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Tengu Bard (CR 5)

Tengu Bard CR 5

XP 1,600
Female tengu bard 6
CE Medium humanoid (tengu)
Init +2; Senses low-light vision; Perception +9

DEFENSE

AC 16, touch 13, flat-footed 14 (+3 armor, +1 deflection, +2 Dex)
hp 30 (6d8)
Fort +2, Ref +7, Will +6; +4 vs. bardic performance, language-dependent, and sonic

OFFENSE

Speed 30 ft.
Melee kukri +3 (1d4-1/18–20), bite +3 (1d3–1)
Ranged +1 pepperbox pistol +7 (1d8+1/x4)
Special Attacks bardic performance 17 rounds/day (countersong, distraction, fascinate [DC 16], inspire competence +2, inspire courage +2, suggestion [DC 16])
Bard Spells Known (CL 6th; concentration +9)

2nd (4/day)alter self, babble (DC 16), cacophonous call (DC 16), minor image (DC 16)
1st (5/day)—chord of shards (DC 14), disguise self, silent image (DC 15), ventriloquism (DC 15)
0 (at will)detect magic, flare (DC 13), ghost sound (DC 14), message, prestidigitation (DC 13), read magic

TACTICS

Before Combat A tengu bard casts babble to debilitate the most imposing warrior facing her, then attempts to fascinate someone with her bardic performance so she can use suggestion to turn them into a temporary ally. Thereafter, she uses her wand of summon swarm to harass enemy spellcasters, then casts cacophonous call or initiates a bardic performance to inspire courage and generate a chord of shards before closing with her kukri.

Morale If reduced to less than 10 hp, a tengu bard reads her scroll of invisibility and seeks to escape.

STATISTICS

Str 8, Dex 15, Con 10, Int 14, Wis 12, Cha 16
Base Atk +4; CMB +3; CMD 16
Feats Deadly Aim, Spell Focus (enchantment), Spell Focus (illusion)
Skills Acrobatics +11, Appraise +11, Bluff +12, Climb +5, Diplomacy +12, Linguistics +6, Perception +9, Perform (oratory) +12, Perform (sing) +9, Sense Motive +7, Spellcraft +11, Stealth +4, Use Magic Device +12; Racial Modifiers +4 Linguistics, +2 Perception, +2 Stealth
Languages Common, Gnoll, Tengu
SQ bardic knowledge +3, gifted linguist, lore master 1/day, versatile performance (oratory, sing)
Combat Gear alchemist’s fire (2), scrolls of cure moderate wounds (2), scroll of invisibility, smokesticks (2), tanglefoot bags (2), wand of summon swarm (18 charges); Other Gear masterwork omniweave armor, kukri, +1 pepperbox pistol with 24 metal cartridges, antitoxin (2), ring of protection +1, spyglass, two amethysts and three sapphires (each worth 100 gp), 24 gp.

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