Tailypo

tailypo

“My home was ransacked, everything upturned. The thief bypassed the jewelry and weapons, but I’ll be damned if I can’t find that red tail I bought from that insurance fellow.”
—Peasant Joe

Small fey, chaotic neutral

Armor Class: 13
Hit Points: 13 (2d6+4)
Speed: 40 ft.

STR: 6 (-2)
DEX: 16 (+3)
CON: 14 (+2)
INT: 6 (-2)
WIS: 12 (+1)
CHA: 12 (+1)

Skills Stealth +5
Senses
darkvision 60 ft., passive perception 11
Languages Common, Sylvan
Challenge 1/2 (100 xp)


Innate Spellcasting. The tailypo’s spellcasting ability is Charisma (spell save DC 11). The tailypo can innately cast the following spells, requiring no material compoments:

  • At will: knock, locate creature, locate object
  • 1/day: zone of truth

ACTIONS

Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 feet., one target. Hit: 1d4+3 piercing damage.


Tailypo

Small, scraggly, and darting along the forest floor are creatures that resemble a cross between a bobcat and a mangy badger. Easily spotted by their red-tinted tails and equally bright red eyes, tailypos are rarely up to any good. Common folklore says to leave them alone, because they never forget a misdeed.

Sacred Tails. A tailypo takes pride in its tail the same way a dwarf takes pride in his beard. Kept high from the ground to avoid dirt, a tailypo tail is unmistakable from other woodland creatures. Progressing in shades of red, the tail is large and bushy, twitching every second as the tailypo calculates its next move. Many people consider tailypo tails to be a source of magical power, leading to a market for them among magic practitioners.

Eternal Grudge. Anyone who spurns a tailypo will be forever hunted by the creature. Not forgiving in the slightest, tailypos will track down people across entire regions. Stealing a tailypo’s tail incites the most vindictive revenge from the creatures, as they will even hire out mercenaries to track down the tail. If you come across a tailypo without a tail, chances are it will offer up a reward for finding its tail.

Incoherent Spelunkers. Tailypos are skilled at breaking and entering. Their magical powers allow them to track down and sneak into almost any location, making them powerful allies. A thief who befriends a tailypo—typically from returning its stolen tail, can expect a favor in return. Their speech consists of rambling, though they take a sadistic glee in prying secrets out of their foes—specifically secrets that will ruin someone’s reputation.

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