As Halloween approaches, the Material Plane becomes spookier and and more dangerous.
Skeletons and undead in general, bats and vampires, all become more active during these days. But nobody mentions the true threat for the Material Plane. What I’m talking about is Pumpkin Horrors.
These plants are native to the Feywild. Technically, it’s the only place you should find them. In reality, things are a bit more complicated. You see, during Autumn they start appearing on the Material Plane. They have been found in other Planes as well, but the greatest concentration of Pumpkin Horrors can be found on the Material Plane.
Another important note is that, while in general the Horror Pumpkins are aggressive, they are much more aggressive than when they are on the Feywild. This can be also backed by the fact that they dwell even closer to civilization. On the Feywild, they prefer to stay in forested areas. On the Material Plane they can be even found on crop fields.
Finally, I have to tell you that I’m not sure which type is the worst. And yes, they come in different types. There small ones, that jump around and gang up on travellers that take a break on the roadside. These can do that because they can hide their eyes and mouths, and look exactly like normal pumpkins.
However, there also the big ones. And when I say big ones, I mean they’re like a small house. They can’t really hide in plain sight because there aren’t pumpkins of this size. That’s why they prefer staying in forests during the day and hunt animals. However, that’s not enough for them so, during the night, they try to approach areas with a small concentration of humanoids. Accompanied by other types they can be devastating, annihilating farm houses, or even small villages. Survivors of these attacks have said that they seem to like playing with their prey by swinging them around with their vines before swallowing them whole.
Every year they manage to cause chaos all over the countryside because you don’t know when or where they will appear. But the real mystery is that nobody knows how they can travel to other Planes. Wizards and druids that have studied them haven’t found any signs indicating planar travel capabilities. This has left them believe that someone or something else is responsible for this. But that only raises many questions. Who or what is doing this and why? And right when Winter comes, they just disappear. No, they don’t die. They disappear with nothing left behind, other than the chaos they have caused.
And that’s what is called the Devourer Pumpkin. I wanted to create something fun because Halloween is approaching. And even if it’s not that much of a thing here, I was thinking how I can (pumpkin) spice up my games a bit. I’m planning on running a Halloween themed one shot so I tried to mess with monster building a bit. I created a large sized pumpkin that likes to grab and eat animals and people alike.
I’d love to know what you think because I’m considering creating a couple more types of these Horror Pumpkins. And if you end up using it in your games, I’d love to know how it went.
And until next time, have fun!
P.S: I was trying to come up with a name for the pumpkin and one of the first ones was “pumpkin devourer”. However, that could be very easily misunderstood so I settled with Devourer Pumpkin which, the more I say it, the more I like it.