of lightning at clusters of opponents,
thundering and raging until their opponents are dead and their blood waters the
As the Godswar swept
across the world of Yerflun, terrible storms erupted, especially in those
places where Orarae the Storm-Singer joined the fray. These storms left behind
devastation with no concern for race, creed, or piety, and the wracking
lightning Orarae hurled at the world warped and burned the trees of the evergreen
forests at Zodione. In their wake, the burned out husks of trees were twisted
into something akin to stone, with the battered, barely alive forms of treants
hulking through, trickles of electricity dancing through their branches. Even
today, with new growth cloaking the stony titans around them, several of these
lightning-obsessed horrors remain, and their vengeance upon anyone daring to raise
a sign or song to the Storm-Singer within their woods is grisly.
Unlike most of his
kind, the treant Relmorund always had a love for the sky, often spending
clear nights gazing up at the stars or standing out in the rain, arms stretched
wide to glory in the feeling of the wind kissing his bark. Relmorund still
gazes up at the stars, but those few who see him do it say the hateful horror
seems more to be listening to them, crooning a strange song. Anyone he manages
to capture alive is chained up and tormented with the electrical energies he
wields, and his strange song unnerves any of Wruznik witchwyrds who hear of it.
If pressed, they mention only of the Broken Star, and the normally inscrutably
merchants have posted a bounty to cut the corrupted treant down and burn his
ashes with holy fire.
A horrific mockery of
nature, the siabrae known as the Rejection of Mortality is an abhorrent
monstrosity compared to her former existence and has little concern at creating
more of the same. Having clawed out a place in the blighted scar of the Great
Woods. To assist her in her war against the forest dwarves and rougarou attempting
to reclaim the Great Blight, she has awakened a mighty oak, scarred with
lightning and fire. Rather than needing to enslave the newly awakened treant’s
will as she feared, the siabrae found to her delight that the creature
possessed a keen hunger to slay the mortal intruders and its own terrible power
drawn from the warped and twisted woodland around them (green blighter
template, Advanced Bestiary 166-167).
Now known as simply as Blightscar, the dark treant has taken to wearing a belt
of skulls collecting from its kills as a grisly trophy.
What's with the templating on Nissa's Defeat? Couldn't it have been written as "Destroy target non-creature green permanent or forest" or something? Was the fringe case of hitting green artifacts worth the templating confusion?
We wanted to say the word “planeswalker” for flavor reasons.