[Swords & Wizardry] New Monster: Ornithes Stymphalides

Ornithes Stymphalides

 

The trio of halflings had brought in a fair haul for the day, counting a number of trout. Satisfied with their catch, the halflings lazily started a campfire as dusk approached. One of the halflings pointed out a small group of swans swimming nearby, noting their beautiful feathers.

The short folk never got to enjoy their trout as these swans liked no better meal than the flesh of humans and their demi-human relatives.

 

These horrific birds look like a small gathering of odd colored swans, gently swimming in ponds, lakes and rivers. As long as they are not hungry most innocent bystanders are fine, but the Ornithes Stymphalides are flesh eating birds, relishing the flavor of human and demi-human flesh. Many a lone fisherman or boater has fed these grisly birds who often fail to raise any suspicion until it is too late. The eggs of these flesh-eaters have an odd marbled look to them, unlike other swan eggs. Those who know this either destroy the eggs on sight or use them for more nefarious purposes.

Ornithes Stymphalides HD 1d4 HP AC 6[13]; Atk Bite (1d4) ; Move 4 (Fly 20) ; Save 13; CL/XP 1/15; Special: Fly: the Ornithes Stymphalides are adept at flying and can dodge (-1 to hit) while in flight, Swarm: Ornithes Stymphalides often attack in flocks of 5-20.

 

(inspired by a walk along the levee)

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5 Responses to [Swords & Wizardry] New Monster: Ornithes Stymphalides

  1. Lizardfolk says:

    Do these gather with normal swans? They seem interesting, a horrible low-level trick I could see being used with effect.

    My Ref’-sense says that my players would react most if these coloured swans lurked amidst normal examples of the species because it would seem somehow more disquieting and strange.

    Further, it’d give more chance of encounter as hunters and fishermen are used to normal swans.

    Just an idea.

  2. bat says:

    I saw a few swans the other day at the levee and knew that there were flesh eating birds in Greek mythology and meshed them together. Something unnatural was in the eyes of those swans that sort of made me shiver.

    It would be a great idea to have them mingling with normal swans to give them a bit of cover.

  3. Lizardfolk says:

    Yeah, maybe the normal swans naturally defer to them (let’s face it, the alternative is ‘be lunch’) or something? I just think that it might set up more encounter possibilities… My idea anyhow.

    Hehe, was jogging in the park a couple of hours ago and it was packed with swans and geese, I’ll pay more attention Sunday when I go running again.

  4. Timeshadows says:

    Interesting.

    No weird eggs or anything, though?

  5. bat says:

    Excellent point, Timeshadows, handled. Thank you!

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