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The Demented One
2006-08-15, 04:39 PM
“For the Phoenix, when its time to die comes, lays two eggs; one black, one white. From the white egg hatches the Phoenix-bird itself when its time has come, but what hatches from the black egg, no one knows.”
–Fables and Reflections

Lament Raven
Size/Type: Large Undead (Incorporeal)
Hit Dice: 16d12 (104 hp)
Initiative: +7
Speed: Fly 200 ft. (average)
Armor Class: 17 (-1 size, +3 Dex, +5 deflection), touch 17, flatfooted 14
Base Attack/Grapple: +8/–
Attack: Incorporeal touch +10 melee (3d6 cold)
Full Attack: Incorporeal touch +10 melee (3d6 cold)
Space/Reach: 10 ft./5 ft.
Special Attacks: Death rattle, steal rebirth, summon ravens
Special Qualities: Chill aura, cold immunity, damage reduction 10/silver, darkvision 60 ft., fire vulnerability, spell resistance XX, telepathy 60 ft., turn resistance +4, undead traits
Saves: Fort +4, Ref +7, Will +15
Abilities: Str –, Dex 16, Con , Int 18, Wis 16, Cha 20
Skills: Bluff +10, Concentration +15, Intimidate +24, Knowledge (Arcana) +23, Knowledge (History) +23, Listen +22, Move Silently +15, Sense Motive +22, Spellcraft +15, Spot +22
Feats: Improved InitiativeB, Iron WillB, Hover, Dodge, Mobility, Flyby Attack, Ability Focus (Death Rattle)
Environment: Any
Organization: Solitary
Challenge Rating: 10
Treasure: None
Alignment: Neutral Evil
Advancement: 17-24 HD (Large)
Level Adjustment: –

It is a fairly well-known fact that PhoenixesMM2 immolate themselves in flame to give birth to new phoenixes. What is not so commonly known is that their fire is both one of birth and death. For while the flames spawn a new phoenix, they also kill its twin, an ugly, short-lived creature which is the physical manifestation of the immolating phoenix’s sins. Most of the time, these sin-phoenixes are reduced to ashes in a matter of seconds. Some, however, prove so full of hate and bile that they can literally rip a hole between life and death, coming back as a Lament Raven. Lament Ravens are twisted shadows of phoenixes, whose only goal in life is to become one of their better kin–a goal they will achieve through any means. Lament Ravens are massive birds, looking like black-feathered phoenixes, made of incorporeal shadow.

Death Rattle (Su)
Once each minute, a Lament Raven may make a hideous rattling sound. All creatures within 30 ft. of it must make a DC 25 Will save or become cursed, as the bestow curse spell, caster level 16th. This is a sonic ability. The save is Charisma based.

Steal Rebirth (Su)
Whenever a Phoenix uses its immolation ability within 100 ft. of a Lament Raven, it must make a DC 23 Will save. The save is Charisma based. If it succeeds, the ability functions normally, but if it fails, the immolation kills it, destroying its body totally, and it is not reborn. The Lament Raven, on the other hand, is permanently transformed into a completely average Phoenix. The only racial abilities it retains are its death rattle and summon ravens abilities. Its alignment remains unchanged.

Summon Ravens (Sp)
As a swift action, a Lament Raven may summon 1d6 ravens to serve it. The ravens serve for 10 rounds, and then return from whence they came. A Lament Raven may never have more than a total of 15 summoned ravens. This is the equivalent of a 2nd level spell.

Chill Aura (Su)
Any creature attempting to cast a spell with the [Fire] descriptor within 100 ft. of a Lament Raven must make a Spellcraft check, DC 20 plus the spell’s level, or the spell fails. In addition, whenever fire damage is dealt to any creature within 100 ft. of a Lament Raven, including the raven itself, the damage is always the minimum amount possible. Cold damge, conversely, is always at the maximum amount possible.

2006-08-15, 06:34 PM
Might want to specify instaneous for the steal rebirth, lest people try dispelling it or something.