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New Monster – Emerald Owl

18 October, 2010

A first it seemed just a patch of shadows, but then it launched itself into flight.  An owl of the darkest green.  Its eyes flash like gems and seems to know exactly what you are thinking.

Emerald Owl                                                CR 6 (2,400 XP)
N small magical beast (earth)
Init +7; Senses Darkvision, Lowlight Vision, Perception +13
DEFENSE
AC 23 (+1 Size, +3 Dex, +8 natural, +1 dodge)
hp 8d10+32 (76 hp)
Fort +10, Ref +10, Will +6
Defensive Abilities resistance to acid 15, resistance to cold, fire and lightning 10, stoneskin, SR 16 Immune earth
OFFENSE
Spd 15 ft, fly 60 ft (good)
Melee 2 Talons +11 melee (1d6+2/19-20) and Bite +6 (1d8+1)
Missile Entangling Gaze +11 ranged touch (2d8 crushing + entangled)
Special Attacks diving attack, sneak attack +2d6
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 8th)
At will– soften earth and stone (DC 14); Once a day– spike stones (DC 16), stone shape
STATISTICS
Str 15, Dex 17, Con 18, Int 7, Wis 14, Cha 15
Base Atk +8; CMB +9; CMD 22
Feats dodge, improved initiative, iron will, weapon finesse
Skills Fly +9, Perception +13, Stealth +14; Racial Modifier +6 Perception, +4 Stealth
Languages understands common, fey and the elemental language of earth
SQ emerald plumage
Environment the deepest forests
Organization single, pair
Treasure Value incidental
SPECIAL ABILITIES
Diving Attack (Ex) an emerald owl may plunge down upon its prey from a great height, if it flies down more than 30′ it may make a charge attack with its talons only at +4 attack (including the charge bonus) and causing 3d6+6/19-20 with each talon.

Emerald Plumage (Ex): The feathers of a emerald owl are valuable in their own right, worth 2d4x75 gold, degraded by the damage inflicted upon the noble creature.  These feathers may be substituted for emeralds as material components.

Gaze of Earth Binding (Su): With a glance, the sapphire falcon may cause the earth and plants to grown up around any target touching earth, stone or wood at up to 180′ with no range penalties.  The earthen binding does 2d8 crushing damage and is entangled (DC 17, 8 hp) for 1d4+1 rounds or until they escape or break free as comes first.

Stoneskin (Su): The emerald owl is guarded by the earth itself, it is guarded by a stoneskin spell as if cast by a sorcerer of a level equals to its HD at all times.  This protection renews every dawn and dusk.

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

Knowledge (Arcane or Nature) 27.  Superb hunters, the emerald owls wish to be left alone.  They have limited command over the earth and can turn it against those they hunt.

Druids receive a +2 bonus on this knowledge check.

TACTICS
Before Combat: Emerald owls try to avoid combat, they will watch potential threats relying on their ability to hide to remain unobserved.  If it perceives that combat in inevitable, it will use its spike stone and stone shape abilities to prepare the battle ground in its favor.

During Combat: They prefer not to fight creatures larger than themselves, when forced into combat the use their soften earth and stone to disrupt their enemies and limit their tactical options, preferring to strike from surprise.  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 third of the four jeweled birds (along with diamond eagles, sapphire falcons and ruby hawks).

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4 comments

  1. Given that these are magical beasts, are you interested in creatures like this appearing in the bySwarm materials? Or are the jeweled birds for a project of your own? Anyway, I think they are cool 🙂


    • As I noted in the diamond eagle they were original for my Al-Qadim campaign of yesteryear. So, if byswarm can use them, I am happy to see them out there.


  2. May I use your birds in my campaign?


    • Please do. I would like to know how they work out in your campaign, so please give us a report once you have.



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