Fertile Crescent Monsters
George Stubbs (17241806) Title Bird Date circa
This bird-like beast
is mostly head, lunging forward on four scaly legs. Wisps of noxious black vapor
trail from its hooked beak.
|Achaierai CR 5|
LE Large outsider (evil, extraplanar, lawful)
Init +1; Senses Darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +12
|AC 20, touch 11,
flat-footed 18 (+1 Dexterity, +1 Dodge, +9 natural, 1 size)
hp 52 (7d10+14)
Fort +7, Ref +6, Will +4
|Speed 50 ft.
Melee bite +10 (2d6+4), 2 claws +10 (1d6+4)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 10 ft. with claw
Special Attacks black cloud
|Strength 19, Dexterity 13, Constitution
14, Intelligence 11, Wisdom 14, Charisma 16
Base Atk +7; CMB +12; CMD 24 (28 vs. trip)
Reflexes, Dodge, Mobility, Spring Attack
Skills Acrobatic +11 (+19 Jump), Climb +14, fly +0, Perception +12, Sense
Motive+12, Stealth +7, Swim +14
|Environment any land
Organization solitary or flock (58)
Black Cloud (Su)
An achaierai can
An achaierai is a predator
and scavenger of the lower planes that looks like a 15-foot-tall flightless
bird, though its head and body are fused into one large unit, with four legs
and atrophied wings. The thick, oily plumage covering its body all but conceals
these tiny wings. An adult achaierai weighs roughly 750 pounds.
Though not devils themselves,
achaierais live and hunt on the scorched and blasted plains of Hell, where they
make excellent use of their long, stilt-like legs in running down any lost souls
or lesser devils who stumble into their feeding grounds. Once it has closed
with its target, an achaierai attacks with its two front legs, punching or slashing,
as well as biting with its powerful beak. Far smarter than their animalistic
form might suggest, achaierais prefer to hunt in shrieking packs and use their
prey’s confusion and their own reach to their advantage, circling their quarry
and darting in to attack as soon as the victim becomes distracted, then retreating
again before the prey has a chance to retaliate. They have been known to wander
through battlefields in the lower planes, picking over dying and regenerating
creatures and souls, which has earned them the nickname Hell’s vultures.
As achaierais are immune to the toxic clouds of others of their kind, they often
work in conjunction to use these clouds to herd or scatter enemies, form long
lines of black clouds to protect their retreat, or merely panic opponents in
large melees. Achaierais are fond of disemboweling their targets and feasting
on the hot entrails while their mortally wounded prey screams itself to death.
Of course, as outsiders, achaierais have no need to eat, and their elaborate
hunting routines are simply the bird-beasts’ sick form of entertainment.
|Size/Type||Large outsider (Evil, Extraplanar, Lawful)|
size, +1 Dexterity, +10 natural), touch 10, flat-footed 19
|Full Attack||2 claws
+9 melee (2d6+4) and bite +4 melee (4d6+2)
|Darkvision 60 ft., Spell
Ref +6, Will +7
Dexterity 13, Constitution 14, Intelligence 11, Wisdom 14, Charisma 16
|Feats||Dodge, Mobility, Spring
or flock (58)
HD (Large); 1318 HD (Huge)
Achaierais are massive,
15-foot-tall flightless birds that inhabit lawful planes of battle and are only
occasionally encountered elsewhere.
Achaierais speak Infernal.
They weigh about 750 pounds.
In close combat, an achaierai
lashes out with two of its four legs and snaps with its powerful beak. It makes
frequent use of its Spring Attack feat to strike quickly and then retreat out
of range before an enemy can counterattack.
An achaierais natural
weapons, as well as any weapons it wields, are treated as evil-aligned and lawfulaligned
for the purpose of overcoming damage reduction.
Black Cloud (Ex): Up
to three times per day an achaierai can release a choking, toxic black cloud.
Those other than achaierai
within 10 feet instantly take 2d6 points of damage. They must also succeed on
a DC 15 Fortitude save or be affected for 3 hours as though by an insanity spell
(caster level 16th). The save DC is Constitution-based.
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Characters with ranks in Knowledge (The planes)
can learn more about achaierais. When a character makes a successful skill check,
the following lore is revealed, including the information from lower DCs.
|Knowledge (The planes)|
| This creature is
an achaierai, a vicious predator from the Infernal Battlefield of Hell.
This result reveals all outsider traits.
|An achaierai’s strength
lies in its formidable natural attacks of claws and beak, coupled with its
speed and mobility in combat. Achaierais speak Infernal.
|Achaierais can release
a choking, toxic cloud that damages all those it touches and can cause short
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