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IXTAR
Created 1981 ("Ix-Tarex"), updated 1989

FREQUENCY: Uncommon
NO. APPEARING: 10-40
ARMOR CLASS: 10 or 0
MOVE: 14" (MC:A)
HIT DICE: 1-1
% IN LAIR: 10%
TREASURE TYPE: nil (see below)
NO. OF ATTACKS: 1
DAMAGE: 1-2 or 1-3
SPECIAL ATTACKS: nil
SPECIAL DEFENSES: Surprised on a 1
MAGIC RESISTANCE: See below
INTELLIGENCE: Animal
ALIGNMENT: N
SIZE: S (1' wingspan)
PSIONIC ABILITY: nil
LEVEL/XP: II / 53 +1/hp

The avian Ixtar nests in remote mountaintops or forests, greatly fearing intruders. Only surprised on a 1, the creatures will fly away as any other fearful animal in the woods might when danger is near. However, there is a 20% chance for any Ixtar present that they will attack out of hunger anyone wearing brightly colored clothing, and if more than 6 attack, the rest of the swarm will engage as well.

The creature flies extremely nimbly and is very difficult to hit when doing so (effective armor class 0). It will either bite (1-3) or hit with a whip-like wing or tail (1-2).

These cycloptic, betentacled birds are almost impossible to capture live, and are worth 300-500gp each in a cage. They are highly valued by Magic Users dead as well; their beaks in powdered form can be used as a material component substitute for many spells requiring a powdered gemstone of some sort. 4 carcasses will bring a sale of 100-600gp from a knowledgeable client.

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