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Divine Eagle

Large celestial, lawful neutral

Armor Class 13 (natural armor)
Hit Points 26 (4d10+4)
Speed 10 ft., fly 80 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
16 (+3) 17 (+3) 13 (+1) 8 (-1) 14 (+2) 10 (+0)

Damage Immunities necrotic, poison, fire, radiant
Condition Immunities poisoned
Skills Perception +4
Senses passive Perception 14
Languages Common, Celestial
Challenge 3 (700 XP)

Special Traits

  • Dive Attack. If the divine eagle is flying and dives at least 30 feet straight toward a target and then hits it with a melee weapon attack, the attack deals an extra 7 (2d6) damage to the target.
  • Flyby. The divine eagle doesn’t provoke an opportunity attack when it flies out of an enemy’s reach.
  • Illumination. The divine eagle sheds bright light in a 10-foot radius and dim light for an additional 10 feet.
  • Keen Sight. The divine eagle has advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on sight.
  • Magic Resistance. The divine eagle has advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical effects.

Actions

  • Multiattack. The divine eagle makes two attacks: one with its beak and one with its talons.
  • Beak. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 6 (1d6 + 3) piercing damage.
  • Talons. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 10 (2d6 + 3) slashing damage.

About

This large eagle is covered in golden feathers. Its eyes belie an intelligence and cunning not normally associated with eagles.

Divine eagles are used as familiars to the gods. A typical divine eagle stands about 10 feet tall, has a wingspan of up to 20 feet, and resembles its smaller cousins in nearly every way except size. It weighs about 500 pounds.

A divine eagle typically attacks from a great height, diving earthward at tremendous speed. When it cannot dive, it uses its powerful talons and slashing beak to strike at its target’s head and eyes.

A solitary divine eagle is typically hunting or patrolling in the vicinity of its nest and generally ignores creatures that do not appear threatening. A mated pair attacks in concert, making repeated diving attacks to drive away intruders, and fights to the death to defend their nest or hatchlings.

Familiar. The divine eagle can serve another creature as a familiar, forming a telepathic bond with its willing master. While the two are bonded, the master can sense what the divine eagle senses as long as they are within 1 mile of each other. While the divine eagle is within 10 feet of its master, the master shares the divine eagle’s Magic Resistance trait. At any time and for any reason, the divine eagle can end its service as a familiar, ending the telepathic bond.

Blessed of Zeus. Divine eagles are sacred to Zeus and he will sometimes grant one as a familiar to those with sufficient arete.

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