Boobrie (CR 7)
Alignment: Always neutral
Initiative: +1 (Dex); Senses: low-light vision, scent, Listen +3, and Spot +3
AC: 13 (-1 size, +1 Dex, +3 natural), touch 13, flat-footed 12
Hit Dice: 9d8+36 (76 hp)
Fort +12, Ref +6, Will +7
Speed: 40 ft. fly 40 ft.(poor)
Space: 10 ft./5 ft.
Base Attack +4; Grapple +11
Attack: Bite +6 melee
Full Attack: Bite +6 melee
Damage: Bite 1d8+4
Abilities: Str 16, Dex 13, Con 25, Int 2, Wis 14, Cha 10
Feats: Alertness, Stealthy,
Skills: Hide +8, Listen +3, and Spot +3
Climate/Terrain: Temperate and warm aquatic and marsh
Organization: Solitary or pair
The boobrie is a giant relative of the stork. Its origins are lost in mists of ancient time and arcane lore. Although some scholars suggest that there is a link between the boobrie and the roc, there seems to be little that the two species have in common (apart from their great size.)
An adult boobrie stands roughly 12 feet tall and may weigh as much as 300 pounds. Although its weight may seem low for such a huge creature, it is important to remember that this animal, like most fliers, is built very light. When a boobrie is threatened or comes across a creature too powerful for it to fight, it fluffs up its feathers to look even more imposing than it already is. When it does this, a number of long feathers on the back of the boobrie's neck become erect, making it look as though the creature were two or three feet taller.
The boobrie stands on two long, slender legs. Its feet are split into four slender toes that stretch very wide to enable the creature to move quickly through marshes and swamps. Although these legs enable the creature to run at a very high speed, they are fairly weak when used in combat. A boobrie will hunt primarily with its beak, which is shaped much like that of a heron, with a hook like that of an eagle. In addition, its powerful jaw muscles and the sharp, serrated edge of its beak give it a vicious bite.
A boobrie's diet is largely made up of giant catfish and other large denizens of the wetlands. On occasion, though, it hunts for other prey. When times are rough, the boobrie feeds on all manner of snakes, lizards, and, if it finds them, giant spiders. Its occasional dependence on a diet of creatures that can deliver a toxic bite has, over the centuries, caused the boobrie to develop an immunity to all manner of toxins.
When a boobrie hunts, it finds a grove of tall marsh grass or similar vegetation and slips into it. Once within its hunting blind, it remains perfectly still, often for hours at a time, until prey comes within sight. Then, with a speed which seems uncanny in such a large creature, it springs forth and attacks. When employing this means of ambush, a boobrie forces its opponents to suffer a -3 penalty to their surprise rolls.
If two boobrie are encountered, they are usually (75%) a mated pair. These adult boobries always have at least 5 hit points per Hit Die. If the boobries are not adults (25% chance), they are young with 4 or fewer hit points per Hit Die.