Monday, January 3, 2011

General Rules: Monsters - Sparrowhawk

Sparrowhawk (from Tome & Blood)
Diminutive Animal

Hit Dice: 1d8 (4 hit points)
Initiative: +3
Speed: 10 feet, fly 50 feet (average)t
Armor Class: 18 (+4 size, +3 Dexterity, +1 natural); touch 17, flat-footed 15
BAB/Grapple: +0/-15
Attack: Claws +7 melee (1d3-3, piercing and slashing, 20 x2)
Full Attack: Claws +7 melee (1d3-3, piercing and slashing, 20 x2)
Space/Reach: 1 foot by 1 foot/0 feet
Special Attacks: None
Special Qualities: Low-light vision
Saves: Fortitude +2, Reflex +5, Will +2
Abilities: Str 4, Int 2, Wis 14, Dex 17, Con 10, Cha 6
Skills: Listen +8, Spot +8 (+10 in daylight)
Feats: Skill Augmentation (Listen and Spot), Weapon Finesse
Environment: Any except underground
Organization: Solitary, pair, or clutch (4 -7)
Challenge Rating: ¼
Treasure: None
Alignment: Always neutral
Advancement: -

A sparrowhawk, is a small bird of prey with short, broad wings and a long tail, both adaptations to maneuvering through trees. Adult male sparrowhawks have bluish grey upper parts and orange-barred underparts; females and juveniles are brown above with brown barring below. The female is up to one-quarter larger than the male – one of the greatest size differences between the sexes in any bird species.

The sparrowhawk is a predator that specializes in catching woodland birds, though they can be found in any habitat and often hunts garden birds in towns and cities. Males tend to take smaller birds, including tits, finches, and sparrows; females catch primarily thrushes and starlings, but are capable of killing birds weighing a pound or more.

Skills: Sparrowhawks gain a +2 racial bonus to Spot checks in daylight.

Sparrowhawks as Familiars
Sparrowhawks can serve as familiars for characters eligible to obtain familiars including arcane engineers, hexblades, mind weavers, shadowsworn, sorcerers, and wizards. Sparrowhawks are suitable familiars for Tiny spellcasters.

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