tricks and tasks (This proficiency also allows the training of hawks at a -1 penalty. Owls are a separate proficiency and can be trained at -2).
A character can teach a falcon 2d4 (2-8) tricks or tasks in any combination. It takes 2d6 weeks to teach the falcon a trick, three months for a task. At the end of a training period, the character makes a proficiency check. If the check succeeds, the falcon has learned the trick or task. If the check fails, the falcon is incapable of learning more.
If not using falconry training equipment (see Chapter 7), the success roll required for training is penalized by -2.
The foregoing is the standard proficiency. Optionally, the training rules for rangers given in Chapter 3 can be used. Training times and number of tricks/tasks may vary.
Sample general tasks: The falcon is trained to hunt its natural prey: small mammals and game birds; and to return with them to the falconer. Nearly all trained falcons receive this training irst.
The falcon receives a +1 bonus to all attack and damage rolls, and a +2 morale bonus.
The falcon shrieks at the approach of strangers. If approached closer than 20' or 30', the falcon will attack unless ordered not to. The bird can recognize designated friends.
The falcon recognizes one place as its roost and returns there upon command.
The falcon is exceptionally loyal to an individual selected by the trainer. It has a +4 saving throw bonus against charm, control, empathy, or friendship attempts by others. Further, it comes when the individual summons it, guards its master from attack and may perform unusual acts of loyalty as decided by the DM.
The falcon is trained to recognize an entire species as a natural enemy. Its basic reaction will be hostile, it will reject empathy, and have a +4 saving throw bonus against the enemy's charm or control attempts. It will attack the species enemy in preference to others.
The falcon will track a designated creature and return. It can retrace its path to lead the falconer to the creature.
Sample specific tricks: The falcon will attack on command a creature designated by the falconer until called off. The falcon's base morale is at least 11. The falcon receives a save vs. rods against another ranger's animal empathy ability. A hunt-trained falcon will return with the prey alive and unharmed. Upon command, the falcon will catch a small object thrown into the air or a small falling object and return to the falconer. The falcon is trained to feint at an opponent. The opponent must make a saving throw vs. paralysis or lose its next action. The falcon is trained to strike at an opponent's eyes. A beak hit has a 25%