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Moonkite

Large celestial, lawful good

Armor Class 15 (natural armor)
Hit Points 93 (11d10 + 33)
Speed 0 ft., fly 120 ft. (hover)

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
15 (+2) 18 (+4) 16 (+3) 14 (+2) 16 (+3) 19 (+4)

Saving Throws Wis +6, Cha +7
Skills Insight +6, Perception +6, Religion +5
Damage Resistances fire, radiant; bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing from nonmagical attacks
Damage Immunities poison
Condition Immunities blinded, exhaustion, frightened, poisoned, prone
Senses blindsight 120 ft. (blind beyond this radius), passive Perception 16
Languages Celestial, telepathy 120 ft.
Challenge 5 (1,800 XP)

Special Traits

  • Celestial Freedom. The moonkite ignores difficult terrain, and magical effects can’t reduce its speed or cause it to be restrained. It can spend 5 feet of movement to escape from nonmagical restraints or being grappled. In addition, it has advantage on saving throws against spells and effects that would banish it from its current plane or that would bind it to a particular location or creature. The moonkite can grant this trait to anyone riding it.
  • Flyby. The moonkite doesn’t provoke opportunity attacks when it flies out of an enemy’s reach.
  • Magic Resistance. The moonkite has advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical effects.
  • Magic Weapons. The moonkite’s weapon attacks are magical and silvered.

Actions

  • Multiattack. The moonkite makes four wing buffet attacks. Alternatively, it can use Radiant Arrow twice.
  • Radiant Arrow. Ranged Spell Attack: +7 to hit, range 150 ft., one target. Hit: 14 (4d6) radiant damage.
  • Wing Buffet. Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 8 (1d8 + 4) bludgeoning damage. If the moonkite scores a critical hit, the target must succeed on a DC 15 Constitution saving throw or be blinded for 1 minute. The creature can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on itself on a success.
  • Planar Traveler. The moonkite can transport itself to a different plane of existence. This works like the plane shift spell, except the moonkite can affect only itself and a willing rider, and can’t banish an unwilling creature to another plane.

About

This fantastic creature is almost uniformly circular in shape, its bizarre form composed of six pairs of bright silver hawk wings flapping in perfect unison. Despite its odd appearance, the creature moves gracefully through the air.

Ordered Forms. The circular bodies of these bizarre, spherical celestials are surrounded by six identical wings of burnished silver. Many angels like devas and planetars see moonkites as the perfect unity of form and function, and often extol their virtues to mortals when trying to convince them of the grandeur of the heavens. Moonkites themselves rarely communicate, but when they do, their wings vibrate in time with their words.

Heavenly Steeds. Though most celestials do not ride mounts nor use creatures like pegasi and unicorns as steeds, moonkites sometimes serve as mounts for powerful celestial generals and heroes, especially those that do not possess a humanoid form. The moonkite can outfly most other creatures, and it is particularly hardy against the powers of demons and devils, making it a valuable mount to many celestials. Celestials riding a moonkite never treat it as a lesser creature, instead often confiding in the moonkite or asking for its opinion.

Gifts from Above. When the world is in dire peril from a powerful chaotic or evil threat, moonkites have been known to assist good-aligned heroes as steeds. Any mortal that gains a moonkite as an ally must uphold the tenets of truth, heroism, and generosity, lest it lose the celestial’s assistance.

Immortal Nature. The moonkite doesn’t require food, drink, or sleep.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Tome of Beasts 2. © 2020 Open Design LLC; Authors Wolfgang Baur, Celeste Conowitch, Darrin Drader, James Introcaso, Philip Larwood, Jeff Lee, Kelly Pawlik, Brian Suskind, Mike Welham.