New Monster – Discord Raven

19 October, 2009

From my old Hellenic (Ancient Greece) themed campaign:

Discord Raven

A large raven watches with dark eyes, without the normal disinterest of a bird but with active malice.  Its screech grates on your nerves.

Discord Raven                                                   CR ½ (200 XP)

NE tiny animal (augmented)
Init +4; Senses low-light vision; Perception +8
AC 18, touch 16, flat-footed 16; (+4 Dex, +2 natural, +2 size)
hp 5 (1d8+1)
Fort +5, Ref +6, Will +1
Defensive Abilities —; Immune confusion and fear
Spd 10 ft., fly 60 ft (average)
Melee claws +6 (1d4-2 + poison)
Special Attacks peck +0 (1d3-2), screech
Str 6, Dex 18, Con 12, Int 7, Wis 12, Cha 9
Base Atk +0; CMB -6; CMD 8
Feats Alertness[B], Great Fortitude, Weapon Finesse[B]
Skills Perception +8, Stealth +12 (+16 at night or in shadows)
Languages understands many
SQ sow discord
Environment any
Organization solitary, pair, or flock (8-20)
Treasure Value incidental
Poison (Ex): When they have access to the right kind of berries or herbs, the Discord Ravens crush them with their claws coating them with poison (usually fortitude save DC 13, initial damage 1 temporary Con, Secondary Damage, 1d2 temporary Con).  This save is based on the type of poisonous material the Discord Raven has access to.

Screech (Su): The sharp, high pitched screech of a Discord Raven is very painful and disturbing to hear.  Causing all opponent within 10 ft of the raven to make a Will save (DC 11) or be shaken for 1d3+1 rounds.  Once a character has saved against a Screech, she can not be affected by this attack again for 24 hours.
A Discord Raven may only Screech once per day.  The save is Constitution based.

Sow Discord (Su): The very presence of a Discord Raven disrupts negotiations and breeds ill-will, any Diplomacy check and any attempt to use a disguise or lie within 60′ of a Discord Raven suffers a -2 profane penalty (raised to -4 if ten or more ravens are present).

Skills: Discord Ravens receive a +4 racial bonus to Perception checks and a +4 racial bonus to Hide check at night or in shadows due to their dark feathers.

These Ravens have been specially bred by Eris, goddess of discord, to advance her ability to sow distrust and confusion.  Discord Ravens are larger and more intelligent then their brethren, but their eyes and voices display their malice towards the world around them.

Discord Ravens will only initiate combat against active opponents when they outnumber their opponents by at least two to one.  But they prefer to attack sleeping or otherwise defenseless targets.  Discord Ravens only use their peck attack against an opponent who is not capable of fighting back.

The Discord Raven will mass against a single opponent, trying to tear the target down with sheer numbers using their screech to unnerve and disorient their foe.  As soon as they begin losing, they will fly.

Notes: Partly inspired by the Birds of Tyaa from the Lanhkmar setting (the idea for the poisoned claws comes from there).

Not exceptionally dangerous on their own but vicious in numbers and a useful tool for villains.

One comment

  1. Superb! Great imagery. Thanks for sharing.

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