New Monster – Diamond Eagle

8 October, 2010

Streaking from the sky is a pure white hawk, almost a blur as it strikes it prey.  With a triumphant screech it climbs back into the sky, its meal held in its claws.  When the sunlight strike it, it flashes and glints like a piece of cut crystal.

Diamond Eagle CR 7 (3,200 XP)
N small magical beast (air)
Init +9; Senses Lowlight Vision, Perception +16
AC 23 (+1 Size, +4 Dex, +7 natural, +1 dodge)
hp 9d10+18 (56 hp)
Fort +8, Ref +11, Will +7
Defensive Abilities Dazzling feathers, evasion, protection from arrows, resistance to cold 10 and lightning 15, SR 16 Immune air, gases
Spd 15 ft, fly 100 ft (good)
Melee 2 Talons +14 melee (1d4+1/19-20 + 1d6 electrical) and Bite +9 (1d4 + 1d8 electrical)
Missile Gaze +14 ranged touch (4d8 electrical)
Special Attacks diving attack
Str 12, Dex 21, Con 14, Int 7, Wis 14, Cha 15
Base Atk +9; CMB +9; CMD 24
Feats dodge, improved initiative, improved iron will, iron will, weapon finesse
Skills Fly +11, Perception +16, Stealth +11; Racial Modifier +8 Perception
Languages understands common, fey and the elemental language of air
SQ diamond plumage
Environment the highest peaks
Organization single, pair
Treasure Value incidental
Dazzling Feathers (Su): In any light at all, the diamond eagle’s feather glimmer and shimmer, throwing off rainbow patterns of light.  This makes the diamond eagle difficult to look at and to recognize its true position, this gives all attack by sighted creatures a 20% miss chance against the diamond eagle increasing to 50% in full, direct sunlight.

Diamond Plumage (Ex): The feathers of a diamond eagle are valuable in their own right, worth 2d4x100 gold, degraded by the damage inflicted upon the noble creature.  These feathers may be substituted for diamonds as material components.

Diving Attack (Ex): a diamond eagle may plunge down upon its prey from a great height, if it flies down more than 50′ it may make a charge attack with its talons only at +4 attack (including the charge bonus) and causing 3d4+3/19-20 + 1d6 electrical damage with each talon.

Evasion (Ex): If a diamond eagle makes successful Reflex saving throw against an attack that normally deals half damage on a successful save, it instead takes no damage. A helpless diamond eagle does not gain the benefit of evasion.

Lightning Gaze (Su): With a glance, the diamond eagle may launch a bolt of lightning up to 760′ with no range penalties.  The lightning does 4d8 electrical damage.

Protection from Arrows (Su): The diamond eagle is guarded by the air itself, it is guarded by a protection from arrows spell as if cast by a sorcerer of a level equals to its HD at all times.  This protection renews every dawn and dusk.

Spell-like abilities: The diamond eagle can uses the following abilities: At will– Gust of Wind; Once a day– Control Winds.  Cast at 9th level, the saves are Charisma based.

What you may know about the Diamond Eagle:
Knowledge (Arcane or Nature) DC 20. These beautiful creatures are linked to the elemental plane of air in some mysterious way.

Knowledge (Arcane or Nature) 27.  Not only riding the wind, these eagles can control the winds and strike with lightning from their very gaze.

Druids receive a +2 bonus on this knowledge check.

Before Combat: Diamond Eagles try to avoid combat, potential threats they will watch relying on their speed and ability to keep their distance.

During Combat: They prefer not to fight creatures larger than themselves, against such large attackers they will use their lightning gaze to drive the attackers away.  Only resorting to close combat to defend their mates and their nests.

Morale: Any serious damage will cause them to break off combat.  The only time they will fight to the death is in defense of the nest and their mate.

Notes: The greatest of the four jeweled birds (the others being the Emerald Owl, Ruby Hawk and  Sapphire Falcon) each aligned to a different element.

This creature (and the other jeweled birds) were originally created to be part of an Arabian Night-inspired set of quest adventures for my short lived Al-Qadim campaign back in 2nd edition.

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