Campaign of the Month: June 2012
This small bonsai tree is the ward of the fukujin kami Akumi, who has grown and tended the tree over many centuries. The tree is nonmagical, but it is a magnificent representation of the art of the bonsai master. Although battered and withered when found, it can soon be brought back to strength with proper care and nurture. A DC 15 Knowledge (nature) check is required to correctly tend the bonsai each month. Only one character can make the required Knowledge (nature) check and only one check is made each month. If correctly tended and watered for a period of 3 months, Akumi’s bonsai is rejuvenated.
Kumori recovered Akumi’s bonsai from the House of Withered Blossoms, returning it to the kami. Akumi allowed Kumori to take the bonsai with him, and as long as he tends the tree and keeps it in good health, Akumi agrees to be at Kumori’s service once per day. Akumi merges with his ward, and thereafter Kumori can call upon the kami to manifest once per day. The kami is not interested in engaging in combat, but he will use his abilities to aid Kumori and his allies as best as he is able. In addition, while Akumi is merged with the bonsai, anyone sleeping within 15 feet of the bonsai heals 2 hit points per character level with a full night’s sleep.
On a failed knowledge (nature) check to tend the tree, the bonsai loses its enhanced healing property until a successful check is made. If a second check is failed, Akumi no longer manifests when called. A third failed check results in Akumi leaving the PCs, and taking the bonsai with him. These effects are cumulative.
Akumi’s bonsai weighs 5 pounds.