[New Monster] Alicanto Bird

Alicanto Bird

 

Graff the innkeeper shook his head.

“Now boys, I know that adventuring can be tough, but you still owe me five gold pieces,” he said politely. Graff was always polite at first.

Chalk, Koram and Valance looked at each other.

“Fine, here is another five gold pieces. But I could swear that we coughed up the right sum the first time,” Chalk said.

Before they knew it, a strange bird with shiny feathers crept along the bar and snatched two coins in its beak and scuttled back from where it came.

“Why didn’t we see that before?” Koram asked aloud.

“Probably all that quality ale you drank!” Graff commented as he grabbed a broom.

“Quality?” Valance snorted. “I’ve had better spider venom!”

The odd avian ran towards a shadowy figure who quickly snatched it up and jumped through a nearby window.

Chalk threw a couple more gold pieces onto the counter.

“I am not chasing some fool with a bird over a handful of gold,” the wizard said.

“If we had that bird, maybe it would do the same for us!” Koram exclaimed.

“Let’s go!” Chalk said, grabbing his coat.

Alicanto Bird

No. Enc.: 1d4 (1d8)

Alignment: Neutral

Movement: 30′ (10′)

Fly: 90′ (30′)

Armor Class: 4

Hit Dice: 1

Attacks: 1

Damage: 1d6 (claw or peck)

Save: F2

Morale: 8

Hoard Class: VII (without gems or magic)

X.P.: 120

A clumsy flying bird with bright plumage, the Alicanto is a boon to miners and a pest to most everyone else. Many tales abound of these tricky avians, but dwarfs love them. Anyone mining for precious metals has a +2 to any type of search they do to find these metals and usually find a large vein. Then things get a little more complicated with these birds.

Alicanto birds are attracted to and consume processed metal in small quantities (coins, brooches, rings, etc). This is what gives the feathers of these birds a metallic sheen and a the awkward flight (due to the heaviness of their wings). As the metal settles in different parts of the bird’s plumage, those who kill an Alicanto bird sometimes melt the feathers down to reclaim some of the metal. The meat is allegedly pretty good too.

An Alicanto can be trained to retrieve small metallic items, which it will do after it is currently full (about 4 gold coins worth of metal will fill the stomach of a typical Alicanto bird.

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6 Responses to [New Monster] Alicanto Bird

  1. trey says:

    This has some fun possibilites. Thanks.

  2. ze bulette says:

    serious heavy metal poisoning in that meat!

  3. bat says:

    Hey, thanks for the comments, guys!
    Nah, the meat is fine, the metal all goes into the feathers.
    Or does it?

  4. I meant to comment on this when it was fresh, but got sidetracked. Oy.

    Anyway, I love it. A lot. And then some more. Probably because I have a clumsy flying bird with bright plumage at home. 🙂

    I’m not sure how you visualized this critter, bat, but may I suggest that one of the mighty pionus breeds be considered:

    http://images.google.com/images?q=pionus&oe=utf-8&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wi

    The Maximilian Pionus that’s (currently) showing up first on the google image search seems perfect to me. As a start, at least.

  5. bat says:

    Thank you for the comment, O Venomous One!
    I am glad that you like these, they are actually borrowed from mythology. The eye is very beady in those pictures, slightly sinister, no?

    • Yay mythology! And yes, pionus eyes are very much windows into their wicked little souls. They can also be very mesmerizing. My wife and I have an agreement never to look into the eyes of one if we happen across it in a pet store. Otherwise we’re far too likely to bring home a new member of the flock!

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