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Siren

This creature has the body of a hawk and the head of a beautiful woman with long, shining hair.

Siren CR 5

XP 1,600

CN Medium magical beast

Init +3; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision; Perception +15

Defense

AC 18, touch 14, flat-footed 14 (+3 Dex, +1 dodge, +4 natural)

hp 52 (8d10+8)

Fort +7, Ref +11, Will +6

Immune mind-affecting effects

Offense

Speed 30 ft., fly 60 ft. (good)

Melee 2 talons +11 (1d6)

Special Attacks bardic performance, siren's song, sneak attack +2d6

Spell-Like Abilities (CL 7th; concentration +12)

3/day—cause fear (DC 16), charm person (DC 16), deep slumber (DC 18), shout (DC 19)

Statistics

Str 10, Dex 17, Con 12, Int 14, Wis 19, Cha 21

Base Atk +8; CMB +8; CMD 22

Feats Dodge, Flyby Attack, Lightning Reflexes, Weapon Finesse

Skills Fly +7, Knowledge (history) +10, Perception +15, Perform (sing) +13, Stealth +14

Languages Auran, Common

Ecology

Environment temperate or warm hills

Organization solitary or flight (2–7)

Treasure standard

Special Abilities

Bardic Performance (Su) A siren may use bardic performance as a 4th-level bard (9 rounds/day), and can use countersong, distraction, fascinate, inspire competence, and inspire courage. Levels in the bard class stack with this ability.

Siren Song (Su) When a siren sings, all non-sirens within a 300-foot spread must succeed on a DC 19 Will save or become enthralled (see below). The effect depends on the type of song the siren chooses, and continues for as long as the siren sings and for 1 round thereafter. A creature that successfully saves cannot be affected again by any of that siren's songs for 1 hour. These are sonic, mind-affecting effects. The save DC is Charisma-based. Enthralled creatures behave in one of the following four ways, which the siren chooses when she begins singing.

• Captivation: This functions exactly like a harpy's captivating song.

• Fascination: Affected creatures are fascinated.

• Obsession: An obsessed victim becomes defensive of the siren and does all he can to prevent harm from coming to her, going so far as attacking his allies in her defense. The victim is not controlled by the siren, but views her as a cherished ally. This is a charm effect.

• Slumber: The victim immediately falls asleep, rendering the creature helpless. While the siren is singing, no noise will wake the sleeping creature, though slapping or wounding him does. The creature continues sleeping for 1d4 minutes after the siren stops singing, but can be awakened by loud noises or any other normal method.

These bizarre beings have the bodies of hawks, owls, or eagles, but the heads of beautiful human women. Their faces typically reflect the human ethnicity dominant in the area in which they lair, and they almost always bear a vibrant and youthful countenance.

All sirens are female and long-lived. The oldest known sirens haunt their territories for nearly a millennium, although most only live for a few hundred years. Sirens require male humanoids to mate, and several times per decade either capture or rescue bold or comely sailors who enter their territories. Stories abound of sirens dying—either through heartache or suicide—when sailors they attempted to lure overcame their compelling powers and escaped their grasps. Sirens always live near the sea, where their powerful voices can carry over the waves and attract the attention of unwary sailors who trespass near their isles.

A typical siren has a wing span of 8 feet, and weighs 120 pounds.