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2008-06-17, 05:48 PM
Dove (Hand Bird)
Tiny Abberation (possibly animal)
HD 1d8 (4 HP)
Speed Fly 20 ft. Poor (4 squares)
Init: +0
AC 10; touch 10; flat-footed 10
BAB +1; Grp +2
Attack Claws +2
(1d3, x2, +1) (only one attack)
Space 2 1/2 ft.; Reach 0 ft.
Special AttacksNone
Special QualitiesDarkvision 60ft (not actual vision)
Saves Fort +2 Ref +0 Will +0
Abilities Str 12, Dex 10, Con 10, Int 4, Wis 10, Cha 6
Skills Spot +4
Feats Flyby Attack,
Environment Any (most likely Warm, however)
Organization Flock (4-8)
Challenge Rating 1
Treasure None
Alignment Any
Advancement 1-3 HD
Level Adjustment +0

The doves flew across the barren land, searching, always searching for food. They were the weaklings of their kind, often prey themselves. But the people feared them and they fed on the people. They would fall as one upon their prey, scratching until its screams stopped. Each dove resembled nothing so much as a pair of human hands linked by the thumbs. They continued their flight with the strange, flapping movement that betrayed what they were.

Doves are minor imagos from the mirror world from beyond the tain. They are basically a pair of human hands hooked by the thumbs into a crude bird-shape. They fly by absurd flapping motions that only work because they are not completely bound by normal laws of physics. Doves often travel in groups while hunting for food. They eat through a seemingly impossible digestive process that produces no waste. It is hypothesized that since they do not exist in their true form, their chemical process cannot resemble anything from the human side of the mirror. How they are able to see without eyes is also a mystery. This is not true "vision", but a cruder form of it

Darkvision - Doves have no eyes to see with, but they do posses a vision that is beyond understanding. They are easily capable of "seeing" in darkness for up to 60 feet.

Flyby Attack - Doves can make a dive when flying, without taking a second move action.

Combat: Doves prefer to dive-bomb their prey in swarms, raking flesh with their sharp claws. They are not particularly strong or capable. Because they are clumsy in flight, they are especially susceptible to missile weapons. They rely on the fear humans have of them and the element of surprise to win.

(from the novella "The Tain", by China Mieville) With a few adjustments. So? :smallsmile:

2008-06-18, 10:09 PM
CR should probably be 1/2. They are slow, and don't do much damage. Compare to a hawk probably...