24H THE JADE GIANT. A large green tent is erected at this site. Two men are here, one very tall and strong and the other the size of a halfling. The larger man, Sir Quercus will greet party members with a heart "Ho, ho, ho!"
Sir Quercus, "The Jade Giant", Lawful Neutral male human Fighter (AC 3; MV 12"; F8; hp 75; #AT 3/2; D Battle axe +6 to damage due to strength; S 18/00, I 14, W 13, D 14, C 18, Ch 14; SD Regeneration, immune to certain spells; XP 1800)
Sir Quercus stands eight feet tall, has green skin, and green armor. He has the habit of challenging fighters that pass by to a contest. He will always challenge the strongest looking fighter to combat. If there are no fighters in the party, he will greet adventurers but will not attack unless attacked first.
His challenge is that each will strike the other and he will allow the one he challenges to strike first, exposing his neck to be struck. Sir Quercus has the ability to regenerate identical to that of a troll. Once struck, Sir Quercus will congratulate his attacker for the powerful blow. If it was the strike of an edged weapon, his head will be hanging off to the side, but this will not kill him. He will then strike his opponent and if the blow does not kill him or her, he will apply a healing salve that will heal all but 1 hit point, leaving a rather nasty scar.
He (and his squire) are actually under a powerful curse that makes them into a kind of plant person. Because of this they cannot be affected by spells that take animals, people, or monsters, but they can be affected by spells that target plants.
The smaller man is Sir Quercus' diminutive squire.
The Verdant Varlet, Chaotic Neutral male human Fighter (AC 6; MV 12"; F3; hp 25; #AT 1; D Short sword +1 to damage due to strength; S 16, I 16, W 15, D 16, C 13, Ch 8; SD Regeneration, immune to certain spells; XP 185)
The varlet also has green skin and stands about three feet tall.. In his case it is quite obvious that his hair is actually made of leaves. He wears green leather armor and a belt holding an emerald (5000 gold crescent value). While Sir Quercus is noble, brave, and honest, the varlet is conniving, sneaky, and a dedicated liar. He favorite past time is to mock those who are afraid of accepting Sir Quercus' challenge. He has a pouch holding three doses of the magic healing salve.