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Dlurgraven
Copyright © 2002 Sean K Reynolds. All rights reserved.
Illustration by Gerald Lee (virtual_ninja@hotmail.com).
(You can see the original illustration here, the final uncolored version here, and a larger version of the final colored version here.)
Large Outsider
Hit Dice: 4d8+4 (22 hp)
Initiative: +3 (Dex)
Speed: 10 ft., fly 80 ft. (average)
AC: 17 (-1 size, +3 Dex, +5 natural)
Attacks: 2 claws +7 melee, bite +2 melee
Damage: Claws 1d6+4, bite 1d8+2 and poison
Face/Reach: 5 ft. x 5 ft./5 ft.
Special Attacks: poison, stunning stare
Special Qualities: cold and fire resistance 10, DR 5/+1, darkvision, evasion, plane shift, SR 8
Saves: Fort +5, Ref +7, Will +6
Abilities: Str 18, Dex 17, Con 12, Int 10, Wis 14, Cha 10
Skills: Intimidate +6, Knowledge (planes) +5, Listen +9, Move Silently +10, Spot +9*
Feats: Flyby Attack, Power Attack
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Climate/Terrain: Any land
Organization: Solitary or nest (2-5)
Challenge Rating: 4
Treasure: None
Alignment: Usually neutral evil
Advancement: 5-8 HD (Huge); 9-12 HD (Gargantuan)

Dlurgravens are fiendish giant black birds that serve the armies of the lower planes as couriers and steeds. They prefer to hunt for prey but are comfortable eating carrion.
    A typical dlurgraven stands about 10 feet tall, with a wingspan of up to 20 feet, and resembles a muscular raven with baleful red eyes.
    Dlurgravens speak Abyssal or Infernal.

Combat
Dlurgravens fighting lone prey prefer to make several quick strikes with Flyby Attack, keeping itself out of melee range for as long as possible until its poison takes effect. When fighting multiple foes they use a similar tactic, using their dire eyes ability to disable one opponent and give it time to concentrate on others.
    Stunning Stare (Su): Once per day a dlurgraven can direct a gaze attack at a single creature within 30 feet. The target is stunned for 1d4 rounds unless it succeeds at a Will saving throw (DC 12).
    Plane Shift (Sp): The dlurgraven may use this ability once per day as a full-round action. It may carry a single passenger of up to Medium-size.
    Poison (Ex): The dlurgraven's bite is poisonous, dealing 1d4 points of initial and secondary Strength damage (DC 13).
    Skills: *Dlurgravens receive a +4 racial bonus to Spot checks in twilight or darker environments.