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Fire Monkey

Small monstrosity, chaotic neutral

Armor Class 15 (natural armor)
Hit Points 72 (16d4+32)
Speed 30 ft., fly 30 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
4 (–3) 16 (+3) 14 (+2) 7 (–2) 11 (+0) 13 (+1)

Saving Throws Dex +5
Skills Sleight of Hand +7, Stealth +7
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 10
Languages Common (can’t speak)
Challenge 3 (700 XP)

SPECIAL TRAITS

  • Innate Spellcasting. The fire monkey’s spell casting ability is Charisma (spell save DC 15). It can innately cast the following spell, requiring no material components:
  • Spark (Recharges After a Short Rest). The fire monkey can cause a tiny flammable object within 30 feet to catch on fire, as if it were using flint and steel. This has no effect an object behind held or carried by another creature.

ACTIONS

  • Multiattack. The fire monkey makes one claw attack and one steal attack.
  • Claw. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 8 (1d8 + 3) slashing damage.
  • Steal. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: The fire monkey can take hold of one possession from the target’s hands or that is visible on their person.

ABOUT

These winged monkeys sport tawny fur coats ranging from blue-white to slate grey or even black, and some individuals have much lighter white or ivory areas around their faces and shoulders. Their wings tend to be brightly feathered. Their faces, feet, and hands are always hairless, and they groom the hair surrounding their faces outward, giving them a tattered, bearded appearance. Fire monkeys are around 18 inches long with equally long tails and a wingspan of about three feet. A few individuals have two pairs of wings; this trait grants them perfect maneuverability, but they are otherwise statistically identical to their two-winged kin.

Social Creatures. Fire monkeys build nests high up in the canopy of wild places or thick forests, and often cluster their nests together in groups of trees. They welcome small villages of friendly humanoids within their territories, as such creatures are a ready source of useful objects and new forms of interesting food. Fire monkey troops often raid nearby civilized communities for small amounts of salt and sugar, or prepared foods for single meals, but do not otherwise cause much mischief unless provoked. Larger or hostile communities that persecute or hunt fire monkeys often suffer from numerous unexpected fires and destructive forms of larceny and sabotage. Fire monkeys have excellent memories and hold grudges against those who abuse them.

Varied Appetite. Fire monkeys are omnivores, eating fruit, nuts, insects, small mammals, crabs, and fish. Given enough time, rather than devouring their food raw, fire monkeys create elaborate dishes of their favorite foods and cook these dishes over small fires, which they light with their spark ability. Fire monkeys also enjoy trying new and exotic foods prepared by humanoid creatures, especially foods made with flour and sugar. Most fire monkeys are very adventurous eaters, though they tend not to like the taste of beef and lamb.

Section 15: Copyright Notice
Asian Monsters (5E) © 2021, Legendary Games; Authors Miguel Colon, Jason Nelson, Andrew Ha, Aurélien Lainé, Dan Dillon, Ismael Alvarez, James-Levi Cooke, Robert J. Grady, Jeff Ibach, Matt Kimmel, and Thurston Hillman