Aerie (D&D creatures)
|Unofficial rules compendium|
|Hit Dice:||1d6 (3 hp)|
|Speed:||20 ft. (4 squares), fly 60 ft. (12 squares) (perfect)|
|Armor Class:||18 (+5 Dex, +2 Size, +1 Dodge), touch 17, flat-footed 12|
|Attack:||Rapier +5 melee (1d3-4) or dagger +5 melee (1d2-4)|
|Space/Reach:||2.5 ft./0 ft.|
|Special Attacks:||Spell-like abilities|
|Special Qualities:||DR 5/cold iron, adaptable, low-light vision, spell resistance 16|
|Saves:||Fort +3, Ref +5, Will +1|
|Abilities:||Str 2, Dex 21, Con 10, Int 14, Wis 11, Cha 15|
|Skills:||Concentration +4, Craft (any artisan skill) +3, Escape artist +9, Handle animal +5, Heal +4, Hide +13, Knowledge (nature) +3, Listen +3, Move Silently +9, Perform (Dance) +6, Search +4, Spot +6.|
|Feats:||Dodge, Improved Initiative, Weapon Finesse|
|Environment:||Any above ground, usually wilderness|
|Organization:||Adventurer (1), flight (2-10), troupe (6-25), or village (20-120)|
|Alignement:||Always neutral good|
The humanoid is small enough to land in a human palm and has tall pointed ears, long thin limbs and a body of heroic proportions. It flies on gossamer wings trailing stardust.
Aeries are sprites, smaller cousins to pixies. Less concerned with pranks and more with simply enjoying fun and beauty, aeries are creatures of conflicting drives. Generally stay-at-homes who enjoy the good life, they can be intensely curious when not overtaken by shyness or laziness. Aeries sometimes get attached to larger folk and follow them around, often adopting traits similar to their companion.
Aeries prosper in any place of great natural beauty or that satisfies their curiosity. A few aeries even live in cities, usually as invisible observers. In areas dominated by evil they sometimes maintain small hidden havens of beauty. Aeries love to craft beautiful and intricate things, and can get mesmerized by artful devices.
An aerie stands about ten inches tall (a full foot if you include the wings), have a wingspan of a foot and a half, and weight about 10 ounces.
Aeries prefer to remain out of sight of combat and only fight if their chosen glade or nest is threatened. Even then, their reaction might be to run to larger allies for help. When they do fight, aeries present a brave front and advance with spells and rapiers at the ready.
An aerie can live in most environments wearing virtually nothing due to its constant endure elements effect.
Am aerie can use the following spell-like abilities at will: dancing lights, detect good, detect evil, detect magic, electric jolt, and faerie fire. A aerie can use detect thoughts (DC 12 + Cha bonus), glitterdust (DC 12 + Cha bonus), and dispel magic, once per day each. It uses these spell-like abilities as a level 3 sorcerer.
Skills: +2 racial bonus on Listen, Search, and Spot checks. Aeries can use their Dexterity bonus instead of their Strength bonus on Climb, Jump and Swim checks.
Aeries as Familiars
A character with the Improved Familiar feat of at least 7th level and compatible alignment can gain an Aerie as a familiar.
Aeries as Characters
Aerie adventurers are motivated by curiosity and fun. They tend to take adventures less than seriously and seek unusual solutions to problems. They are good choices for players who like to play happy-go-lucky characters and want some magic to carry out their plans. They are also less disruptive as characters than many other fey.
The aerie progresses by abilities and powers, always remaining at one hit dice. As 1 HD creatures, they can elect to take a class level at first level, tough they lose their spell and damage resistance that way.
- Starting Ability Score Adjustments: -8 Str, +8 Dex, +2 Int, +2 Cha. Aeries are physically weak but make up for it in other areas. A fully-developed aerie has -8 Strength, +10 Dexterity, +4 Intelligence, +4 Charisma.
- Tiny: As Tiny creatures, aeries gain a +2 size bonus to Armor Class, a +2 size bonus on attack rolls, -8 penalty on grapple checks, and a +8 size bonus on Hide checks, but they must use smaller weapons than Medium-size creatures do, and their lifting and carrying limits are half of those of Medium-size characters. Gear scaled to aeries weight 1/10 of normal and have half the normal cost.
- Speed: Aerie land speed is 20 feet.
- Low-Light Vision: Aeries can see twice as far as a human in starlight, moonlight, torchlight, and similar conditions of poor illumination. They retain the ability to distinguish color and detail under these conditions.
- Skills: +2 racial bonus on Listen, Search, and Spot checks. Aeries can use their Dexterity bonus instead of their Strength bonus on Climb, Jump and Swim checks.
- Automatic Languages: Common, Sylvan. Bonus Languages: Auran, Elven, Gnome, Halfling.
- Favored Class: Sorcerer. The best multiclassing choices for an aerie are bard, rogue, scout, and wizard.
|1st||1||Adaptable, lesser aerie powers 1/day/level, Weapon Finesse|
|2nd||Fly 30 ft. (good), Dodge, Major aerie powers 1/day, +2 Int|
|3rd||Fly 60 ft. (perfect). Lesser aerie powers at will, +2 Dex, +2 Cha|
All of the following are features of the aerie race.
Feats: An aerie receives Weapon Finesse as a bonus feat at 1st level and Dodge at 2nd level. At each class level it gains feats normally according to its hit dice.
Adaptable (Su): An aerie can live in varying environments wearing virtually nothing due to its constant endure elements effect.
Lesser Aerie Powers (Sp): A aerie can use each of the following spell-like abilities once per day per race level: dancing lights, detect chaos, detect good, detect evil, detect law, detect magic, electric jolt, faerie fire, and invisibility (self only). Its caster level for all spell-like abilities is equal to its race level. At level 3, the aerie can use these powers at will.
Major Aerie Powers (Sp): Beginning at 2nd level, a aerie can use detect thoughts (DC 12 + Cha bonus), glitterdust (DC 12 + Cha bonus), and dispel magic, once per day each.
Fay (Aerie) Hit Dice
An Aerie can opt to advance in Fay (Aerie) hit dice instead of by class level. The Fay (Aerie) class has only one level.
Table: Aerie by HD
|Level||Hit Dice||Base Attack Bonus||Fort Save||Ref Save||Will Save||Special|
|1st||1d6||+0||+0||+2||+2||DR 5/cold iron, spell resistance 16|
All of the following are features of the aerie monster class.
The aerie's class skills (and the key ability for each skill) are Concentration (Con), Craft (Int), Escape artist (Dex), Handle animal (Cha), Heal (Wis), Hide (Dex), Knowledge (nature) (Int), Move Silently (Dex), Perform (Cha), Spot (Wis).
Skill Points at First Level: (6 + Int modifier) x4.
Skill Points at Each Additional Level: 6 + Int modifier.
All of the following are class features of the aerie monster class.
Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Aeries are proficient with all simple weapons and with the rapier, but not with armor or shields.
Faerie resistance: An aerie with fay hit dice gains damage resistance 5/cold iron.