The human and elf felt a rush of air between them and saw a blurry figure fading into the darkness before they realized what had happened.
‘Where is the gnome?’ Fellhorn the druid asked.
‘Hard to say,’ replied the elf ranger. ‘Perhaps he made a new friend.
A recognizable scream was heard from not too far away, the duo hurried in that direction. In the dimming twilight they barely saw a tower set against the darkening sky.
Fellhorn called out and there was a reply from the tiny illusionist.
As they advanced cautiously an ominous fog rose up from the ground.
‘This is not going to be easy,’ said Fellhorn.
‘Can’t we get another gnome somewhere?’ asked the elf.
‘Okay, okay, we will save him. I guess.’
No. Enc.: 1 (1d4)
Movement: 60′ (20′)
Fly: 150′ (50′)
Armor Class: 6
Hit Dice: 7+4
Damage: 1d6+2 (claw or peck)
Hoard Class: VIIx2
The Bironos, or “Owl Beast”, is a terrifying creature to behold; an eight foot tall winged humanoid barn owl, bulky and with two clawed arms and very intense eyes burning with hatred and malice. Probably from the infernal planes, these flying monsters make their home on the material plane now, invading abandoned towers and desolate ruins to make their lairs away from civilization, but usually not too far from roads where travelers can be picked off easily.
Three times per day these creatures can emit a shriek that acts like a Fear spell, causing all with less than 3HD to flee the immediate area (65% chance) if they fail a Save versus Spells, dropping what they have in their hands and staying away for six melee rounds. In addition the Bironos can cast Dancing Lights, Blur, Fog Cloud and Misdirection at will. These creatures, like their smaller animal counterparts, can fly silently, making virtually no sound. These monsters often use this ability to surprise (2-6 on 1d6) creatures by attacking from above, usually at night, swooping in silently to pounce on prey. These creatures are not unintelligent and some speak Common in a rasping tone, just as some also bear weapons. Through fear and coercion the bironos sometimes bully creatures like goblins, orcs or kobolds into service to them.