Monstrous Menagerie: Sky Shark (CR 15)

Sky Shark

This horrifying creature appears to be a mix between a shark, a bat, an eagle, and a scorpion. It sports a maw covered in razor sharp fangs, two great wings, four clawed legs and its tail ends in a vicious pincer.

Sky Shark                                                                                                                               CR 15

XP 51,200

N Huge Magical Beast

Init +6; Senses blood scent, darkvision 60 ft., life sense 30ft., low-light vision; Perception +17


Defense

AC 30, touch 10, flat-footed 28 (+2 Dex, +20 Natural, -2 Size)

hp 210 (20d10+114)

Fort +19, Ref +16, Will +10


Offense

Speed 30 ft.; fly 60 ft. (average)

Melee bite +25 (3d6+12 plus bleed), 4 claws +24 (1d8+6), pincer +22 (2d6+3 plus grab)

Space 15 ft.; Reach 10 ft. (15ft with pincer)

Special Attacks bleed (3d6), blood torrent (20 ft. line, nauseated, DC 25 for sickened, usable once per day), constrict (2d6+3), pounce, rake (2 claws +23, 1d8+6), rend (2 claws, 1d8+9)


Statistics

Str 23, Dex 15, Con 21, Int 6, Wis 14, Cha 10

Base Atk +20; CMB +28 (+32 grapple); CMD 40 (44 vs. grapple and trip)

Feats Fly by Attack, Great Fortitude, Hover, Improved Initiative, Improved Natural Attack (bite), Iron Will, Lightning Reflexes, Multiattack, Skill Focus (Fly), Skill Focus (Perception)

Skills Fly (+18), Perception (+17)

Languages understands Aklo (cannot speak)


SpecialAbilities

Blood Scent (EX): this ability functions like the keen scent universal monster ability. With the exception, that the sky shark can detect blood in the air if it’s upwind, from up to a mile away, instead of detecting blood underwater.

Blood Torrent (EX): once per day a sky shark can regurgitate a torrent of blood that it stores in one of its multiple stomachs. Those caught in its blood torrent must succeed at a DC 24 fortitude save or become nauseated until they can clean themselves off completely with water (spending a turn completely submerged under water or being doused with at least four gallons of water is enough to remove the nauseated condition). Those that succeed on their save instead become sickened until they can wash themselves off with water as well. This ability is constitution based.

Powerful Bite (EX): a sky shark applies twice its Strength modifier to bite damage.

Ecology______________________________________________________________________________

Environment tropical, hill and plain

Organization solitary or pair

Treasure incidental

None know for sure the origins of these bizarre creatures. Although most agree that it was through the meddling or arcane spellcasters that these creatures exist.

Sky sharks are the apex predators of almost any area where they reside; usually spelling dread for locals if there is a nest near since sky sharks love to eat horses and other large farm animals.

Sky sharks are highly territorial creatures, only allowing to live in their domain those they will eat, or those that will provide food for them. They will not hesitate to attack their own species if they intrude. When sky sharks mate, they mate for life, and in a lifetime a female may lay up to twenty eggs, which they guards jealously and viciously, caring little for their own self-preservation if they can ensure the safety of their offspring.

Records of villages worshiping sky sharks as vengeful spirits or gods exists; these villages give them offerings of food regularly, which will almost always guarantee that the sky shark will serve as a sort of protector of the village.

Sometimes an unmated sky shark will enter another’s realm and challenge it to combat; if the challenger wins he will take the dead sky sharks mate as his own. Larger sky sharks are rare but not unheard of, these creatures have been known to hunt and eat young dragons.

A typical adult sky shark is 18 feet long, having a wingspan of almost twice that, and weighs approximately 2,500 pounds.


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