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Avian Creature (CR +1)


Sleek and slight, avian creatures live to fly. Feathers cover their forms, and each kind has its own coloration. Whether raven-black or peacock-plumed, avian creatures are masters of the open air.

Creating an Avian Creature

Avian” is an inherited template that can be added to any living, corporeal creature except an ooze. The creature (referred to hereafter as the base creature) must be able to breathe air. An avian creature uses all the base creature’s statistics and special abilities except as noted here.

Challenge Rating: Same as the base creature +1.

Armor Class: Natural armor class is reduced by –2 (minimum +0).

Speed: The avian creature retains the base creature’s speeds and gains a fly speed equal to the base creature’s highest speed, with average maneuverability. If the base creature already has a fly speed, it increases to match its highest speed. The avian creature’s maneuverability remains the same as the base creature’s or increases to average, whichever is better.

Abilities: Dex +4, Con –2 (minimum 1).

Skills: Because of its excellent vision, an avian creature has a +10 racial bonus on Perception checks.

Languages: If the avian creature can speak, it gains the ability to speak Auran, in addition to any other languages the base creature knows.

Special Qualities: An avian creature retains all the base creature’s special qualities and gains the one described here.

Avian (Ex)

An avian creature’s body is covered in feathers, and it has two large wings that grant it the ability to fly. An avian creature’s weight is 20% less than the base creature’s because of its lightweight body structure.

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