Frightful Fridays! Pineappowl

Frightful “Whatever, It’s Wednesday” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it. I hope to have a monster on Friday, though.

In the meantime, I’ve got a fruit/bird hybrid for you in the pineappowl. This little guy likes to bash into its prey or foes, briefly disorienting if it scores a powerful hit. It probably tastes good on pizza.

I hope you enjoy the pineappowl! Thanks for checking it out.

This rotund owl, topped with tough shoots has hard, spiky skin. It flaps its stubby wings in an effort to stay aloft.
Pineappowl      CR 1
XP 400
N Tiny animal
Init +2; Senses low-light vision; Perception +9
DEFENSE
AC 14, touch 14, flat-footed 12 (+2 Dex, +2 size)
hp 11 (2d8+2)
Fort +4, Ref +5, Will +1
Defensive Abilities pineappowl juice; DR 1/—; Immune plant traits
OFFENSE
Speed 10 ft., fly 30 ft. (poor)
Melee slam +2 (2d4–2)
Space 2–1/2 ft.; Reach 0 ft.
Special Attacks concussive critical
STATISTICS
Str 7, Dex 15, Con 12, Int 2, Wis 13, Cha 8
Base Atk +1; CMB +1; CMD 9
Feats Weapon Focus (slam)
Skills Fly +6, Perception +9, Stealth +14; Racial Modifiers +4 Perception
SQ animal/plant hybrid
ECOLOGY
Environment warm land
Organization solitary, pair, or bunch (3–12)
Treasure none
SPECIAL ABILITIES
Animal/Plant Hybrid (Ex) A pineappowl is a creature with the animal type that has plant traits. It is susceptible to mind-affecting spells and effects that specifically target animals, such as calm animals, but it gains a +4 racial bonus on saving throws against those spells and effects.
Concussive Critical (Ex) When a pineappowl scores a critical hit, the target must succeed on a DC 12 Fortitude save or become dazed for 1 round. The save DC is Constitution-based.
Pineappowl Juice (Ex) If an adjacent creature successfully hits a pineappowl with a melee attack that deals slashing or piercing damage, the creature must succeed on a DC 12 Fortitude save or become partially blinded, taking a –2 penalty on Perception checks and attack rolls for 1 minute. The creature can take a standard action to clear its eyes, removing the penalty. The save DC is Constitution-based.

Pineappowls are birds with a combination of animal and plant flesh and a hardy plantlike epidermis. Scholars speculate an ancient cabal of druids thoroughly crossbred owls and pineapples, and the resulting creatures essentially became naturally-occurring. Pineappowls are carnivorous animals and require a diet of rodents and other small animals to thrive. However, in dire circumstances, they latch onto tree trunks with their talons, allowing them to derive some sustenance from the trees. Large bunches of birds doing this simultaneously kill their hosts within days.

A typical pineappowl measures 2 feet in height and weighs 30 pounds. They have 10-year natural lifespans and produce a brood of young once a year after they have matured, which takes 3 months. A mated pair of pineappowls produces eggs, which the parents bury in the dirt for safekeeping. Both parents watch over the hidden eggs from a distance. When young pineappowls burst through their eggs, they possess a smaller version of their parents’ hardened crowns, which allow them to push through the dirt. At this point, the pineappowl parents take a more active role in protecting their young and eventually teaching their young to fly.

A neutral spellcaster with the Improved Familiar feat can gain a pineappowl as a familiar at 5th level. The spellcaster gains a +1 bonus to natural armor while the spellcaster and pineappowl are within 1 mile of each other.

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