Chupakabra (Forge)

Hit Points 30 +2d4
DV1 / DV2 2 / 2
Attack Value 4
# Attacks 1
Weapon Type Bite
Damage 3d4
Saving Throws 9+
Speed Walk (2) / Run (10)

Chupakabras look similar to an ostrich, except the beast has dark gray scales, and its head is more like a lizard than a bird. The creature stands seven feet tall and weighs 150 pounds. It has sharp teeth and strong jaws. Its eyes are solid red and possess no pupil. Chupakabras have night vision that extends 75 feet. Although they have wings, chupakabras are flightless birds.

When this animal attacks, it bites its prey for 3d4 damage. When a chupakabra successfully hits a victim, its eyes emit an eerie red glow. Any creature within 20 feet that views its eyes must make a saving throw vs. mind (-2) or suffer a -3 AV penalty on its next attack. Creatures attacking the chupakabra’s DV2 are exempt from the effect.

The only two methods for avoiding the attack are covering one’s eyes or averting one’s gaze. The former requires a blindfold. The blind character suffers the penalties associated with blind fighting. The latter option requires the gaze evasion skill.

Male and female chupakabras have the same general characteristics. Young chupakabras have one-half the health and damage potential as adult specimens.

Chupakabras are solitary creatures that thrive in forests and jungles in temperate and tropical climates. They generally feed on animals but will attack humanoids. They are aggressive and screech loudly before entering combat. The screech is audible up to a quarter mile away.

The scales of this adult beast are valuable. Each scale is worth 50 silver coins. A full-grown chupakabra will have 1d2 usable scales per hit point.