Sword-Billed Stone Singer

A large, steel-feathered crane with a beak as sharp as a rapier, the swordbilled stone singer is a rightfully feared bird of paradise with a song that can turn its victims to stone. While not as conventionally attractive as the other birds, it makes up for it with pure spite and deadly abilities. Stone singers seeks out attractive humanoids as its preferred victims. These individuals make for the finest statues upon which the bird rears its young, a grim fate for any who dare underestimate its unassuming appearance. The stone singer also attacks out of contempt, particularly if unattractive individuals wander into its territory. Obsessive and meticulous, a stone singer seeks to turn its territory in a picturesque oasis of beauty. Petrified creatures are often reshaped by the bird’s magic, twisted into more artful shapes. This habit has devastating consequences for a creature restored to its natural state. The sight of deformed and unnatural-shaped locals are a good indicator they have suffered the wrath of a nearby stone singer.


SWORD-BILLED STONE SINGER

Small fey, chaotic evil

Armor Class 19 (natural armor)
Hit Points 180(23d6 + 100)
Speed 10 ft., fly 50 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
14 (+2) 22 (+6) 20 (+5) 17 (+3) 19 (+4) 26 (+8)

Saving Throws Dex +11, Con +10, Wis +9
Skills Athletics +12, Insight +14, Nature +8, Perception +9, Performance +18, Stealth +11
Damage Resistances acid, psychic
Condition Immunities charmed
Senses truesight 120 ft., passive Perception 19
Languages Common, Sylvan
Challenge 14 (11,500 XP)


TRAITS

Focused Mind. The stone singer has advantage on Constitution saving throws to maintain concentration and can concentrate on up to two effects at a time.
Innate Spellcasting. The stone singer’s spellcasting ability is Charisma (spell save DC 21). It can innately cast the following spells, requiring no material components:

  • At will: meld into stone, pass without trace, stone shape, telekinesis
  • 1/day each: earthquake, transmute rock

Petrifying Song. When a creature that can hear the stone singer starts its turn, the stone singer can force it to attempt a DC 21 Constitution saving throw if the stone singer isn’t incapacitated. A creature that fails the saving throw is restrained until the start of its next turn, as its flesh begins to harden. If a creature fails three saving throws against this effect within 24 hours, it is permanently petrified. If a creature succeeds on three saving throws against this effect within 24 hours, the creature is immune to this effect for 24 hours. Unless surprised, a creature can cover its ears to avoid the saving throw at the start of its turn. If the creature does so, it is deafened until the start of its next turn and cannot use any limbs it is using to cover its ears. If a creature hears the stone singer in the meantime, it must immediately attempt the saving throw.


ACTIONS

Stunning Shriek (Recharge 5–6). The stone singer emits a shriek of incredible intensity. Each creature within 60 feet of the stone singer must succeed on a DC 21 Constitution saving throw or be stunned for 1 minute. A stunned creature can repeat this saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on a success.


REACTIONS

Sound of Mind. When the stone singer fails an Intelligence, Wisdom, or Charisma saving throw, it can take a reaction to succeed instead.


Ref: TPKB1 p68