Raakamah, City of Monsters
Figurine of the Grim Messenger
Wondrous Item, very rare (requires attunement)
This small black figurine in the form of a slender drake feels like it is siphoning the very life force of anyone touching it but turns to a powerful seeming ally in times of need.
The figurine has the following properties:
Figurine of Wondrous Power. If he attuned user uses an action to perform a silent command and throws the figurine to a point on the ground within 60 feet of them, the figurine becomes a living creature. If the space where the creature would appear is occupied by other creatures or objects, or if there is not enough space for the creature, the figurine does not activate
The creature is friendly to its user and their companions. It understands the user’s languages and obeys their spoken commands. If no commands are issued, the creature defends itself but takes no other actions.
Once the figurine’s duration ends, the creature reverts to its figurine form. It reverts to a figurine early if it drops to 0 hit points or if it is dismissed with a silent command while being touched by the user. When the creature becomes a figurine again, it cannot be turned to a creature until the condition specified is fulfilled.
Ash Drake. The figurine can become an ash drake (see p. 149 of the Tome of Beasts for details) for up to 1 hour. Once it has been used, it cannot be used again until at least 3 days have passed and the figurine has been provided with the soul of a living creature with at least 3 Intelligence by having it be pressed against a dying applicable creature as an action. Doing so instantly kills the creature and destroys their soul permanently but this ability can only be used when the figurine cannot be turned into a creature.