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Augerwing

Source Starfinder #36: Professional Courtesy pg. 57

Augerwing CR 5

XP 1,600
N Medium animal
Init +5; Senses low-light vision; Perception +16

Defense

HP 70
EAC 17; KAC 19
Fort +7; Ref +9; Will +4;

Offense

Speed 20 ft., fly 50 ft. (Ex, perfect), swim 10 ft.
Melee beak +11 (1d6+8 P) or talon +9 (1d8+8 S; critical 1d4 bleed)
Ranged enzyme jet +14 (1d10+5 A plus embalming enzymes)
Offensive Abilities impale

Statistics

STR +3; DEX +5; CON +2; INT -4; WIS +0; CHA +0
Skills Acrobatics +16 (+24 to fly), Athletics +11 (+19 to swim)

Ecology

Environment any land or sky
Organization solitary, pair, quiver (3–10), flight (11–30)

Special Abilities

Enzyme Jet (Ex) As a ranged attack, an augerwing can open its beak pores to spray high-pressure streams of ink-like enzymes with a maximum range of 30 feet and no range increment. This attack has the unwieldy weapon special property and can be used only every 1d4+1 rounds.
Impale (Ex) An augerwing can perform a spiraling dive to drive its beak into prey. When the augerwing performs a charge and deals damage, if the result of the attack rolls meets or exceeds the target’s KAC + 4, the augerwing’s beak pierces the target’s body; if the target is Medium or smaller, it is also grappled. The augerwing can keep its beak embedded in the target if it succeeds at further grapple combat maneuvers as normal; it receives a +4 racial bonus to these attacks. A creature can pull out the augerwing’s beak (and remove the grappled condition) with a successful Acrobatics check to escape or grapple combat maneuver as normal for the condition. A creature impaled in this way is exposed to embalming enzymes (see above) at the start of its turn.

Embalming Enzymes

Type poison (injury)
Track Dexterity (special); Frequency 1/minute for 10 minutes
Effect progression track is Healthy—Sluggish—Stiffened—Staggered—Immobile
Cure 2 consecutive saves

Description

An augerwing is a tall, lean bird with two sets of wings and eight legs. Its long, sinuous, rasp-covered beak splits into multiple sections, each of which sports numerous pores. Colored bright yellow or red, each augerwing’s beak displays a pattern of spots unique to that individual. An augerwing has eight spindly legs and two sets of wings with muted brown, gray, and white plumage, keeping its secondary wingspan close to its body when not in use. By switching between wing pairs while flying, an augerwing moves through the air in a hypnotic, twisting spiral pattern that has endeared Pharasmin cultures to this strange avian.

When hunting, an augerwing approaches its prey in a rapid, spinning dive. Strong muscular and skeletal structures help the bird muster the power to drill into their target’s flesh. It then continues to twist and stab, injecting fixative enzymes into its prey to limit mobility.

Groups of augerwings use large animal carcasses as nests and lay their tiny eggs inside the corpse’s bones; after the eggs have hatched, these hollowed-out bones resemble flutes and can fetch a high price. The birds have spread throughout Near Space and have mostly resisted domestication efforts.