Ewoska | New Monster for Fifth Edition

Sailing through the skies of The Summer Land and parts of Central Omeria are the red-eyed ewoskas, large, intelligent falcon-like birds whose shrill shriek can shrink creatures down to transportable (and edible) sizes.

Ewoskas are leftovers from the Transmuter Wars of the Hand of the Two. The great birds were tasked to fly over battlefields and pick off Karnionian mages. Once the Transmuters were driven from Omeria, the ewoskas retreated into the wilderness surrounding the Basilisk’s Spine Mountains.

The ewoskas frequently clash with the griffon riders of Kuhzuk and Anorian vaqueros of the Vaskil Valley. Out of sheer wickedness, the ewoskas enjoy stealing livestock and even the occasional farmer from the region, a point of contention among the humanoids that occupy the valley.

Many ewoskas have built their nests in the remains of the old dragon dens abandoned after the War of the Burning Plains. There, the ewoskas protect their eggs from those who’d hope to eradicate the evil beasts. In addition to the hoards leftover by the Great Chromatics, ewoskas build collections of pilfered trinkets, gems, jewels, and magic items pulled from their own prey.

Ewoska

Large beast, chaotic evil

 


Armor Class 13

Hit Points 19 (3d10 + 3)

Speed 10 ft., fly 80 ft.


Abilities Str 15 (+2), Dex 17 (+3), Con 13 (+1), Int 7 (-1), Wis 13 (+1), Cha 10 (+0)


Skills Perception +3

Senses passive Perception 13

Languages Auran, Common

Challenge 1 (200 XP)


Keen Sight. The ewoska has advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on sight.


Actions

Multiattack. The ewoska makes two attacks: one with its beak and one with its talons.

Beak. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 5 (1d6 + 2) piercing damage.

Talons. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 9 (2d6 + 2) slashing damage. If the target is a Small or smaller creature, it is grappled (escape DC 13).

Shrinking Shriek (1/Day). The ewoska shrieks, targeting a creature that it can see within 60 feet of it that can hear it. The target must succeed on a DC 11 Constitution saving throw or it shrinks. A shrunk target’s size is halved in all dimensions, and its weight is reduced to one-eighth of normal. This reduction decreases its size by one category—from Medium to Small, for example. Until the target returns to its normal size, the target also has disadvantage on Strength checks and Strength saving throws. The target’s weapons also shrink to match its new size. While these weapons are reduced, the target’s attacks with them deal 1d4 less damage (this can’t reduce the damage below 1). The creature remains shrunk for 1 hour or until a greater restoration spell or similar magic is cast upon it.

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