The Dragonlance Nexus

Printed From:

Epoch the Everlasting

by Kendermage

Male awakened advanced dire vulture (CR 10)
Strength24 Fortitude+21 Armor Class19
Dexterity11 Reflex+12 Flat-footed AC19
Constitution29 Will+8 Touch AC10
Intelligence11 AlignmentNE Base Attack+20/+15/+10/+5
Wisdom14 Speed20 ft. Melee Attack+26/+21+16/+11
Charisma6 Initiative+0 Ranged Attack+20/+15/+10/+5
Hit Points294 SizeHuge


Fly 80 ft (average), Stench, low-light vision, resistant to disease, scent, darkvision 60 ft.

Stench (Ex): Scraps of rotting flesh cling to a dire vulture's feathers, and the fetid wind of its wings can fell even the hardiest opponent. Creatures within 20 feet of a dire vulture must succeed on a DC 20 Fortitude save or be sickened for 1d6 rounds. A creature that successfully saves can't be affected by that dire vulture's stench ability for 24 hours. The save DC is Constitution based.

Resistance to Disease (Ex): A dire vulture has a cast iron stomach. It as a +2 bonus on Fortitude saves to resist normal diseases, but not supernatural diseases such as mummy rot.


Listen +10, Spot +19*, Survival +18*
*a dire vulture has a +4 racial bonus on Spot and Survival checks


Alertness, Fly-by Attack, Hover, Improved Fly-by Attack, Snatch, Track, Wingover


Common, Kolshet


bite +26 melee (2d6+7, crit x2, piercing)


Epoch is a huge vulture with dark brown feathers, a crest of gray feathers around his neck and a bald head (no feathers, he has lived so long they have all fallen out). He is 20 feet long and has a wingspan of 40 ft.


Epoch is vain. He has lived for an incredibly long time. He is a crafty old bird always looking for the secret that will give him true immortality. Chemosh has approached him with an offer to turn him into an undead, but the wily old buzzard wants to remain among the living.


Epoch the Terrible is the last of a long lived line of vultures from the Age of Dreams. Some say his line was touched by the hand of one of the gods of darkness and this is what gives them their great size and long life spans. Epoch was supposed to turn to ice and snow when he was one eon old; which occurred at the end of the Age of Might. However he forestalled this fate by entering long periods of hibernation from which only awakens for short periods.

Design Notes:

Epoch is inspired by Eon the Terrible from Rudolph's Shiny New Year. I have ignored the events of that movie to make him into a formidable villain which would be challenge for any group of heroes.

Fan Ratings

Oops! You don't have the site cookie set. Please wait a minute and try again or click the help icon for more information.
. Tell us what you think! 

This item has been published here with permission from the author(s) and may not be reproduced without permission. This is a fan submission and its contents are completely unofficial. Some characters, places, likenesses and other names may be copyright Wizards of the Coast.