Yamabushi tengu

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Yamabushi Tengu

(native, oni, shapechanger, tengu)
Temperate mountains
Source: The Brinewall Legacy, pg(s). 88
For another meaning of "yamabushi", please see yamabushi.

Unlike mortal, flightless, feathered humanoid tengus, yamabushi tengus are winged avian oni who can shift at will between feathered and featherless forms.1


Yamabushi tengus have natural bird-like humanoid form derived from tengus, with the feathers and features of any bill-less bird (though most take crow or raven shapes), and naturally average 5 feet in height and weigh 120 pounds. They can also take the form of other humanoid races, though they retain their wings and have unusually large noses.1


These oni are driven to covet shiny treasures, clothing, and armor, and often associate with thieves' guilds.

Other avian humanoids, such as dire corbies and garudas, fascinate yamabushi tengus. Ducks, geese, and other billed avian animals, on the other hand, irrationally enrage them to the point that a yamabushi tengu will leave itself vulnerable to an enemy in order to kill a duck in its presence.1


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 James Jacobs & Tim Nightengale. “Bestiary” in The Brinewall Legacy, 89. Paizo Inc., 2011