Environment warm forests
Organization solitary, pair, or flight (3–6) Treasure standard
This beautiful monster has a twelve-foot long serpentine body covered with blue feathers, with the head and wings of a blue jay. Respected and admired for their beauty and insight, if not their intelligence, taniwha ataahua try to steer mortals onto the right paths and warn them away from the darker corners of the Fae Realm. Unfortunately, they are not nearly as talented at conveying their intentions as they are at reading others.
As good as their intentions may be, Taniwha Ataahua are still predators, like so many of the creatures in faerie. They prefer small mammals, but will occasionally eat smaller fey creatures, especially unseelie varieties like red caps and mites, clamping on to their prey with their powerful beaks and holding on tight until they cease thrashing. As they would rather spend their time promoting their agenda than hunting, they appreciate offers of food, particularly small boars, rabbits, and other game.
A Taniwha Ataahua sometimes shows its favor to a mortal passing through its territory by gifting it with 1d4 of its brightly colored feathers. Such a freely given feather, if used as an additional material component, allows a spellcaster to cast planar ally to conjure that specific taniwha ataahua without expending the typical payment of gold or other valuables. By this means, Taniwha Ataahua are sometimes encountered outside of Faerie.