28 December 2016

Monster: Summer Stormking

Summer Stormking

This gigantic bird resembles a three headed heron or stork, with its long necks, long beaks, and long legs. Its plumage, however, is vivid blue, green, and orange, like a fisher king.

CR 13; XP 25,600
LN Gargantuan Magical Beast (extraplanar)
Init +9; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision, stormsight; Perception +29

Aura elemental passions (2 miles)

Defense
AC 28, touch 12, flat-footed 22 (+5 Dex, +1 dodge, +16 natural, –4 size)
hp 189 (18d10+90)
Fort +16, Ref +16, Will +12; +4 vs. emotion effects

Defensive Abilities powerful passions; Immune electricity, winds

Offense
Speed 30 ft., fly 100 ft. (good)
Melee 3 bites +22 (2d8+8/19–20)

Space 20 ft.; Reach 30 ft.
Special Attacks breath weapon (three 150 ft. lines, 6d6 electricity each, Reflex DC 24 half, usable every 1d4 rounds)
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 20th; concentration +25)
At will—commune with birds, control weather, control winds
1/day—plane shift (must be cast during a particularly strong thunderstorm, a hurricane, or similar cataclysmic weather event)

Statistics
Str 26, Dex 20, Con 20, Int 17, Wis 19, Cha 21

Base Atk +18; CMB +30; CMD 45
Feats Alertness, Bleeding Critical, Combat Reflexes, Critical Focus, Dodge, Flyby Attack, Improved Critical (bite), Improved Initiative, Iron Will
Skills Fly +24, Knowledge (nature) +21, Perception +29, Perform (dance) +23, Sense Motive +26
Languages Auran, Aquan

Ecology
Environment temperate or tropical

Organization solitary, pair
Treasure standard


Special Abilities

Elemental Passions (Su) A summer stormking temper rules over the nearby weather as a constant control weather reflecting the bird's mood. When a stormking is calm or complacent, the weather is calm and pleasant. When a stormking is sad, the skies weep with rain, and when a stormking is angered or excited the winds blow and the storms gather. An active control weather spell or spell-like ability overrides the stormking's calm mood, but it struggles against sad, excited or angry requiring an opposed check of the caster's primary spellcasting ability against the stormking's Charisma.

Powerful Passions (Ex) A summer stormking has a +4 racial bonus to saving throws against effects with emotion descriptor, and Spell Resistance of 15+its CR (typically 28) against spells and spell-like abilities that would calm it down, or subdue its passions.

Stormsight (Ex) A summer stormking ignores all vision penalties and concealment from weather effects, including those created by fog cloud, obscuring mist, and similar spells.

Summer stormkings are great otherworldly birds, similar in some ways and possibly related to thunderbirds or phoenixes. Rarely seen, they live in realms of eternal winds and storms, though they occasionally come to this world during summer storms for their mating season.

Kyo consider summer stormkings to be semi-divine beings, living manifestations of the skies, and guardians of higher realms. A high ranking kyo priests supposedly can perform occult rituals to invoke terrible thunderstorms if performed correctly, attracting summer stormkings.

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