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AVIAN TROLL
Created 1982 ("Yar"...I think the name was acquired from an Atari 2600 game) by my friend Jerry, redrawn 1994, updated 2002

FREQUENCY: Very Rare
NO. APPEARING: 2-6
ARMOR CLASS: 5
MOVE: 3"/16" (MC:B)
HIT DICE: 7+7
% IN LAIR: 10%
TREASURE TYPE: Q (in nest)
NO. OF ATTACKS: 2
DAMAGE: 1-12/1-12 (in flight)
SPECIAL ATTACKS: See below
SPECIAL DEFENSES: Regeneration, surprised on a 1
MAGIC RESISTANCE: Standard
INTELLIGENCE: Low
ALIGNMENT: CE
SIZE: L (20' wingspan)
PSIONIC ABILITY: nil
LEVEL/XP: VI / 1,000 + 10/hp

These gigantic bird-like horrors have all the exceptional abilities as normal Trolls, including REGENERATION (2hp per round) and INFRAVISION (100'), with the added advantage of flight.

They swoop onto anyone unfortunate enough to be under their airspace and attack with sharp talons (1-12 damage each), and can pick up and drop any humanoid of no more than 1,000 gp weight (children, elves, dwarves, halflings, very lean humans, etc.). Damage inflicted by the drop depends on the surface below, but is typically 1-6 points per ten feet (save vs. Paralyzation for half damage). Anyone directly underneath trying to catch a falling body has a percentage equal to six times their dexterity, divided by ten for every ten-foot fall distance. So, a Thief with an 18 dexterity, trying to catch someone 100' above them, still only has an 8% chance of success. However, they will always make the sacrifice of bearing half the brunt of the damage if they do fail to catch cleanly. Unless the height is extreme, if the falling body is a child, no damage will be inflicted to the would-be catcher, and the child will only retain 1-4 damage ddue to innate sturdiness.

Avian trolls with their "hands full" will be unable to defend themselves and will always let go of their payload when hit. If the Troll is perched, it is equally defenseless, so sneak attacks are always a good idea. This is a tricky thing to do, since its excellent hearing affords them the trait of only being surprised on a roll of 1.

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All artwork Copyright 2002 David C. Lovelace