The tendriculos was a type of monstrous plant creature whose origins in the Realms were uncertain.[1]

Description[edit | edit source]

These creatures were mounds of vegetation, supported by various branches and vines. Their masses had a large opening that was filled with sharp branches and horns, acting sort of like teeth. On average they could rear up to a height of 15 feet (4.6 meters) and weighed around 3,500 pounds (1,600 kilograms).[1]

Abilities[edit | edit source]

The tendriculos was best known for possessing an extremely rapid regenerative ability, allowing it to quickly grow and regrow its body, with whole new leaves and vines appearing on it within just a few minutes.

Combat[edit | edit source]

The tendriculos fought by grappling creatures with its large tendril vines and then attempting to swallow them whole.[1]

Rumors & Legends[edit | edit source]

Some believed that the tendriculos was the result of mutation by foul magic, while others felt that it may have originated on another plane of existence. Some proposed that its origins may have even been a combination of both theories.[1]

Ecology[edit | edit source]

Diet[edit | edit source]

The tendriculos was a carnivorous type of plant, known to either prowl around their forest habitats or waiting in place until something passed by.[1]

Habitats[edit | edit source]

These creatures were typically found in forests of regions with a temperate climate.[1]

In interior Faerûn they could be found in the forest of Chondalwood.[2][3] In south Faerûn, they could be found in the Forest of Amtar and the southern reaches of the Lluirwood.[4] In the Unapproachable East, tendriculos could be found in the Forest of Lethyr, the Umber Marshes, and the Yuirwood.[5] In west Faerûn they grew within the ruins of Shoonach.[6]

Outside of the Prime Material plane, some could be found in the Domains of Dread, in particular the domain of Hazlik where they grew in the estate's garden alongside other monstrous plants.[7] They also grew within the 222nd layer of the Abyss.[8]

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Animals and even other plant creatures felt a sense of unease around tendriculoses and would try to avoid them, as well as any place they had been within the last twenty-four hours.[1]

Appendix[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Dungeon #88, "The Door From Everywhere"

References[edit | edit source]

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