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The achaierai is a large, bird-like extraplanar creature.

Achaierai is pronounced "a-CHY-ur-y".[1]

Description

Appearance

The achaierai is described as an enormous flightless bird with four stilt-like legs, a plump, hulking body, blunt, shaggy stubs for wings, and a parrot-like head. Its plumage is mostly red with orange and yellow highlights, though its sides and stumpy wings are blue and green.

Personality and alignment

Achaierai are evil, clever, and predatory, with a distinct taste for torture. An achaierai is always lawful evil.

Abilities and traits

Achaierai can release a choking, toxic black cloud that causes temporary insanity. Their forelegs are also powerful weapons, being able to deliver an extremely powerful kick, and to grab and grasp prey. It can also attack with its beak.

Ecology

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Environment

Lair

Life cycle

Diet

Treasure

Harvesting

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History

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Society and culture

Organization

Achaierai hunt together in small flocks.

Allies

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Enemies

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Religion

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Language

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Notable achaierai

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For a full list of achaierai, see Category:Achaierai.

In other worlds

Eberron

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Publication history

AD&D 1st edition

The achaierai first appeared in the Fiend Folio (1e) (1981) for Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st edition.

AD&D 2nd edition

The achaierai was updated for Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition in the MC14 Monstrous Compendium: Fiend Folio Appendix (1992), and was also included in Planes of Law (1995).

D&D 3rd edition

The achaierai appeared in the Monster Manual (3.0) (2000), and Monster Manual (3.5) (2003).

D&D miniatures

Wizards of the Coast released the following miniatures products featuring the achaierai:

  • D&D Miniatures: Aberrations set #26 (2004)

Creative origins

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Reception and influence

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Like most D&D 3.5 monsters, the achaierai was imported into Paizo's Pathfinder role-playing game, appearing in Pathfinder Bestiary 2 (2010).

External links

References

  1. Ay pronunseeAYshun gyd, Dragon #93 (Jan 1985), p.30.
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