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Axe Beak (3pp)

This creature resembles a large ostrich with a strong, thick neck and sharpened beak. Its neck is covered in white feathers, and its body is covered in black feathers with a white underbelly and tail. Its legs are covered in yellow scales.

Axe Beak CR 2

XP 600
N Large animal
Init +3; Senses low-light vision, scent; Perception +9

DEFENSE

AC 14, touch 12, flat-footed 11 (+3 Dex, +2 natural, –1 size)
hp 22 (3d8+9)
Fort +6; Ref +6; Will +1

OFFENSE

Speed 50 ft.
Melee bite +4 (1d6+3) and 2 claws +4 (1d4+3)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 10 ft.

STATISTICS

Str 16, Dex 17, Con 16, Int 2, Wis 11, Cha 10
BAB +2; CMB +6; CMD 19
Feats Run, Skill Focus (Perception)
Skills Perception +9

ECOLOGY

Environment temperate plains
Organization solitary, pair or flock (3–6)
Treasure none (eggs are worth 50–80 gp each)

The axe beak is a prehistoric flightless, carnivorous bird that resembles a 7-foot tall ostrich. It is an aggressive hunter and has a strong, thick neck and a sharp beak. The axe beak makes a honking noise that can be heard clearly up to one-half mile away. An axe beak lair contains 1d4 eggs worth 50–80 gp each. Hatchlings fetch the same value on the market.

The axe beak attacks by kicking with its clawed feet and biting with its beak. It is a very aggressive hunter and runs down its prey should an opponent flee. If extremely hungry, an axe beak attacks until it or its prey is dead.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Axe beak from the Tome of Horrors Complete, Copyright 2011, Necromancer Games, Inc., published and distributed by Frog God Games; Author Scott Greene, based on original material by Gary Gygax.