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Pocket reference: Creatures from the Al-Qadim setting

Echohawk

Shirokinukatsukami fan
Pocket reference: Creatures from the Al-Qadim setting

Acid Blob
Type: Ooze
2nd Edition: Al-Qadim: The Genie's Curse PC game
3rd Edition: Creature Catalogue

Addazahr (Backbiter)
Type: Vermin?
2nd Edition: Corsairs of the Great Sea, Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume Two
3rd Edition: ---

Afanc (Gawwar Samakat)
Type: Magical Beast?
1st Edition: Monster Manual II
2nd Edition: City of Delights, Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume One
3rd Edition: Creature Catalogue

Al-Jahar
Type: Aberration?
2nd Edition: City of Delights, Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume One
3rd Edition: ---

Amiq Rasol
Type: Undead
2nd Edition: Corsairs of the Great Sea, Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume Two
3rd Edition: Creature Catalogue

Ammut
Type: Magical Beast
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13), 1993 Trading Card #56
3rd Edition: Inzeladun Third Edition

Ashira
Type: Fey?
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13), 1993 Trading Card #166
3rd Edition: Creature Catalogue

Asuras
Type: Outsider
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13), Planes of Conflict,
3rd Edition: Book of Exalted Deeds or Creature Catalogue

Azer
Type: Outsider
1st Edition: Monster Manual II
2nd Edition: Secrets of the Lamp (ALQ4), Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume One
3rd Edition: Monster Manual

Black Cloud of Vengeance
Type: Aberration
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13)
3rd Edition: Inzeladun Third Edition

Bloodring
Type: Vermin?
2nd Edition: City of Delights
3rd Edition: ---

Buraq
Type: Magical Beast
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13), 1993 Trading Cards #386, Planes of Conflict
3rd Edition: Creature Catalogue

Camel, Desert
Type: Animal
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13)
3rd Edition: Monster Manual (camel)

Camel, Mountain
Type: Animal
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13)
3rd Edition: ---

Camel, Racing
Type: Animal
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13)
3rd Edition: Dangerous Denizens

Camel, War
Type: Animal
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13)
3rd Edition: Sandstorm

Camel of the Pearl
Type: Magical Beast
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13)
3rd Edition: Creature Catalogue

Centaur, Desert
Type: Monstrous Humanoid
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13), 1993 Trading Card #2
3rd Edition: Dungeon #103

Cobra, Giant
Type: Animal?
2nd Edition: Assassin Mountain (ALQ2), Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume One
3rd Edition: ---

Coelenite
Type: Vermin
2nd Edition: Golden Voyages (ALQ1)
3rd Edition: Inzeladun Third Edition

Copper Automaton
Type: Construct
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13)
3rd Edition: Creature Catalogue

Copper Automaton, Miniature
Type: Construct
2nd Edition: Al-Qadim: The Genie's Curse PC game
3rd Edition: Creature Catalogue

Crypt Servant
Type: Undead?
2nd Edition: City of Delights, Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume One
3rd Edition: ---

Crysmal
Type: Elemental
2nd Edition: Secrets of the Lamp (ALQ4), Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume One
3rd Edition: Expanded Psionics Handbook

Cyclops, Desert
Type: Giant
2nd Edition: Al-Qadim: The Genie's Curse PC game
3rd Edition: Creature Catalogue

Debbi
Type: Magical Beast
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13), Monstrous Manual
3rd Edition: Creature Catalogue

Ear Seeker
Type: Vermin
1st Edition:Monster Manual
2nd Edition: City of Delights, Monstrous Manual, Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume One
3rd Edition: Tome of Horrors or Creature Catalogue or Terrors of the Deadlands

Elemental, Miniature, Air
Elemental, Miniature, Earth
Elemental, Miniature, Fire
Elemental, Miniature, Water
Type: Elemental
2nd Edition: Al-Qadim: The Genie's Curse PC game
3rd Edition: Creature Catalogue/Creature Catalogue/Creature Catalogue/Creature Catalogue

Elemental Vermin, Crawler
Elemental Vermin, Duster
Elemental Vermin, Flameling
Elemental Vermin, Spitter
Type: Elemental
2nd Edition: City of Delights, Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume One
3rd Edition: Denizens of the Inner Planes

Elephant Bird
Type: Magical Beast
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13), 1993 Trading Card #113
3rd Edition: Creature Catalogue

Firethorn (Sea Rose)
Type: Plant?
2nd Edition: Corsairs of the Great Sea, Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume Two
3rd Edition: ---

Gen, Air
Gen, Fire
Gen, Sand
Gen, Water
Type: Outsider
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13), 1992 Trading Cards #521-#524
3rd Edition: Dragon #315, Dragon Compendium Volume 1

Genie, Dao
Type: Outsider
1st Edition: Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth (S4), Monster Manual II
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Volume One, Land of Fate, 1992 Trading Card #517, Monstrous Manual
3rd Edition: Manual of the Planes, or Inzeladun Third Edition, or Creature Catalogue

Genie, Djinni
Type: Outsider
1st Edition: Monster Manual
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Volume One, Land of Fate, 1992 Trading Card #516, Monstrous Manual
3rd Edition: Monster Manual v.3.5

Genie, Efreeti
Type: Outsider
1st Edition: Monster Manual
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Volume One, Land of Fate, 1992 Trading Card #518, Monstrous Manual
3rd Edition: Monster Manual v.3.5

Genie, Janni
Type: Outsider
1st Edition: Monster Manual II
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Volume Two, Land of Fate, 1992 Trading Card #519, Monstrous Manual
3rd Edition: Monster Manual v.3.5

Genie, Marid
Type: Outsider
1st Edition: Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth (S4), Monster Manual II
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Volume Two, Land of Fate, 1992 Trading Card #520, Monstrous Manual
3rd Edition: Manual of the Planes, or Inzeladun Third Edition, or Creature Catalogue

Genie, Noble Dao
Type: Outsider
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13)
3rd Edition: Denizens of the Inner Planes

Genie, Noble Djinni
Type: Outsider
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13), 1991 Trading Card #519, Monstrous Manual
3rd Edition: Denizens of the Inner Planes

Genie, Noble Efreeti
Type: Outsider
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13), Caravans
3rd Edition: Denizens of the Inner Planes

Genie, Noble Marid
Type: Outsider
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13)
3rd Edition: Denizens of the Inner Planes

Genie, Tasked, Administrator
Type: Outsider
2nd Edition: City of Delights, Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume One
3rd Edition: Denizens of the Inner Planes

Genie, Tasked, Architect/Builder
Type: Outsider
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13)
3rd Edition: Denizens of the Inner Planes

Genie, Tasked, Artist
Type: Outsider
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13), 1993 Trading Card #333
3rd Edition: Denizens of the Inner Planes

Genie, Tasked, Deceiver
Type: Outsider
2nd Edition: Assassin Mountain (ALQ2), Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume One
3rd Edition: Denizens of the Inner Planes

Genie, Tasked, Guardian
Type: Outsider
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13), 1993 Trading Card #397
3rd Edition: Denizens of the Inner Planes, or Inzeladun Third Edition, or New Arabian Adventure

Genie, Tasked, Harim Servant
Type: Outsider
2nd Edition: City of Delights, Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume One
3rd Edition: Denizens of the Inner Planes

Genie, Tasked, Herdsman
Type: Outsider
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13)
3rd Edition: Denizens of the Inner Planes

Genie, Tasked, Messenger
Type: Outsider
2nd Edition: Assassin Mountain (ALQ2), Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume One
3rd Edition: Denizens of the Inner Planes

Genie, Tasked, Miner
Type: Outsider
2nd Edition: Assassin Mountain (ALQ2), Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume One
3rd Edition: Denizens of the Inner Planes

Genie, Tasked, Oathbinder
Type: Outsider
2nd Edition: Assassin Mountain (ALQ2), Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume One
3rd Edition: Denizens of the Inner Planes

Genie, Tasked, Slayer
Type: Outsider
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13), 1993 Trading Card #443
3rd Edition: Denizens of the Inner Planes, or Inzeladun Third Edition, or New Arabian Adventure

Genie, Tasked, Warmonger
Type: Outsider
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13)
3rd Edition: Denizens of the Inner Planes

Genie, Tasked, Winemaker
Type: Outsider
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13)
3rd Edition: Denizens of the Inner Planes

Ghost Mount
Type: Undead
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13), 1993 Trading Card #59
3rd Edition: Inzeladun Third Edition, or New Arabian Adventure

Ghost Mount, Lesser
Type: Undead?
2nd Edition: Dungeon #51
3rd Edition: ---

Ghul, Great
Type: Undead
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13), Caravans, Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume Two
3rd Edition: Inzeladun Third Edition, or New Arabian Adventure

Ghul, Lesser
Type: Undead?
2nd Edition: Caravans
3rd Edition: ---

Ghul-kin, Soultaker
Ghul-kin, Witherer
Type: Undead?
2nd Edition: Corsairs of the Great Sea, Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume Two
3rd Edition: ---
 
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Echohawk

Shirokinukatsukami fan
Giant, Desert
Type: Giant
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13), Monstrous Manual
3rd Edition: Monster Manual II (as "Sun Giant")

Giant, Island
Type: Giant
2nd Edition: Land of Fate
3rd Edition: Creature Catalogue

Giant, Jungle
Type: Giant
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13), Monstrous Manual
3rd Edition: Creature Catalogue

Giant, Ogre
Type: Giant
2nd Edition: Land of Fate
3rd Edition: Creature Catalogue

Giant, Reef
Type: Giant
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13), Monstrous Manual, 1993 Trading Card #279
3rd Edition: Secrets of the Alubelok Coast

Gibbering Mouther
Type: Aberration
1st Edition: Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan (C1), Monster Manual II
2nd Edition: Assassin Mountain (ALQ2), Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume One
3rd Edition: Monster Manual v.3.5, Lords of Madness

Goldbug
Type: Vermin
1st Edition: Fiend Folio
2nd Edition: City of Delights, Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume One
3rd Edition: Creature Catalogue

Greyhound, Saluqi
Type: Animal?
2nd Edition: Assassin Mountain (ALQ2), Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume One
3rd Edition: ---

Grue, Chaggrin
Grue, Harginn
Grue, Ildriss
Grue, Vardigg
Type: Elemental
1st Edition: Monster Manual II
2nd Edition: Secrets of the Lamp (ALQ4), Planescape Monstrous Compendium Appendix
3rd Edition: Dragon #285, Complete Arcane

Hama
Type: Undead
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13)
3rd Edition: Inzeladun Third Edition

Heway
Type: Magical Beast
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13), Monstrous Manual, 1993 Trading Card #289
3rd Edition: Inzeladun Third Edition

Kada
Type: Undead
2nd Edition: Dungeon #57
3rd Edition: Creature Catalogue

Kraken, Zakharan
Type: Magical Beast?
2nd Edition: Dragon #198
3rd Edition: ---

Living Idol, Animal
Living Idol, Death
Living Idol, Elemental
Living Idol, Healing
Type: Construct
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13)
3rd Edition: Inzeladun Third Edition, or New Arabian Adventure

Lycanthrope, Werehyena
Type: Template
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13)
3rd Edition: Bestiary of the Realms, Volume 1

Lycanthrope, Werelion
Type: Template
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13), 1993 Trading Card #235
3rd Edition: Bestiary of the Realms, Volume 1

Markeen
Type: Outsider
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13)
3rd Edition: Creature Catalogue (upload pending) or Inzeladun Third Edition

Marrashi
Type: Outsider
2nd Edition: Assassin Mountain (ALQ2), Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume One
3rd Edition: Monster Manual II or Creature Catalogue

Maskhi
Type: Monstrous Humanoid
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13)
3rd Edition: Creature Catalogue

Mason-Wasp, Giant
Type: Magical Beast?
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13)
3rd Edition: Creature Catalogue

Nasnas
Type: Aberration
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13)
3rd Edition: Creature Catalogue or Inzeladun Third Edition

Ogre, Zakharan
Type: Giant
2nd Edition: City of Delights
3rd Edition: Bestiary of the Realms, Volume 2 (see "Ogrima")

Opinicus
Type: Magical Beast
1st Edition: Monster Manual II
2nd Edition: City of Delights, Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume One
3rd Edition: Creature Catalogue

Pahari
Type: Fey
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13), 1993 Trading Card #181
3rd Edition: Inzeladun Third Edition

Pasari-Niml, Calipha
Pasari-Niml, Noble
Pasari-Niml, Warrior
Type: Magical Beast?
2nd Edition: City of Delights, Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume One
3rd Edition: ---

Rat, Giant Zakharan
Type: Animal
2nd Edition: Al-Qadim: The Genie's Curse PC game
3rd Edition: Creature Catalogue

Roc, Zakharan, Common Roc
Type: Magical Beast
2nd Edition: Land of Fate
3rd Edition: Creature Catalogue

Roc, Zakharan, Great Roc
Type: Magical Beast
2nd Edition: Land of Fate
3rd Edition: Creature Catalogue

Roc, Zakharan, Two-headed Roc
Type: Magical Beast
2nd Edition: Land of Fate
3rd Edition: Creature Catalogue

Rom
Type: Undead
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13), 1993 Trading Card #127
3rd Edition: Inzeladun Third Edition, or New Arabian Adventure

Sabu Lord
Type: Magical Beast
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13)
3rd Edition: Creature Catalogue

Sakina
Type: Fey
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13)
3rd Edition: Creature Catalogue

Sandman
Type: Elemental
1st Edition: Fiend Folio
2nd Edition: Assassin Mountain (ALQ2), Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume One
3rd Edition: Tome of Horrors, or Denizens of the Inner Planes, or Creature Catalogue

Sartani
Type: Monstrous Humanoid
2nd Edition: Golden Voyages (ALQ1)
3rd Edition: Creature Catalogue

Sea Wyrm
Type: Dragon
2nd Edition: Corsairs of the Great Sea, Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume Two
3rd Edition: Creature Catalogue (lesser) and Creature Catalogue (greater)

Segarran, Greater
Segarran, Lesser
Type: Monstrous Humanoid
2nd Edition: Ruined Kingdoms
3rd Edition: Creature Catalogue

Serpent, Herald
Type: Magical Beast?
2nd Edition: Ruined Kingdoms, Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume Two
3rd Edition: ---

Serpent, Teak
Type: Animal?
2nd Edition: Ruined Kingdoms, Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume Two
3rd Edition: ---

Serpent, Winged
Type: Magical Beast
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13), Monstrous Manual, 1993 Trading Card #292
3rd Edition: Creature Catalogue

Serpent Lord
Type: Magical Beast?
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13), 1993 Trading Card #237
3rd Edition: Creature Catalogue

Silat, Adult
Type: Monstrous Humanoid
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13)
3rd Edition: Creature Catalogue

Silat, Matriarch
Type: Monstrous Humanoid
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13)
3rd Edition: Creature Catalogue

Silat, Young
Type: Monstrous Humanoid
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13)
3rd Edition: Creature Catalogue

Simurgh
Type: Magical Beast
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13), 1993 Trading Cards #402
3rd Edition: Dragon #334

Singing Tree
Type: Plant
2nd Edition: City of Delights, Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume One
3rd Edition: Creature Catalogue

Sirine
Type: Fey
1st Edition: Monster Manual II
2nd Edition: City of Delights, Monstrous Manual
3rd Edition: Monster Manual II or Creature Catalogue

Sleepwalker
Type: Construct
2nd Edition: Dungeon #63
3rd Edition: Creature Catalogue

Stone Maiden
Type: Fey
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13)
3rd Edition: Creature Catalogue

Talking Bird
Type: Magical Beast?
2nd Edition: City of Delights, Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume One
3rd Edition: ---

Tatalla
Type: Fey?
2nd Edition: City of Delights, Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume One
3rd Edition: ---

Vargouille
Type: Outsider
1st Edition: Monster Manual II
2nd Edition: City of Delights, Planescape Monstrous Compendium Appendix
3rd Edition: Monster Manual v.3.5

Vilirij
Type: Vermin
2nd Edition: City of Delights, Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume One
3rd Edition: ---

Vishap
Type: Dragon
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13)
3rd Edition: Creature Catalogue, or Inzeladun Third Edition, or New Arabian Adventure

Vizier's Turban
Type: Magical Beast
2nd Edition: Corsairs of the Great Sea, Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume Two
3rd Edition: ---

Wind Walker
Type: Elemental
1st Edition: Monster Manual
2nd Edition: Assassin Mountain (ALQ2), Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume One
3rd Edition: Tome of Horrors, or Creature Catalogue, or Denizens of the Inner Planes, or Inzeladun Third Edition

Winged Cat, Lesser
Type: Animal?
2nd Edition: City of Delights, Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume One
3rd Edition: ---

Winged Cat, Greater
Type: Magical Beast?
2nd Edition: City of Delights, Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume One
3rd Edition: ---

Wizard Lice
Type: Vermin?
2nd Edition: City of Delights, Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume One
3rd Edition: ---

Yak-Man (Yikaria)
Type: Monstrous Humanoid
2nd Edition: Land of Fate, Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume Two
3rd Edition: Monster Manual II (yak folk)

Zaratan
Type: Magical Beast
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13), Monstrous Manual, 1993 Trading Card #450
3rd Edition: Arms and Equipment Guide or Inzeladun Third Edition or Creature Catalogue

Zin
Type: Magical Beast?
2nd Edition: Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (MC13)
3rd Edition: Creature Catalogue

[size=-1]Stats
Aberrations: 4 (3%)
Animals: 9 (7%)
Constructs: 7 (5%)
Dragons: 2 (1%)
Elementals: 15 (11%)
Fey: 6 (4%)
Giants: 7 (5%)
Humanoids: 0 (0%)
Magical Beasts: 26 (19%)
Monstrous Humanoids: 8 (6%)
Oozes: 1 (1%)
Outsiders: 31 (22%)
Plants: 2 (1%)
Templates: 2 (1%)
Undead: 11 (8%)
Vermin: 7 (5%)

Generic creature: 138
Unique creatures: 0

Total creatures: 138

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Ath-kethin

Adventurer
Hi! It's your friendly neighborhood thread necromancer!

I have a question you might be able to answer. I am looking for the origin of the Al-Qadim Bird Maiden - which is missing form your list. As far as I can tell, its first (and only) appearance was in the 1993 Monstrous Manual for 2nd Edition. In '96 it appeared in a Dragon ecology article, but it never appeared in any Al-Qadim sourcebox, adventure, or other product. Not even a mention.

So it looks for all the world like somebody just decided to tag on a Zakharan variant of the Swanmay in the MM, and it is the only Al-Qadim monster that was new to the book.

Did you ever find anything further about it?
 

freyar

Extradimensional Explorer
Those are the only two references to the bird maiden I can find in Echohawk's monster index (or at least the most recent version I have). We did convert it as a template (for eventually addition to the CC, whenever that is in working order again) here.
 

Cleon

Adventurer
Those are the only two references to the bird maiden I can find in Echohawk's monster index (or at least the most recent version I have). We did convert it as a template (for eventually addition to the CC, whenever that is in working order again) here.
Pretty much what Freyar said.

When we did the conversion the only official mentions of the Al-Qadim Bird Maiden I could find was in the 2E Monstrous Manual and that Dragon Magazine article you mentioned.

Incidentally, those two sources' mention of Aaracokra priests teaching Bird Maidens their duties at the "Crown of All Feathers" are also the only mentions of Aaracokra in Al-Qadim that I could find - and the only mention of the Crown of All Feathers, for that matter.
 

Echohawk

Shirokinukatsukami fan
Ath-kethin messaged me privately, because I completely missed this thread resurrection :).

The only things I had to add were:
  • There is a mention of "a veil of feathers, once worn by a bird maiden of far Zakhara" on p150 of Volo's Guide to the Sword Coast.
  • Tim Beach was the project co-ordinator for two TSR projects released in June 1993, Al-Qadim's City of Delights and the Monstrous Manual. A Zakharan creature's otherwise random appearance in the MM might be because of that connection.
 

Cleon

Adventurer
Ath-kethin messaged me privately, because I completely missed this thread resurrection :).

The only things I had to add were:
  • There is a mention of "a veil of feathers, once worn by a bird maiden of far Zakhara" on p150 of Volo's Guide to the Sword Coast.
Well that's increased our reference sources for Bird Maidens by 50%, with the added bonus of it being a non-AQ source.

  • Tim Beach was the project co-ordinator for two TSR projects released in June 1993, Al-Qadim's City of Delights and the Monstrous Manual. A Zakharan creature's otherwise random appearance in the MM might be because of that connection.
That leads me to wonder whether City of Delights as any references to Bird Maidens, the Crown of Feathers, or Aaracokra.

...goes to check.

I couldn't find any feathery maidens or crowns, but City of Delight does mention Aaracokra a grand total of once, with the section on the Populations of Huzuz saying "and even the extremely rare aarakocra, kenku, and trolls" are included in the 1% made up of "unusual races".
 

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