Firebird (CR 1/2)

Resembling a large peacock, this beautiful bird sheds light as if on fire.

Firebird (CR 1/2)

XP 200
Firebird
N Small animal
Init +2; Senses low-light vision; Perception -2


Defense


AC 13, touch 13, flat-footed 11 (+2 Dex, +1 size)
hp 9 (2d8)
Fort +3, Ref +5, Will -2


Offense


Speed 30 ft., fly 20 ft. (clumsy); drift


Statistics


Str 7, Dex 14, Con 10, Int 1, Wis 6, Cha 13
Base Atk +1; CMB -2; CMD 10
Feats Weapon Finesse
Skills Fly +1
SQ luminous plumage


Special Abilities


Drift (Ex) Cannot hover, and must end flight by landing or perching on solid surface.
Flight (20 feet, Clumsy) You can fly!
Low-Light Vision See twice as far as a human in dim light, distinguishing color and detail.

Luminous Plumage (Su) A firebird’s plumage naturally glows with red, orange, and yellow hues, shedding light as if affected by a continual flame spell. The firebird may stifle this effect as a free action.

If removed tfrom the the creature’s body, the firebird’s feathers will continue to glow for 3d6 months. The light emanating from the feather can be covered and hidden, but will only cease if the feather is destroyed.


Ecology


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Illustration Credit: Unknown

Environment any
Organization solitary, pair
Treasure none

The Zhar Ptak – more commonly known as firebirds – are avian summer eidolons. Resembling large peacocks, these creatures are adorned with majestic plumage that glows with the hues of a burning campfire. Despite their name, firebirds do not manipulate or generate flames in any way. Asides from their luminescent properties they are relatively normal birds.

Firebirds are often sought out for their unique feathers, which continue to glow brightly after being removed from their bodies. Many soldiers and hunters have been enlisted by their kings to capture these magical beasts, and a captive firebird holds great value.

After Perun severed the ley lines that connected the Summer Realm to Yavmir, firebirds (and a great deal of other summer eidolons) diminished greatly in numbers. Those left are skittish and prefer to avoid direct contact with humans.