Steelwing Moth

Small construct, unaligned

Armor Class 14 (natural armor)
Hit Points 2 (2d4-1)
Speed 10 ft., fly 60 ft.

10 (+0) 10 (+0) 9 (-1) 3 (-4) 10 (+0) 6 (-3)

Skills Perception +2
Damage Immunities poison, psychic
Condition Immunities charmed, exhaustion, frightened, poisoned
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 10
Languages understands the languages of its creator but can’t speak
Challenge ? (25 XP)


  • Transform. A creature attuned to the steelwing moth can speak its command word to cause the moth to transform into a tiny cocoon that fits into your hand or back into its true form. Its statistics are the same in each form. Any equipment it is wearing or carrying isn’t transformed. While in cocoon form, the moth can’t move, take any actions or reactions, or manipulate objects.
  • Glider (true Form Only). The moth can fly normally while holding 50 pounds or less. If the moth is carrying up to 300 pounds it slowly descends as it travels; it descends 5 feet for every 5 feet it moves horizontally. If it attempts to hover in place, it descends 10 feet every 6 seconds. If the moth attempts to hold more than one Medium creature or more than 300 pounds, it falls from the sky.


  • Proboscis (True Form Only). Melee Weapon Attack: reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 2 (1d4) piercing damage.
  • Steelwing Chaff. A 10-foot radius cloud of fine metal powder disperses from the moth, heavily obscuring the area around it. This effect lessens after one round, and the area is only lightly obscured for five minutes or until a wind of moderate or greater speed disperses it.


Steelwing moths are devices composed of fanning plates of thin steel that glide on the wind. They are most often found in large dwarven cities, transporting small objects and messages. The glint of their mechanical wings in the firelight overhead is a testament to gnomish artifice, though they tend to make the dwarven populace somewhat uneasy.

Steelwing moths are guided through the air by specially lit beacons, and may veer off course if redirected by a similar signal. The cartels have discovered this flaw and light beacons of their own to lure the moths and their precious cargo.

Urban Gliders. It was thieves that first discovered the moths’ use as gliders while attempting to intercept the constructs mid-transport, only to find that the moths would deliver the hijackers to the ground as softly as they would any parcel. Steelwing thieves are not uncommon in cities that employ these constructs as a delivery system.

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