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Feathered Serpent, Queen

by Jamie Baty

HWA2 61
Huge Magical Beast
Hit Dice: 12d10+48 (114 hp)
Initiative: +5 (+1 Dex, +4 Improved Initiative)
Speed: 0 ft. (0 squares)
Armout Class: 17 (-2 size, +1 Dex, +8 natural), touch 9, flat-footed 16
Base Attack/Grapple: +12/+28
Attack: Bite +18 melee (2d6 +8)
Full Attack: Bite +18 melee (2d6 +8)
Space/Reach: 15 ft. /15 ft.
Special Attacks: -
Special Qualities: Darkvision 60ft., low-light vision, serpent-mint consumption
Saves: Fort +14, Ref +9, Will +9
Abilities: Str 27, Dex 13, Con 18, Int 17, Wis 17, Cha 19
Skills: Bluff +6, Concentration +14, Diplomacy +16, Gather Information +9, Hide -7, Intimidate +6, Knowledge (geography) +8, Knowledge (history) +8, Knowledge (local) +8, Knowledge (nature) +8, Listen +12, Sense Motive +15, Spot +12, Survival +8
Feats: Great Fortitude, Improved Initiative, Iron Will, Negotiator, Persuasive
Environment: Floating Continent of Ashmorain
Organisation: Solitary
Challenge Rating: 10
Treasure: None
Alignment: Always lawful good
Advancement: by character class
Level Adjustment: -

This is both the most beautiful, and largest, feathered serpent in existence. The Queen Mother of the feathered serpents is large, about 30 feet from her brilliantly crested head to the tip of her lavishly feathered tad. Along her spine run slender, pointed quills that shine in prismatic colours from exposure to light. Her eyes are filmed over with a milky coating, and her wing feathers are frayed, indicating great age: yet her scales shine bright green like a mossy pond. The Queen Mother gave birth to all feathered serpents, and she is surrounded by 100-200 eggs at all times.
The Queen Mother speaks Neathar, Azcan, Nithian, Draconic, and Auran. It is very likely she speaks several other languages as well. It is suspected that she may have cleric or wizard levels, but only she knows for certain.

The Queen Mother does not fight normally. She is defended by 20-50 mature feathered serpents in her cave complex.

Serpent-Mint Consumption (Su): The Queen gains 1-10 temporary hitpoints, +1 natural AC, and +1 to all attack rolls, damage rolls, saving throws and skill checks after consuming a sprig of serpent-mint. These bonuses last for 1d4 hours.

Skills: The Queen Mother has a +4 racial bonus to all Spot and Listen checks.