Creature Spotlight: Lyn’skyurr
I didn’t copy the monster, just used it for my inspiration. I based it on a flying squirrel, then gave it the Dire and Saurian creature templates (I used the Asp snake for the poison bite) instead of dragon (it was a wyvern in the game), with a hint if the thunder child creature from The Advanced Bestiary. Of course, it can grow larger as it ages. I din’t make it as powerful as these templates allowed, but picked and chose what I wanted.
I made the name up by combining Lyn from Norwegian and Skyurr from Armenian. Combined it means Lightning Squirrel. Below is a slide show of prehistoric and present-day creatures as well as the one from Monster Hunter Worlds, that I used for my creature building.
Below is the creature in two different formats, word and from Homebrewery (I’m still learning to input here):
Lyn’Skyurr (Lightning Squirrel) CR 4
N Small magical beast (augmented, air)
Init +6; Senses darkvision 60 ft, low-light vision, scent; Perception +10
AC 21, touch 17, flat-footed 15 (+2 Dex, +4 natural armor, +1 size, +4 dodge bonus to AC)
hp 46 hp (5d10+15)
Fort +6, Ref +7, Will +4
Speed 60 ft., fly 40 ft. (clumsy)
Melee 2 claws +7 (1d3+2 plus rake+1d6 electricity), bite +6 (1d4+1 plus poison or +1d6 electricity)
Special Attacks electricity, leaping pounce, poison, rake
Space 5ft., Reach 5 ft.
Str 12, Dex 15, Con 16, Int 4, Wis 16, Cha 10
Base Atk +5; CMB +5; CMD 17 (10 vs. trip)
Feats Improved Initiative, Skill Focus (Stealth), Weapon Focus (claws)
Skills Acrobatics +20 (+16 when jumping), Climb +12, Fly +4, Stealth +15, Survival +10; Racial Modifiers +16 Acrobatics, +8 Climb, +4 Perception, +8 Survival
Environment temperate forests
Organization solitary, pair or nest (3–8)
Electricity (Ex) Each of the Lyn’skyurr’s natural melee attacks deal +1d6 points of electricity damage. Any creature grappling a Lyn’skyurr takes 2d6 points of electricity damage each round that the grapple is maintained.
Glide (Ex) A Lyn’skyurr cannot use its fly speed to hover. When flying, a Lyn’skyurr must end its movement at least 5 feet lower in elevation than where it started.
Although not capable of actual flight, a Lyn’skyurr possesses a furry membrane stretching between its wrists and ankles, allowing it to glide for long distances.
Leaping Pounce (Ex) When a Lyn’skyurr charges a foe and jumps for at least the last 10 feet of movement, it may make a full attack, including rake attacks.
Rake (Ex) A Lyn’skyurr with this special attack gains extra natural attacks under certain conditions, typically when it grapples its foe. In addition to the options available to all grapplers, a Lyn’skyurr gains two free claw attacks that it can use only against a grappled foe. The bonus and damage caused by these attacks is included in the Lyn’skyurr’s description. A Lyn’skyurr must begin its turn already grappling to use its rake—it can’t begin a grapple and rake in the same turn.
Poison (Ex) Bite—injury; save Fort DC15; frequency 1/round for 6 rounds; effect 1d2 Con; cure 2 consecutive saves. The save DC includes a +2 racial bonus. Useable 1/round.
Lyn’skyurr appear to be small reptilian creatures with the head of an asp, and the body of a flying squirrel. The lower part of their body is covered in grayish-green scales, while along their spine it is covered in dark gray fur. This fur appears to constantly have static electricity coursing through it.
These creatures are mostly ambush hunters, when young they hunt in packs but when they mature and take a mate, they hunt in pairs or as a family unit.
Some Lyn’skyurr have been known to have rudimentary language skills. Some believe it’s mimicry, while others believe that they have a rudimentary Intelligence. Some humanoids train Lyn’skyurr as bestial guardians.
When a Lyn’skyurr advances to Large or above, the creature the begins to become a more dangerous predator and use its natural weapons to better advantage.
Bite Becomes the Lyn’skyurr’s primary attack that deals 2d6 damage plus 1-1/2 times the Lyn’skyurr’s Strength bonus (even though it has more than one attack). A Lyn’skyurr’s bite attack has reach as if the creature were one size category larger (+10 feet for Colossal Lyn’skyurrs).
Claws The Lyn’skyurr’s claws become its secondary attack and deals the 1d8 damage plus the Lyn’skyurr’s Strength bonus.
Tail Slap The Lyn’skyurr can slap one foe each round with its tail. A tail slap is a secondary attack that deals 1d8 damage plus 1-1/2 times the dragon’s Strength bonus (this is an exception to the normal secondary attack rules).
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