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5e: Thunderscreech

Thunderscreech Image by Matt Bulahao

Last year, I had a series of blog posts that shared all the conjurable creatures in the 5e MM and I noticed that it was a rather thin selection. I decided to do something about that, seeing as how summoning monsters is something I enjoy doing. I’ve been working for the last few months when I have time (both seconds) on increasing that number. Today I thought I would share with you one of those creatures. This one is ideal for the conjure minor elemental spell, usable by wizards and druids.

Thunderscreech

Small elemental, chaotic neutral
Armor Class 13
Hit Points 33 (6d6 + 12)
Speed 10 ft., fly 30 ft.


STR 13 (+1) DEX 16 (+3) CON 14 (+2)
INT 9 (–1) WIS 12 (+1) CHA 6 (–2)


Saving Throws Dex +5, Con +4
Damage Immunities lightning, poison, thunder
Condition Immunities poisoned
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 11
Languages Auran
Challenge 1/2 (100 XP)

Actions

Lightning Claws. Melee Weapon Attack: +3 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 4 (1d6+1) piercing damage plus 2 (1d4) lightning damage. Miss: 1 (1d2) lightning damage.
Deafening Screech (Recharge 6). As an action a thunderscreech can let out a deafening cry. All creatures within 10 feet must succeed a DC 12 Constitution save or take 7 (2d6) thunder damage.

Looking like a bird the size of a gnome wreathed in lightning, a thunderscreech is known for its distinctive cry as it swoops in for the kill. A favorite among druids, the thunderscreech will sit upon the shoulder of the one that summoned it until it is given a command, its eyes darting around looking for signs of trouble.

Its exact form varies, covering all types of avians. It frequently appears as an owl for a wizard and a hawk or an eagle for druids. Some scholars believe that the thunderscreech that answers the summoning shares similarities to caster. Others believe that the thunderscreech can change its form to be looked upon more favorably by the summoning caster.

Check out the other monsters we created for Fifth Edition in the Book of Beasts: Monsters of the Forbidden Woods at JonBrazer.com. You can also find this at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo and the OpenGamingStore.

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