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Rukh

This gigantic two-headed vulture has greasy, night-black wings and sharp talons.

Rukh CR 10

XP 9,600
N Gargantuan magical beast
Init +2; Senses low-light vision; Perception +32

DEFENSE

AC 23, touch 8, flat-footed 21 (+2 Dex, +15 natural, –4 size)
hp 147 (14d10+70)
Fort +14, Ref +11, Will +7

OFFENSE

Speed 40 ft., fly 80 ft. (average)
Melee 2 bites +23 (2d8+12 plus grab), 2 talons +23 (2d6+12)
Space 20 ft.; Reach 15 ft.
Special Attacks swallow whole (2d8+12 bludgeoning and 1d6 acid damage, AC 17, 14 hp)

STATISTICS

Str 34, Dex 15, Con 20, Int 2, Wis 13, Cha 11
Base Atk +14; CMB +30 (+34 grapple); CMD 42
Feats Flyby Attack, Iron Will, Skill Focus (Perception), Snatch, Weapon Focus (bite), Weapon Focus (talon), Wingover
Skills Fly –4, Perception +32; Racial Modifiers +8 Perception

Juvenile Rukh CR 3

XP 800
N Large magical beast
Init +2; Senses low-light vision; Perception +17

DEFENSE

AC 15, touch 11, flat-footed 13 (+2 Dex, +4 natural, –1 size)
hp 37 (5d10+10)
Fort +6, Ref +6, Will +2

OFFENSE

Speed 20 ft., fly 40 ft. (poor)
Melee 2 bites +7 (1d8+2), 2 talons +6 (1d6+2)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft.

STATISTICS

Str 14, Dex 15, Con 14, Int 2, Wis 13, Cha 11
Base Atk +5; CMB +8; CMD 20
Feats Flyby Attack, Snatch, Weapon Focus (bite)
Skills Fly –4, Perception +17; Racial Modifiers +8 Perception

ECOLOGY

Environment warm deserts or mountains
Organization solitary, pair, or nest (2 adults and 1d4 juveniles)
Treasure incidental

Rukhs are foul-tempered creatures related to rocs, except they resemble two-headed vultures instead of raptors. They hunt live prey and carrion, typically gliding high above the desert in search of things to eat. They avoid creatures of their size or larger, preferring easier prey—horses, camels, and humanoids for adult rukhs, or Medium and Small creatures for juveniles. They nest on mountains and in cliffside caves, as they are too large to roost in trees. Few young rukhs reach adulthood, as many tribes and caravans hunt them for meat, often using a lone, weak-looking scout to lure a hungry juvenile into striking distance for an ambush.

A typical adult rukh stands nearly 35 feet tall and has a wingspan of more than 60 feet. Most are scrawny due to hunger. Coupled with their lightweight bones for easier flying, they rarely top 800 pounds. Juvenile rukhs usually stand about 10 feet tall, with a relatively small wingspan of nearly 18 feet, and weigh about 200 pounds.

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