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With a body length of nearly 3 feet and a wingspan of 8 feet, the blood eagle is without a doubt the largest eagle you've ever seen. The body is covered with brown and black feathers and its powerful wings raise dust whenever the eagle nears ground. Large black eyes gleam with intelligence and claws sharp enough to rip apart a bear give this creature a distinctively threatening appearance.
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Between the years 5101 and 5103, blood eagles were the Unofficial method of entering the town of River's Rest for characters that arrived with no coins (to pay the drawbridge toll) and no crystal amulets (to return to Wehnimer's Landing.) This was accomplished via the blood eagles' maneuver attack, in which the eagle would dive at an adventurer and send him or her crashing into the Citadel's ravine. Before this time, blood eagles were known to drop silver coins when slain, but the town guru of the time, Bradach, changed the creatures so they no longer dropped coins.
With blinding speed, a blood eagle swoops around behind you and hooks its claws into you! With a great flap of its wings, the blood eagle carries you off into the air!
The air whooshes by you at great speed, then suddenly stops as you hit the ground with a "THUD!".
... 15 points of damage!
Nasty blow to your right arm!
You are stunned for 1 round!
You are at the very bottom of a ravine. Above you looms an odd structure with ropes and pulleys and lots of things that do complex stuff. It looks as if the only way out of here is up the southern wall.
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