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Aashaq's Wyvern

This light purple dragon has immense wings and a bifurcated tail, each end tipped with a hooked stinger. Heavy smoke drips from the beast’s nostrils and jaws.

Aashaq's Wyvern CR 8

Source Isles of the Shackles pg. 42
XP 4,800
CN Large dragon
Init +5; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision, scent; Perception +20

Defense

AC 20, touch 10, flat-footed 19 (+1 Dex, +10 natural, –1 size)
hp 103 (9d12+45)
Fort +11, Ref +7, Will +9
Immune dragon traits, magic paralysis and sleep; Resist acid 10, fire 10; SR 19

Offense

Speed 20 ft., fly 60 ft. (poor), swim 40 ft.
Melee bite +13 (2d6+5 plus grab), 2 stings +13 (1d6+5 plus poison), 2 wings +8 (1d6+2)
Space 10 ft., Reach 5 ft.
Special Attacks breath weapon (30-ft. cone, 6d6 fire damage plus fumes, Reflex DC 19 half, usable every 1d4 rounds), rake (2 talons +16, 1d6+5)

Statistics

Str 21, Dex 12, Con 20, Int 9, Wis 12, Cha 11
Base Atk +9; CMB +15 (+19 grapple); CMD 26
Feats Combat Reflexes, Flyby Attack, Improved Initiative, Iron Will, Skill Focus (Perception)
Skills Fly +7, Intimidate +12, Perception +20, Stealth +9, Swim +25; Racial Modifiers +4 Perception
Languages Draconic
SQ hold breath

Ecology

Environment temperate or warm hills
Organization solitary, pair, or murder (3–5 and 1–3 wyverns)
Treasure standard

Special Abilities

Breath Weapon (Su) Once every 1d4 rounds, an Aashaq’s wyvern can emit a cloud of noxious fire in a 30-foot cone that deals 6d6 points of fire damage. Creatures that take damage are also temporarily blinded by the fumes as though by glitterdust for 4 rounds. A DC 19 Reflex save halves the fire damage and negates the glitterdust effect. The save DC is Consitution-based.

Poison (Ex) Sting—injury; save Fort DC 19; frequency 1/round for 6 rounds; effect 1d4 Con; cure 2 consecutive saves.

Description

Aashaq’s wyverns resemble the typical wyverns commonly found throughout the Inner Sea region in many regards, but they have been warped by magic. Unlike their more mundane cousins, these wyverns have bifurcated tails that allow for two stinging attacks, and are able to emit a noxious blast of gas that burns and blinds those in its path. Aashaq’s wyverns reside in the natural caves that honeycomb the cliffs of Dahak’s Teeth, and were common wyverns until the evil dragon Aashaq commandeered the islands. Seeing these beasts as the perfect deacons for her dark cult, Aashaq twisted the very fabric of the wyverns until she settled upon the form now most commonly encountered on Dahak’s Teeth. Their very name is indicative of the wyverns’ servitor status, and they are occasionally even ridden as mounts by Dahak cultists.

Aashaq gives her wyvern minions a remarkable amount of freedom, but most never stray too far from the three islands that make up Dahak’s Teeth. Mariners who make their way past the dreaded isles know to watch out for the beasts, which assail unprepared ships from both sky and water in order to feed upon their crews and capture their cargo for Aashaq. The corrupting inf luence of Aashaq’s chaotic manipulations has also provided these unpredictable creatures with resistance to acid, fire, and magic.

A typical Aashaq’s wyvern is 18 feet in length (including its bifurcated tail) and weighs 2,500 pounds. Their scales can vary in tint, but are usually purple. Though only slightly more intelligent than their common kin, the Dahak-worshiping wyverns enjoy lording their “superior” status over the lesser specimens found on other islets.