Arecales is the soul of an ancient lich, reborn and diminish into an Awakened Shrub (small plant, unaligned) as divine punishment for blasphemous hubris. Arecales seeks a means to undo the curse, though reversing the wrath of the gods is no easy feat.

An “out of the box” idea is to ally with an individual who possesses the potential to become an archimage and freed via wish. Yet there in lies the danger of becoming enslaved, or worst, to someone with unscrupulous designs. For this plan, Arecales patiently monitors the closest backwater villages for someone to nurture into a hero, and more importantly, set into motion pathways to freedom.

Arecales serves as an excellent sidekick to fill the mentorship role. It can be higher level than the apprentice, and provide the source for learnt spells. While an invaluable ally, Arecales avoids winning the PC’s battles for them, as doing so limits growth and potential. If an apprentice were to die, a more worthy candidate should be found. Eventually the PC will surpass the mentor, bring Arecales’ end goal into closer reach.

Armor Class 9
Hit Points 10 (3d6)
Speed 20 ft.

3 (-4) 8 (-1) 11 (+0) 10 (+0) 10 (+0) 6 (-2)

Skills Arcana +2, History +2
Damage Vulnerabilities fire
Damage Resistances piercing
Senses passive Perception 10
Languages Common

False Appearance. While the shrub remains motionless, it is indistinguishable from a normal shrub.


Rake. Melee Weapon Attack: +1 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 1 (1d4 – 1) slashing damage.

Level Class Bonus Features
1 Spellcaster +2 Bonus Proficiencies (Intelligence; Arcana, History)
2 Spellcaster +2
3 Spellcaster +2
4 Spellcaster +2 Ability Score Improvement: +2 Intelligence
5 Spellcaster +3
6 Spellcaster +3 Potent Cantrips
7 Spellcaster +3
8 Spellcaster +3 Ability Score Improvement: +2 Intelligence
9 Spellcaster +4
10 Spellcaster +4
11 Spellcaster +4
12 Spellcaster +4 Ability Score Improvement: +2 Intelligence
13 Spellcaster +5
14 Spellcaster +5 Empowered Spells
15 Spellcaster +5
16 Spellcaster +5 Ability Score Improvement: +2 Intelligence
17 Spellcaster +6
18 Spellcaster +6 Ability Score Improvement: +2 Intelligence
19 Spellcaster +6
20 Spellcaster +6 Focused Casting
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