Monsters of D&D: The Phoenix
Well done, and since I’ve never felt that the game did the Phoenix correctly (and rarely was it done well in fiction either) might I suggest that the Phoenix might also be able to, under certain rare conditions pass along some of it’s attributes to players or NPC’s either in its living embodiment, or in its “dead form.”
For instance a Wizard might be able to, through it’s blood, devise a potion which makes one immune to flame, or the Phoenix itself might confer a limited form of resurrection upon a recently dead character or a severely injured one, leading to a resurrection by pyre.
Or one might be able to take the ashes of the creature or even components from its nest and create invisible fire ink, or even a poison, flaming ichor.
There exist a large number of excellent possibilities with such a mythological creature.
In the genre of fiction, there are iconic creatures who are recognized time and time again: ferocious dragons, majestic unicorns, and the like are all represented in the 5e Monster Manual. However, one that is missing completely is a beast that is one of my favorites.
The Phoenix, a fiery avian who is widely known for it’s rebirthing from it’s own ashes, proves to be a challenging elemental force which strikes fear into the hearts of men and woman who witness it for themselves.
“Ancient legend paints a picture of a magical bird, radiant and shimmering, which lives for several hundred years before it dies by bursting into flames. It is then reborn from the ashes, to start a new, long life. So powerful is the symbolism that it is a motif and image that is still used commonly today in popular culture and folklore.”
– Ancient Origins of the…
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