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Achaierai

Achaierai CR 5

This bird-like beast is mostly head, lunging forward on four scaly legs. Wisps of noxious black vapor trail from its hooked beak.

XP 1,200
LE Large outsider (evil, extraplanar, lawful)
Init +1; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +11
Aura black smoke (10 ft.; 1d6 A; DC 13)

DEFENSE HP 70

EAC 17; KAC 19
Fort +9, Ref +7, Will +4
Resistances fire 10; SR 16

OFFENSE

Speed 30 ft.
Melee claw +15 (1d6+10 S) or bite +12 (1d6+10 P; critical bleed 1d4)
Ranged black spit +15 (1d6+5 A)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft. (10 ft. with claw)
Offensive Abilities breath weapon (40 ft. cone, see below, DC 13, usable every 1d4 rounds)

STATISTICS

Str +5, Dex +1, Con +2, Int +0, Wis +2, Cha +3
Skills Athletics +11 (+15 when jumping), Stealth +11, Survival +16
Languages Infernal

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Aura of Black Smoke (Su)

An achaierai has a 10 ft. radius aura of black smoke constantly seeping out from beneath its feathers and from its mouth. Any creature or object that begins its turn within the cloud takes 1d6 acid damage (Fort DC 13 negates).

Breath Weapon (Su)

An achaierai can exhale a cloud of choking, toxic smoke. Unless they succeed at a DC 13 Reflex save, all creatures caught within the cloud immediately take 6d6 points of acid damage as their flesh melts and rots away. This black cloud erodes sanity as well as flesh, and anyone who takes damage from the black cloud must also make a DC 13 Fortitude save or become confused. Every round, the victim may attempt another DC 13 Fortitude save to recover from the confusion; otherwise it persists, lasting indefinitely until the condition is removed or the victim eventually makes its saving throw. This black cloud is a mind-affecting, poison effect. Achaierais are immune to this ability.

ECOLOGY

Environment any land (Hell)
Organization solitary, pack (2-4), flock (5-8)

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.

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