Monday, January 3, 2011

General Rules: Monsters - Parrot

Parrot (from Creatures of Freeport, Dragon Magazine #351, and Stormwrack)
Tiny Animal

Hit Dice: ¼d8 (1 hit point)
Initiative: +5
Speed: 10 feet, fly 40 feet (average)
Armor Class: 14 (+2 size, +2 Dexterity); touch 14, flat-footed 12
BAB/Grapple: +0/-13
Attack: Bite +4 melee (1d3-5, bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing, 20 x2)
Full Attack: Bite +4 melee (1d3-5, bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing, 20 x2)
Space/Reach: 2½ feet by 2½ feet/0 feet
Special Attacks: None
Special Qualities: Low-light vision
Saves: Fortitude +2, Reflex +4, Will +2
Abilities: Str 1, Int 2, Wis 14, Dex 14, Con 10, Cha 8
Skills: Disguise +2, Listen +4, Spot +3
Feats: Endurance, Weapon Finesse
Environment: Warm jungles
Organization: Solitary or pair
Challenge Rating:
Treasure: None
Alignment: Always neutral
Advancement: -

The parrot is a colorful bird native to tropical climes. They range from 1oot to 3 feet in length.

Parrots are natural mimics, and are famed for their ability to repeat words and short phrases they have been taught. They are seed eaters, and not generally aggressive, but their powerful beak is fully capable of severing a finger that is poked too close to them. They can manipulate objects using their feet and beaks with enough dexterity to put a key in a lock and turn it if they have been trained to do so.

Parrots can be domesticated and trained, but they have no hunting skills. They can be taught to talk and retrieve items. For some reason, pirates are particularly fond of parrots.

Combat
Parrots are not predatory by nature and are more likely to flee than fight. They do not use their claws in battle, but an angry parrot can make a fierce attack with its beak.

Skills: A parrot receives a +2 racial bonus on Disguise checks to mimic human speech. it must make a successful Disguise check against a base DC of 10 in order to repeat a short phrase. Unless the creature has enhanced intelligence, a parrot will not understand what it is saying; it is merely mimicking sounds.

Parrots as Familiars
Parrots can serve as familiars for characters eligible to obtain familiars including arcane engineers, hexblades, mind weavers, shadowsworn, sorcerers, and wizards. Arcane casters with parrot familiars gain a +3 bonus to Appraise checks or a +3 bonus to Disguise checks that specifically involve vocal mimicry. In addition, a parrot familiar can speak one language of the master's choice as a supernatural ability.

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