Monday, January 3, 2011

General Rules: Monsters - Rhamphorhynchus

Rhamphorhynchus (from Dragon Magazine #318)
Tiny Animal

Hit Dice: 1d8-1 (3 hit points)
Initiative: +9
Speed: 10 feet, fly 60 feet (good)
Armor Class: 17 (+2 size, +5 Dexterity); touch 17, flat-footed 12
BAB/Grapple: +0/-12
Attack: Bite +7 melee (1d3-4, bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing, 20 x2)
Full Attack: Bite +7 melee (1d3-4, bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing, 20 x2)
Space/Reach: 2½ feet by 2½ feet/0 feet
Special Attacks: None
Special Qualities: Evasion, low-light vision, scent
Saves: Fortitude +1, Reflex +7, Will +1
Abilities: Str 2, Int 2, Wis 12, Dex 21, Con 8, Cha 10
Skills: Listen +5
Feats: Improved Initiative, Weapon Finesse
Environment: Warm forests
Organization: Solitary, pair, or flight (3 - 10)
Challenge Rating: ¼
Treasure: None
Alignment: Always neutral
Advancement: 3 HD (Tiny)

The rhamphorhynchus is a small insect eating, flying reptile, not an actual dinosaur. They have narrow snouts filled with tiny, needle-like teeth and a long tail tipped with a flat rudder-like growth.

These creatures flit among the boughs of forests, hunting insects and small birds for food. their chirps and twitters are high-pitched and melodic, and thought by some to be quite soothing. They make excellent familiars for those who live near dinosaurs.

A rhamphorhynchus is about a foot in length, although more than half that length consist of its long tail. Its wingspan is about 3 feet.

The rhamphorrhychus avoids combat with creatures much larger than itself, but when forced to fight, it nips at it enemies with its bite.

Evasion (Ex): A rhamphorhynchus that makes a successful Reflex saving throw against an attack that normally deals half damage on a successful save instead takes no damage. A helpless rhamphorhynchus cannot use this ability.

Rhamphorhynchus Familiars
Rhamphorhynchuses can serve as familiars for characters eligible to obtain familiars including arcane engineers, hexblades, mind weavers, shadowsworn, sorcerers, and wizards. Arcane casters with rhamphorhynchus familiars gain a +3 bonus to Initiative checks.

Rhamphorhynchuses as Animal Companions
If raised from an egg, a rhamphorhynchus may be trained using Handle Animal. A 1st-level druid, 3rd-level outdoorsman, or 1st-level ranger may take a rhamphorynchus as an animal companion.

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