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Pseudosphinx

This small creature has the body of a housecat, the wings of a falcon, and the head of a monkey.

Pseudosphinx CR 2

XP 600
N Tiny magical beast
Init +2; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision; Perception +11

DEFENSE

AC 15, touch 14, flat-footed 13 (+2 Dex, +1 natural, +2 size)
hp 16 (3d10)
Fort +3, Ref +5, Will +6; DR 5/magic; SR 13

OFFENSE

Speed 20 ft., fly 30 ft. (average)
Melee bite +2 (1d3–3), 2 claws +2 (1d2–3)
Space 2-1/2 ft.; Reach 0 ft.
Special Attacks aided insight
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 5th; concentration +6)

Constantcomprehend languages
At willdetect magic, detect secret doors
3/dayburning hands, cause fear, identify, vanish

STATISTICS

Str 5, Dex 14, Con 11, Int 9, Wis 16, Cha 12
Base Atk +3; CMB +3; CMD 10
Feats Alertness, Iron Will
Skills Fly +6, Perception +11, Sense Motive +5
Languages Common, Sphinx

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Aided Insight (Su)

Once per day, a pseudosphinx can tap into the wisdom of its ancestors to answer a question for another creature. To do so, the pseudosphinx attempts a Wisdom check, gaining a bonus on the check equal to the querent’s level and treating the result of the check as the result of an appropriate Knowledge check. The pseudosphinx must be touching the querent to use this ability.


ECOLOGY

Environment warm deserts
Organization solitary
Treasure standard

Pseudosphinxes are cat-sized, fairy-like creatures thought to be distant cousins to the larger and better-known true sphinxes. They most resemble gynosphinxes, though the pseudosphinxes’ monkey-like heads and tiny bodies ensure that the two species are never confused for each other. A typical pseudosphinx is 2 feet long and weighs 10 pounds.

Pseudosphinxes are rarely found in groups, and scholars are unsure whether to attribute their cryptic origins to elusive demeanors or amnesic memories. Whether they’re the misbegotten progeny of generations of lesser sphinxes or the result of some magical experiment in the same deserts where sphinxes are found, none can say.

A pseudosphinx can serve as the familiar for a 7th-level spellcaster with the Improved Familiar feat.

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