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Quetzal

Tiny celestial, neutral good

Armor Class 13
Hit Points 7 (3d4)
Speed 20 ft., climb 20 ft., fly 60 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
4 (-3) 17 (+3) 10 (+0) 7 (-2) 12 (+1) 13 (+1)

Skills Insight +3, Perception +3
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 13
Languages understands Celestial and Common but can’t speak
Challenge 1 (200 XP)

SPECIAL TRAITS

  • Feathered Freedom. Any nonevil creature adjacent to a quetzal has advantage on saving throws to resist becoming charmed, frightened, or paralyzed.
  • Innate Spellcasting. The quetzal’s innate spellcasting ability is Charisma (spell save DC 11). The quetzal can innately cast the following spells, requiring no components:

ACTIONS

  • Beak. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 1 piercing damage.
  • Silent Song (Recharge 5-6). The quetzal can emit a high, whistling note just beyond the edge of hearing for most creatures, affecting creatures in a 15-foot cone. Nonevil creatures in this area who are charmed, frightened, or paralyzed can attempt a new saving throw to end that effect. Evil creatures in the area take 5 (2d4) thunder damage.

ABOUT

These resplendent birds have brilliant green feathers with an iridescent shine, with long tail feathers and green and black wings and a bright, blood-red patch on their chests. They are revered for their wisdom and as a sign of goodness and light, symbolizing freedom and prosperity. Its feathers are often taken as tokens of good fortune or marks of nobility, though they are almost always set free after the taking of a feather so that they may share their divine blessings with others. It is believed that quetzals will die if kept in captivity. Warriors take the appearance of a quetzal as a sign of victory, and they can inspire courage even against insurmountable odds. They also have a special affinity for the fallen in battle, as their very touch is said to rescue them from death’s door. Still, the quetzal’s sorrow at the loss of life is why it never sings but only rarely gives a high whistle. When peace and freedom come to the lands they watch over, only then will the quetzal reveal its beautiful song.

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Latin American Monsters (5E) © 2021, Legendary Games; Authors Miguel Colon, Ismael Alvarez, Robert J. Grady, Jason Nelson.