Beast number three is an easy one. The Augurey is essentially an emaciated, noisy vulture and there’s already monster stats for Vultures in the Monster Manual. It does have a couple of neat features though. Well, I say neat, it has some slightly impressive abilities that are worth adding to its stats.
Firstly, this bedraggled bird can accurately predict the weather. Well, it can predict rain. It’s hardly something to boast about, but I’ve learnt that whatever you give to a D&D player, they’ll find some use for it.
Secondly, it sounds really scary. Again, it’s not going to lead to a TPK (Total Party Kill) but there’s I’m definitely going to place this bird in a horror setting to freak the party out – “As you ascend the stairs you hear a baneful cry that seems to signal the coming of your own death” – only to reveal an weird looking bird sat on a perch.
The main aspect of the Augurey’s Call is that it’s all in the mind. It sure sounds terrifying, but as soon as you realise the bird is just moaning about the weather, it just becomes really annoying, as Fantastic Beasts suggests.
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So far we’ve had a huge spider, an ash snake and a loud bird. Next, I’m tackling the big bad Basilisk. A monster that is not only highly dangerous, but also has a rival D&D Basilisk to contend with.