(Races of the Wild variant, p. 131)
The stormtalons are consummate aerial warriors, using both their weapons and their razor-sharp foot talons to dive on their hapless foes.
Base Attack Bonus: +5
Special: Flight extraordinary ability.
2 + Int
Foot Talons (Ex): The first lesson a stormtalon learns is how to sharpen his or her foot talons so they become weapons. Such sharpening takes an hour a day to maintain, but it turns your feet into claws that deal 1d6 points of damage plus your Strength modifier. You are considered proficient with these attacks. When you make a full attack, you use your full base attack bonus with any weapons in hand and take a —5 penalty on your talon attack. The Multiattack feat (see page 304 of the Monster Manual) lessens this penalty to —2.
You can use your foot talons only when you're airborne. They deal both piercing and slashing damage, so they'll do double damage when you make a dive attack (see page 68).
The talons are useful as weapons, but they're not dexterous enough to wield weapons or perform any action requiring fine motor skills.
Bonus Aerial Feat: At every even-numbered level, you learn a new trick useful to aerial combat. Choose a feat from the following list: Aerial Reflexes, Aerial Superiority, Born Flyer, Diving Charge, Flyby Attack, Hover, Improved Flight, Multiattack, Wingover.
Fast Flight (Ex): Beginning at 3rd level, you gain a fly speed 10 feet faster than the norm for your race. At 5th level, it's 20 feet faster, and at 9th level, it's 40 feet faster. Except that this class feature applies to fly speed rather than land speed, it otherwise functions like the fast movement barbarian class feature described on page 25 of the Player's Handbook.
Improved Foot Talons (Ex): When you reach 7th level, you have become more adept at dealing wicked cuts with your foot talons. Your talons now deal 1d8 points of damage and can be used even when you aren't flying.
|2nd||+2||+3||+0||+0||Bonus aerial feat|
|3rd||+3||+3||+1||+1||Fast flight (+10 ft.)|
|4th||+4||+4||+1||+1||Bonus aerial feat|
|5th||+5||+4||+1||+1||Fast flight (+20 ft.)|
|6th||+6||+5||+2||+2||Bonus aerial feat|
|7th||+7||+5||+2||+2||Improved foot talons|
|8th||+8||+6||+2||+2||Bonus aerial feat|
|9th||+9||+6||+3||+3||Fast flight (+40 ft.)|
|10th||+10||+7||+3||+3||Bonus aerial feat|
|Skill name||Key ability||Trained only||Armor check penalty|