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Stymphalian Bird (Bronze Beak)

This creature looks like a large crane with an unusually long beak and long, swift legs that end in razor-sharp talons. Its beak and claws are bronze-colored and its feathers are dark, changing to bronze near the tips.

Stymphalian Bird CR 4

XP 1,200
N Medium magical beast
Init +2; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision; Perception +6

DEFENSE

AC 16, touch 12, flat-footed 14 (+2 Dex, +4 natural)
hp 26 (4d10+4)
Fort +5, Ref +6, Will +2

OFFENSE

Speed 40 ft., fly 70 ft. (average)
Melee 2 claws +6 (1d6+2, 19-20), bite +6 (1d8+2, 19-20)
Ranged 4 feathers +7 (1d4+2, 19-20)
Special Attacks feathers

TACTICS

Stymphalian birds are particularly fond of the flesh of humans and elves, and always attack them on sight.

A stymphalian bird attacks from the air by releasing a volley of bronze feathers at its opponents. It then swoops down and attacks with its beak and wings, flying out of range before its opponents can react. On the ground, a stymphalian bird slashes with its wings and stabs with its beak.

STATISTICS

Str 14, Dex 14, Con 12, Int 6, Wis 12, Cha 2
Base Atk +4; CMB +6; CMD 18
Feats Flyby Attack, Improved Critical (bite)B, Improved Critical (claw)B, Improved Critical (feather)B, Weapon Focus (feathers)
Skills Fly +7, Perception +6

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Feathers (Ex)

A stymphalian bird can loose a volley of four feathers as a standard action when flying (make an attack roll for each feather). This attack has a range of 60 feet with no range increment. All targets must be within 30 feet of each other. The creature can launch only twelve feathers (3 volleys) in a single day. The stymphalian bird may use this ability in conjunction with its Flyby Attack feat.

ECOLOGY

Environment temperate forests and hills
Organization solitary or flock (2-5)
Treasure none

Stymphalian birds are crane-like predators found in dense forests and lowland hills. They are voracious creatures that sustain themselves on a diet of livestock, cattle, and the like. A stymphalian bird has an ibis-like body. Unlike an ibis, however, the stymphalian bird’s beak is long and straight rather than curved. Its feathers, talons, and beak are made of bronze.

A typical stymphalian bird stands 7 feet tall and weighs 450 pounds.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Stymphalian Bird from the Tome of Horrors Complete, Copyright 2011, Necromancer Games, Inc., published and distributed by Frog God Games; Author Scott Greene.