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Uraeus

By GoShow - Own work from My Flickr.com, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20486818, Uraeus
By GoShow – Own work from My Flickr.com, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20486818

This large two-headed cobra can fly thanks to a large pair of sleek, black-feathered wings that sprout from its serpentine body.

Source Osirion, Legacy of the Pharaohs pg. 63
Originally posted in Archives of Nethys

Said to be children of the river goddess Wadjet, uraeuses are known throughout the Nile Basin as benevolent guardians of the River and its confluences and tributaries. They are fierce opponents of any who would dare threaten the rivers’ ability to serve as travel routes, and never hesitate to harry individuals whose efforts are opposed to the goals of Wadjet and her worshipers, as well as anyone whose influence risks leading the rulers of Osirion into folly. Uraeuses sometimes band together in large nests to destroy the massive and terrible hetkoshus that occasionally threaten the Nile and its tributaries, though such attacks are met with mixed success. When a nest of uraeuses is too small to handle a hetkoshu or other waterway threat, they may seek aid from loyal river clerics of Wadjet or renowned adventurers who respect the pharaoh and the old ways. Uraeuses often hunt other dangerous prey such as asps, as well, and there are frequent stories of uraeuses saving children from venomous snakes, gars, and even hippopotamuses. In Ancient times, some legends claim that during times of unusual danger, Wadjet sent throngs of uraeuses to warn the pharaoh of advisors or spies who would lead him to folly.

In addition to their duties as river protectors, uraeuses accept offerings to Wadjet from her faithful, including gifts of incense, spices, gold, and other tithings. In exchange, they teach Wadjet’s flock the wisdom of the river and how to best serve Osirian society and its leaders. Patience, industry, and a willingness to listen to others are among the qualities they seek to instill in supplicants who seek them out. Uraeuses are always vigilant in their search for potential leaders for their goddess’s church, and they keep a keen eye out for supplicants who may possess the gift of the river or who would otherwise serve as useful servants for their mother goddess.

Uraeus CR 5
XP 1,600

LG Medium magical beast

Init +7; Senses darkvision 60 ft., Low-Light Vision, Scent; Perception +16
DEFENSE
AC 19, touch 13, flat-footed 16 (+3 Dexterity, +6 natural)

hp 52 (7d10+14)

Fort +7, Ref +8, Will +4

Immune disease, poison
OFFENSE
Speed 20 ft., Climb 20 ft., Fly 50 ft. (average), Swim 20 ft.

Melee 2 bites +10 (1d6+3 plus poison)

Special Attacks breath weapon (30-ft. line, blinded for 1 round and must save against poison, Reflex DC 15 negates, usable every 1d4 rounds for each head)
STATISTICS
Strength 17, Dexterity 16, Constitution 14, Intelligence 15, Wisdom 14, Charisma 15

Base Atk +7; CMB +10; CMD 23

Feats Acrobatic, Combat Expertise, Flyby Attack, Improved Initiative

Skills Acrobatics +15, Climb +17, Fly +11, Knowledge (religion) +5, Perception +16, Sense Motive +9, Stealth +9, Swim +17; Racial Modifiers +4 Acrobatics, +8 Perception

Languages Aquan, Common, Osiriani
SPECIAL ABILITIES
Poison (Ex) Bite or breath weapon – contact or injury; save Fort DC 15; frequency 1/round for 2 rounds; initial effect blinded and paralyzed for 1 round; secondary effect blinded for 2d4 rounds; cure 2 consecutive saves.
ECOLOGY
Environment warm rivers

Organization solitary, pair, or nest (3-8)

Treasure standard
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