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Bird, Cockerel

Lanky and bedraggled, with thin feathers other than a wide tuft around the neck, this rooster is particularly ugly for its kind. Its wattle and comb are both shredded and torn from past battles, and razor-sharp spurs have been tied to the backs of its legs.

Unaligned Small beast

Armor Class 11
Hit Points 2 (1d6 -1)
Speed 10 ft., fly 50 ft.

STRDEXCONINTWISCHA
2 (-4)13 (+1)8 (-1)2 (-4)11 (+0)6 (-2)

Languages none
Skills Perception +2 Challenge 0 (10 XP)

Actions

  • Beak. Melee Weapon Attack: +3 to hit (reach 5 ft.; one creature). Hit: 1 piercing damage.

Special Traits

  • Ferocity. When the cockerel drops to 0 hit points, it immediately makes one attack against a creature within 5 feet as a reaction before dying.
  • Fighting Fury. When a cockerel sees another member of its species or other similar-sized bird (other than a chicken), it instinctively triggers its fight response. It spends 1 round attempting to intimidate its opponent, then attacks, gaining a +1 bonus to attacks and damage. A cockerel in a fighting fury fights until it or its opponent is dead.

About

Environment Any land
Organization solitary

Cockfighting is a common pastime among the coarser citizens (and secretly many of the upper crust as well) and the gamecocks have been bred for centuries in the city just for these contests. The resulting breed of cockerel is a distempered gamecock known for its viciousness in fights and its instinct to continue fighting even after having taken a mortal wound. Many runners of cockfights no longer allow cockerels in their venues because of the likelihood that neither bird will survive and their investment in training a prized gamecock will be lost even in victory. Cockerels are bred with normal chickens and always attack another cockerel on sight unless restrained.

Before fighting matches that involve betting, some cockerels are outfitted with fighting spurs. razor-sharp blades tied to their legs. Fighting spurs replace the bird’s beak attack with a spur attack, which has the same attack bonus and reach but does 1d4 slashing damage.

A cockerel stands 2 feet tall and weighs 10–15 pounds.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

The Tome of Blighted Horrors, © 2016, Frog God Games, LLC; Authors John Ling, Authors Richard Pett, Pete Pollard, Alistair Rigg, Jeffrey Swank, and Greg A. Vaughan.

Additional Credit Author Greg A. Vaughan, based on material by Richard Pett.