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Fish, Stumble Fish

This yellow fish has a pair of elongated, wing-like fins and sharp teeth.

Stumble Fish CR 1

XP 400
N Small animal (aquatic)
Init +1; Senses low-light vision; Perception +1

DEFENSE

AC 13, touch 12, flat-footed 12 (+1 Dex, +1 natural, +1 size)
hp 7 (2d8-2)
Fort +2, Ref +4, Will +1

OFFENSE

Speed swim 20 ft.
Melee 1 bite -1 (1d4-2)
Space 5 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
Special Attacks jumping overrun

STATISTICS

Str 6, Dex 12, Con 8, Int 1, Wis 12, Cha 2
Base Atk +1; CMB +1 (+3 overrun); CMD 8 (10 vs overrun)
Feats Agile Maneuvers, Improved OverrunB
Skills Acrobatics +6

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Jumping Overrun (Ex)

A stumble fish can jump out of the water to make an overrun attempt. It can jump up to 10 ft out of the water without having to make an Acrobatics check. This jump is part of an overrun attempt.

ECOLOGY

Environment temperate aquatic
Organization group (2-5) or school (7-10)
Treasure none

The stumble fish is a dangerous predator in shallow waters. Its natural aggression and bravery leads this fish to attack creatures larger than itself. Whenever a small or medium-size creature enters the water, the stumble fish swims directly toward the new target and tries to knock it over. Once its prey falls, all the stumble fish in its school swarm the creature and take bites out of it. Inhabiting the waterways of the River Nations, a stumble fish brings a high price at most markets. Its tasty meat makes it a prized fish to eat. Combined with the danger of catching such a fish, the stumble fish is quite expensive.

Schools of stumble fish tend to avoid densely populated areas and prefer waterways near farms and small villages. Difficult to domesticate, stumble fish are believed to be appeased by some farmers who throw food into nearby riverlets. The farmers hope that the local stumble fish schools will be too full to attack when the farmers need to work in or near the water. While this may indeed work, the disappearance of more than a few farmers has been blamed on schools of stumble fish swarming near the farm villages.

An adult stumble fish is over 3 ft. long and weighs about 8 pounds.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Book of Beasts: Monsters of the River Nations, copyright 2010 Jon Brazer Enterprises; Author Steven Helt.