Magnus spots them too, but is unable to tell what they are. However, the creatures reveal themselves, swinging down out of the branches towards you. Each slender, leathery form is about four feet long, mottled brown and green to blend with the surroundings. Each creature moves itself by means of a pair of long tentacles. A mass of eight smaller tentacles writhes toward you as the creature descends. Above the mass of tentacles are two large, staring eyes.
Initiative rolls and actions, please. Auric and Magnus can act in the surprise round.
Magnus Initiative: 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (18) + 6 = 24
Sailors' Initiative: 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (18) + 2 = 20
Opponents' Initiative: 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (16) + 7 = 23
Magnus gives a gasp and raises his hands. With a few arcane commands a bright blast of color hits three of the creatures, sending them sprawling senseless to the jungle floor. Tuboo bounds for the cover of the foliage.
The remaining creatures come at your landing party from all sides, swiftly descending into the branches directly overhead in a rush. As they descend, the flailing tentacles reveal a sharp, gnashing beak in their midst. Charge attacks all around. Stilgar, Auric, and Kalaya are targets, as are the six sailors.
Your party members manage to avoid the grasping tentacles, but four of the sailors cry out as they are struck, and three of them are grabbed and lifted off their feet!