Deinocheirus Gryponychus Shredder

Deinocheirus gryponychus

Huge Animal

Hit Dice:

17d10+68 (162 hp)

Initiative:

+2 (Dex)

Speed:

60 ft.

AC:

13 (-2 size, +2 Dex, +7 natural)

Attacks:

2 claws +19 melee, bite +5 melee

Damage:

2 claws 5d10+8, bite 5d6+8

Face/Reach:

20 ft. by 30 ft./30 ft.

Special Attacks:

None

Special Qualities:

Scent

Saves:

Fort +14, Ref +12, Will +8

Abilities:

Str 27, Dex 15, Con 19,

Int 9, Wis 17, Cha 12

Skills:

Listen +12, Spot +12, Wilderness Lore +7

Climate/Terrain:

Warm plains and desert

Organization:

Solitary, family (2-4), or pack (5-10)

Challenge Rating:

8

Treasure:

Standard

Alignment:

Lawful neutral

Advancement:

18-34 HD (Gargantuan),

35-47 JD (Colossal)

Terrible Hand Deinocheirus

Deinocheirus gryponychus, the "griffin-clawed terrible hand" (after the mythical eagle/lion hybrid), is a descendant of the original Cretaceous carnivore Deinocheirus. This is an ostrich dinosaur expanded to carnosaur dimensions, with a pair of long arms equipped with killing claws so large (a foot or more in length) that the animal's bite is secondary to them in combat. About as heavy as the largest allosaur, it is longer by far, reaching up to 70 feet in the extreme cases, due largely to its long neck and tail, as well as its longer and more slender body. The head is carnosaur-like, filled with killing teeth. The arms of the original Deinocheirus were eight and a half feet long; those of its descendant are twelve feet in length. Although of incredible length, it is swift and agile, and thus is restricted to the wide open spaces, where it can make best use of its advantages.

SOCIETY

Deinocheirus gryponychus can run down (relatively) small prey on its own, but often hunts in packs and relies on teamwork in bringing down large and dangerous prey. For instance, it is one of the few predator species that makes a habit of preying on the ankylosaurs. A pack or family group will charge the front and side of the ankylosaur, thrust their long

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clawed forearms underneath its armor, and heave it upside down before it can react. After that, it's a simple matter to use their teeth and claws to rip open the unprotected belly and feed. With other prey animals, such as sauropods and ceratopsians, the pack will surround a lone victim and attack at once from all sides, dodging in and out while making hit-and-run attacks that wear it down until it has bled to death. Unlike Avimimus struthioides, however, it will not draw out the victim's death agony needlessly, taking no pleasure in torture. It merely does what it must to get meat for its jaws.

These animals mate for life, and a full-sized pack will often consist of several generations of an extended family sticking together after all the young have reached adulthood. An attack on one dinosaur will bring the entire pack down on the offender, and several well-equipped safaris sent out to steal eggs or young have already been annihilated. The males attract potential mates by means of an elaborate dance which they perform during the breeding season. When the breeding is over, each female lays up to six eggs, of which two or three will typically survive long enough to reach adulthood.

COMBAT

Deinocheirus gryponychus is a terrible opponent in combat, due largely to its massively-clawed forearms. A single adult animal is thus capable of dealing out serious damage, while an entire pack of them is lethal. A massive dinosaur like a sauropod, ceratopsian, or large carnosaur might be a match for one in single combat at close quarters, but on a battlefield where the agile Deinocheirus has ample room for maneuver, the issue is never in doubt.

BYPRODUCTS

Needless to say, the forearm claws of this creature are in great demand for the construction of large daggers or short swords, and a complete set will sell for $1,000. The teeth make more normal-sized daggers, a complete set costing $200. In addition, the lungs and leg muscles of an adult will sell for $700, as they are supposed to make a substance that increases one's speed and endurance when mixed together. An egg or young animal is worth $500, but the perils of attempting to collect are obvious.

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