Plant or Animal? You go ask, I'm fine standing right here.
Stemdragons are carnivorous beasts who prefer to bury their large bodies underground leaving only their flower disguised head and neck visible. To unsuspecting prey, they appear to be part of the local plant life. Wander too close and the Stemdragon emerges from the ground, snapping its powerful jaws and jagged teeth around what it hopes to be it's next meal. It is said that Stemdragons are able to absorb nutrients through their plantlike bodies while underground and that they benefit from sunlight as their skin is able to photosynthesize much like a plant would. They have 5 pairs of legs ranging from the muscular lower limbs to the more vestigial upper ones and have thorny spikes on their rump that they can pull at, causing an explosion of thorny missiles to fly into the surrounding area.
The stemdragon is a unique predator native to Nexus. This giant plant-animal hybrid utilizes its ability to masquerade as local plant life in order to ambush its prey. Keeping its massive lower body burrowed in the ground, the stemdragon erupts from the earth when prey draws near, snapping up any creature fooled by its disguise. Its heavy, rotund lower body is supported by no less than five pairs of legs, ranging from muscular hind legs to the more vestigial top limbs. It has a long skinny neck, ending in a narrow head equipped with dangerously powerful jaws and a mouth full of jagged teeth. Its rear is covered in a number of large thorny spikes, which the stemdragon can launch as a barrage of prickly missiles.
As a carnivorous plant, stemdragons are partly dependent on sunlight and absorb nutrients from the ground when burrowed. However, they prefer fresh meat and will patiently wait for a succulent morsel to stumble across its path. Although they are often found near the Whimwood forests of Galeras, they can be found in other parts of Nexus as well. Their ability to burrow rapidly into the ground allows them to conceal their large forms, as well as provide a defense mechanism on the rare occasion when they are outmatched.
SPECIAL ATTACK: Thorn grenade! When threatened, stemdragons reach behind and pull at one of the thorny spikes growing from their rump, showering the surrounding area with explosive spikes.
ARCHIVE FUN FACT! The Exile adventurers Liara, Buck, and Sarge had an up-close and personal encounter with a stemdragon on their first trip to Nexus. Needless to say, the encounter was unpleasant for all parties involved, but especially the stemdragon.
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