Phoenix
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Nature: Creature
Type: Magical Beast
Subtype: Fire

Alignment: Neutral Good
Size: Gargantuan
CR: 15

Description: "This immense bird seems to be made of living flame. It spreads its wings and gives vent to a musical cry as it takes to the air."

Physically, a phoenix resembles an immense bird of prey. By far its most striking feature, however, is its plumage. All of its feathers are the colors of fire — primarily scarlet, crimson, and orange. In flight or at rest, a phoenix looks like a bird made of flame.

Information: The phoenix, or firebird, is a legendary fiery bird of tremendous power, that dwells in the most remote parts of the desert.

As the birds are known to be great scholars, many seekers of rare lore search out particular phoenixes for advice.

Yet it is the phoenix’s ability to rebirth itself from its own dead body for which the creature is best known. When a phoenix reaches the end of its natural life, or when it finds itself in an extreme, life-threatening situation, it immolates itself with intense fire. After its death, the phoenix arises from the ashes in a new-born body.

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Because of its traditional association with renewal and rebirth, most cultures ascribe some symbolic meaning to the sighting of a phoenix. Some consider it a positive omen — a sign of the gods’ favor and a promise of renewed life and increased prosperity in the coming years. Others (usually those with a darker outlook on life) see the firebird as a sign of approaching death and destruction — an ordeal that only the strongest will survive.

Whatever meaning a particular culture associates with this creature, there’s no doubt that it is on the side of good. A phoenix doesn’t involve itself in worldly affairs or join in mundane conflicts, but neither does it shy away from attacking evil.

The phoenix is a benevolent creature, aiding those who do good and actively harming those who do evil.

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