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Uraeus

This two-headed cobra f lies with a large pair of sleek, blackfeathered wings that sprout from its serpentine body.

Uraeus CR 5

Source Bestiary 5 pg. 259, Osirion, Legacy of the Pharaohs pg. 63
XP 1,600
LG Medium magical beast
Init +7; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision, scent; Perception +16

Defense

AC 19, touch 13, flat-footed 16 (+3 Dex, +6 natural)
hp 52 (7d10+14)
Fort +7, Ref +8, Will +4
Immune disease; Resist fire 10

Offense

Speed 20 ft., climb 20 ft., fly 50 ft. (average), swim 20 ft.
Melee 2 bites +11 (1d8+4 plus poison)
Special Attacks breath weapon, poison

Statistics

Str 19, Dex 16, Con 14, Int 15, Wis 14, Cha 15
Base Atk +7; CMB +11; CMD 24
Feats Acrobatic, Combat Expertise, Flyby Attack, Improved Initiative
Skills Acrobatics +15, Climb +18, Fly +11, Knowledge (religion) +5, Perception +16, Sense Motive +9, Stealth +9, Swim +18; Racial Modifiers +4 Acrobatics, +8 Perception
Languages Aquan, Celestial, Common

Ecology

Environment warm rivers
Organization solitary, pair, or nest (3–8)
Treasure standard

Special Abilities

Breath Weapon (Su) Once every 1d4 rounds, as a standard action, a uraeus’s head can expel a 30-footline of poison. All creatures in the area are blinded for 1 round and must save against poison (Reflex DC 15 negates both). As a full-round action, a uraeus can either expel two lines or bite with one head and breathe poison with the other. Each head tracks its breath weapon’s availability separately.
Poison (Ex) Bite or breath weapon—contact or injury; save Fort DC 15; frequency 1/round for 2 rounds; initial effect blinded and paralyzed for 1 round; secondary effect blinded for 2d4 rounds; cure 2 consecutive saves.

Description

Uraeuses are sacred river protectors that harry those who dare threaten their waterways. Far from simply territorial, these f lying serpents keep their rivers safe for travelers and local communities as an act of devotion to their mother goddess. When a group of uraeuses is too small to handle a threat, they sometimes seek aid from adventurers whose names are well known along their waters. When not troubled by dangers near their nests, uraeuses often hunt dangerous prey such as river beasts grown to monstrous size. Uraeuses believe in just rule, and become infuriated by attempts to corrupt local leaders. In times of unusual danger, uraeuses may actively travel to a ruler’s side to warn that ruler against those who would lead her into folly.

Uraeuses accept offerings from any who live near or travel their rivers. In exchange, they teach allies how to use the river’s bounty and how to best serve society. Patience, industry, and a willingness to listen to others are among the qualities they seek to instill in those who ask their help. In addition, uraeuses are always vigilant in case a supplicant turns out to be a useful servant for their goddess.

Most uraeuses measure nearly 7 feet in length, have a wingspan of similar size, and weigh about 150 pounds. Despite being a two-headed creature, a uraeus speaks with a single voice that emanates from both heads at once.

Uraeus Oracle

Uraeuses born with a special connection to their deity receive cryptic visions and warnings that allow them to protect their homes and discern others’ true intentions. Uraeus oracles can use augury and divination 1/day and commune 1/week, and they advance with levels of oracle.