New Mutant Monday #21 - Halias

Chris Van Deelen

No. Enc: 1d4-1 (always minimum of 1)
Alignment:  Neutral
Movement: 210’ (70’) Flight
                    90’ (30’) ground
AC: 2
HD: 6
Attacks: 2 claws and one beak 
Damage: 4d6+3 / 4d6+3 / 3d6+1
Save: L8
Morale: 7
Hoard Class: Incidental

A recent addition to the fauna of the Northwest Coastline, these are Uplifted eagles. They were only recently effected by The Uplift virus and are still very rare, with only a few hundred, at the most, living along the coastline in the mountains.

Physically, these Uplifts appear to be larger than usual eagles, standing on their hind legs they can reach about six feet in height but are quite light-weight, only massing about 80 pounds each. They have developed human-level Intelligence and have grown an additional pair of arms with fully functional hands.

As a new species, they have yet to develop a truly unique culture, but have managed to create a language which consists of cries, screeches and other sounds. It is still what many would call primitive, but with each passing generation, the language grows and expands.

They like to make their nests high in the mountains, where they are safe from many of the predators which would hunt their eggs and young. They have also developed a unique mutation which allows them to endure even the harshest of winter conditions without suffering from hypothermia. They seem to be perfectly comfortable in the middle of a deep and deadly blizzard as they are soaring high in the summer sunlight.

As such, they are completely immune to cold and cold-based attacks. If they are forced to engage in combat, they have wickedly sharp talons and they can bite with their beaks, inflicting terrible wounds.

Typically these Uplifts are loners, except when they find the urge to mate becomes overpowering. This happens approximately every two years, and there is no season. When a male and female meet, if the pheromones and the timing is right, they will roost together and mate.

Oddly enough, the male always gives up his nest to the female, and after mating, he spends most of the time hunting to bring her food. This is vital, because the developing eggs do not share the same immunities to cold as the parents, and if they are left to the elements for too long, the eggs will perish.

After mating, the female will lay 1d4 eggs in 21 days. She will then incubate the eggs for a total of four months, at which time they will hatch. The chicks, upon hatching, will gain the immunity to cold mutation and they can then be left on their own without fear of the elements killing them.

The female will continue to sit with the young, keeping them warm and safe but she will occasionally leave to hunt, allowing the male to stay with the chicks. They grow quickly, reaching sexual maturity within 18 months, at which time they will leave the nest to start their own lives.

These creatures have not yet developed a need for treasure and do not understand how to use artifacts, but they are learning. They are also quite shy around humanoids, preferring to avoid encounters as much as possible. In a few generations, this could change.

When force to fight, they will use their wickedly sharp and deadly talons first, then hit with a bite. Few humanoids or smaller predators can withstand just how devastating these attacks can be and will typically flee. The creatures will not pursue, unless the target of their wrath has in some way harmed their young or mates. Otherwise, if the creature flees, they are content to leave them be.

Mutations: Aberrant Form (xenomorphism), increased physical attribute (Dexterity and Strength) increased senses (hearing, sight)