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Simurg

The titanic creature’s wolf-like paws reach for the ground, as its wings whip up a cloud of dust. Its canine muzzle releases an ear-splitting howl, while an incredibly long tail of multi-hued feathers drifts lazily on the wind.

Gargantuan celestial, neutral good

Armor Class 15 (natural armor)
Hit Points 108 (8d20 + 24)
Speed 20 ft., fly 80 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
18 (+4) 11 (+0) 17 (+3) 14 (+2) 17 (+3) 16 (+3)

Saving Throws Dexterity +3, Constitution +6, Wisdom +6, Charisma +6
Skills Perception +6
Damage Resistance radiant
Senses darkvision 120 ft., passive Perception 16
Languages all, telepathy 120 ft.
Challenge 5 (1,800 XP)

Special Traits

Actions

  • Multiattack. The simurg makes three attacks: one with its bite and two with its claws.
  • Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 13 (2d8 + 4) piercing damage.
  • Claws. Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 11 (2d6 + 4) slashing damage.
  • Forceful Gale (Recharge 5–6). The simurg beats its wings, creating wind in a 30-foot cone. Each creature in that area must make a DC 15 Strength saving throw. On a failure, a creature takes 27 (6d8) bludgeoning damage, is pushed 10 feet away from the simurg and is knocked prone. On a success, a creature takes half the damage and isn’t pushed or knocked prone.

About

Benevolent Guardians. Simurg are kind-hearted and protect those who dwell near them. When nesting atop a temple or sacred mountain, a simurgh often comforts and helps the local poor by healing their diseases and injuries and salving the passing of those it cannot help. After a time, the simurg flies away when too many pilgrims crowd its mountain or threaten to overwhelm a small country shrine.

Cycle of Life. When it dies, a simurg is consumed by a heatless flame and is reborn elsewhere on the same plane in a burst of light. This leads to it often being mistaken for a phoenix.

Enmity Towards Snakes. Simurg have a loathing of snakes and serpents and will attack them on sight. Even the lowliest of snakes understands this and will either hide from a simurg or be immediately hostile toward the simurg.

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