|The x ray laser burst from a Artulavakairon aka The Gloomburn|
No. Enc.: 1d4
Alignment: Neutral (Inimical)
Armor Class: 8
Hit Dice: 3
Damage: 1d8 (plus special)
They were developed millions of years ago & have not changed or evolved since then. They sail the solar currents & they are bane of every star ship captain who has come across them. The Artulavakairon's name translated means The Gloomburn & live up to it. They are an artificial life form that rides the solar winds & store solar energy within their enormous mirrored wings.
Each time a star ship enters within 50 miles of a flock of these creatures they gather up all of the solar energy & fire a concentrated burst of x ray laser energy. This will penetrate most types of armor easily doing 1d8 points of damage to anything biological. The flock will rest for 1d4 rounds after releasing such a burst. They will open their wings to full furl & take off with a burst of photons & move across the heavens with little issue.
Many races trace the flights of these creatures & listen to the sub magnetic chatter of them. They follow the hidden hyper space routes that they take & this has lead to the discovery of many new hyper space by passes, unknown worlds, & several new alien races. The creature's original intent is a mystery but many races see them making up for their nervous behavior & destruction with the valuable insights they provide.
It is known that their mating & assembling rituals take place in the Greater Orrt cloud & that several thousand flocks move across the Great Stellar Nurseries. These units use the power of developing stars to create solar wake effects to move towards the greater Hyper space "pastures" of magnetic currents & solar winds..
Several races have used these creatures as orbiting weapons by getting them to focus their intense solar mirrors on several worlds & rendering several thousands miles square uninhabitable. How & whys of calling & controlling them have been lost since. It is rumored that they turned upon their controllers & cooked them in short order. The life form is not intelligent in the sense that we know it but they function as a semi intelligent animal. There is speculation that they were created by a race of energy feeders who would harvest the beasts as cowboys once moved cattle across the great Old West.
Any contact with these creatures should be done with caution..