Dryptosaurus Ingens Leaping Claw

Dryptosaurus ingens

Huge Animal

Hit Dice:

15d10+45 (130 hp)

Initiative:

+2 (Dex)

Speed:

40 ft., jump 120 ft.

AC:

13 (-2 size, +2 Dex, +3 natural)

Attacks:

Bite +17 melee, claws +2 melee

Damage:

Bite 3d8+7, claws 1d4

Face/Reach:

10 ft. by 10 ft./15 ft.

Special Attacks:

Improved grab, swallow whole, pounce

Special Qualities:

Scent

Saves:

Fort +13, Ref +14, Will +7

Abilities:

Str 25, Dex 15, Con 17,

Int 9, Wis 17, Cha 12

Skills:

Hide +7, Jump +17, Listen +11, Spot +10

Climate/Terrain:

Warm forest, hills, and marsh

Organization:

Solitary or family (1-2 adults, 1-2 young)

Challenge Rating:

7

Treasure:

Standard

Alignment:

Chaotic evil

Advancement:

16-29 HD (Gargantuan)

Dryptosaurus ingens is a "vast" descendant of the original carnosaur Dryptosaurus, a vicious predator whose powerful hind legs were made for jumping as well as running. A dark green in color, this 30-foot monster likes to hide among the trees and pounce on unsuspecting prey, a practice that plays merry hell with the nerves and morale of those who travel in known dryptosaur country.

SOCIETY

D. ingens is a solitary hunter, its members only coming together during the breeding season. These creatures evidently prefer privacy at this time, as it is not yet known how they select mates. The males may help the females raise the young after they

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hatch, or they may simply wander off one day and never come back. It doesn't matter much; the females are more than tough enough to take care of the young. On other occasions, males and females will viciously attack one another, for the species is fiercely territorial, and explorers have reported some spectacular battles of appalling ferocity.

COMBAT

Like all other carnosaurs, this species fights with teeth and claws. It also has several special attacks:

Improved Grab (Ex): A dryptosaur that hits a Medium-size or smaller opponent with its bite attack may grab it and then attempt to swallow it whole.

Swallow Whole (Ex): A dryptosaur can unhinge its jaws and swallow a Medium-size or smaller creature with a successful grapple check. Swallowed creatures take 2d8+8 points of crushing damage plus 8 points of acid damage per round. A swallowed creature may cut itself out by using Small or Tiny slashing weapons to deal 25 points of damage on the dinosaur's innards (AC 20).

Pounce (Ex): Dryptosaurus ingens can pounce on a prone or low-built foe (smaller than Medium-size) using its powerful hind legs. If it leaps upon a foe during the first round of combat, it can make a full attack action even if it has already taken a move action.

BYPRODUCTS

The thick leg muscles from this creature's hind legs make delicious eating, and the hind leg muscles from one adult animal sell for $1,000.

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ELASMOFORME INGENS ("RIBBON KILLER")

Elasmoforme ingens Colossal Animal

25dl0+75 (212 hp)

Bite +24 melee

Bite 2d20+7

Scent

Fort +19, Ref +6, Will +2 Str 37, Dex 14, Con 17, Int 2, Wis 13, Cha 9 Hide +17, Listen +2, Spot +7

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Warm aquatic Solitary or pair 8

None

Always neutral 26-37 (Gargantuan)

Elasmoforme ingens, the "vast ribbon form," is an enormous version of the elasmosaur. Some specimens reach a maximum length of almost 300 feet, with at least a hundred feet being taken up by the long neck. It weighs as much as some of the largest whales, but because its body is so slender, and so much of the rest of the animal consists of the ultra-long neck and tail, this weight is more spread out, making the creature far more agile and maneu-verable. It is a beautiful blue-green in color, but while this makes it attractive, it also provides perfect camouflage from surface dwellers, enabling it to lunge suddenly out of the water and snatch a low-flying pterosaur from the sky - or a sailor from a boat, nowadays.

SOCIETY

E. ingens hunts alone or in pairs, the pair being either a male and female (during the mating season) or a pair of siblings with a stronger than usual bond. When they work together, each swims to one end of a large school of fish and then moves inward, herding their terrified prey together into a dense mass that can be easily harvested with strikes from their long necks. If two of these creatures work together in picking off the crew of a ship, the result is sheer terror and, all too often, a floating derelict.

COMBAT

Elasmoforme ingens fights with its powerful jaws, and nothing else, but the sheer size and power of this marine animal mean that they are usually all it needs. Combined with its ability to hide beneath the surface of a calm sea, this makes it a formidable foe, indeed.

BYPRODUCTS

Because they are long enough to serve as large daggers or short swords, a full set of teeth from this marine monster can sell for $1,700. The incredibly beautiful hide is worth $7,000 if taken intact. Since this rarely happens, the actual selling price depends on how much damage was inflicted on the creature while killing it, and where that damage took place. This has led to some wild schemes for launching ships on the Tempest Sea and equipping them with winches and giant fishing lines, the hooks of which are to be baited with meat or fish that has been liberally coated with the strongest poisons available.

GORGOMONSTRUM TORVOVENATOR ("FRILL MONSTER")

Gorgomonstrum torvovenator Huge Animal Hit Dice: 18dl0+54 (153 hp) Initiative: +1 (Dex) Speed: 40 ft.

Attacks: Bite +20 melee, 2 claws +4 melee

Damage: Bite 3d8+8, claw ld4+l

Broncosaurus Rex

Face/Reach: 10 ft. by 10 ft./15 ft. Spcl. Atks: Improved grab, swallow whole Spcl. Qlties: Frill display, scent Saves: Abilities:

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Face/Reach: 10 ft. by 10 ft./15 ft. Spcl. Atks: Improved grab, swallow whole Spcl. Qlties: Frill display, scent Saves: Abilities:

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Fort +13, Ref +11, Will +8 Str 26, Dex 12, Con 16, Int 6, Wis 13, Cha 10 Listen +8, Spot +8

Climate: Any warm

Organization: Solitary or family (1-2 adults and 0-2 young) CR: 7

Treasure: Standard Alignment: Chaotic good Advancement: 16-33 HD (Gargantuan), 34-51 HD (Colossal)

Gorgomonstrum torvovenator, the "savage hunter gorgon monster," is a huge but fairly primitive carnosaur which can be found in almost any corner of Storm Valley. Its name comes from the gorgon, a creature from folklore so frightful that its very appearance could kill or pet-

rify a victim. Its jaws are large, its forearms only so-so in strength and with three fingers on each hand, and it reaches a length of from 35 to 40 feet. Its most noticeable feature is a frill composed of large skin flaps which is normally pressed down tight against the neck and shoulders, but which it can pop erect at a moment's notice, like that of the frilled lizard of Earth's Australia.

SOCIETY

This creature is a solitary hunter, only coming together with others of its kind during the mating season, and then only briefly. Because of its chaotic nature, there are only two chances in five that both parents will raise the young once they hatch. Most of the time, the male wanders off and leaves the female to do the job by herself.

Males compete for females via a sort of face-off, in which they repeatedly pop their frills while hissing menacingly at each other. This is an eerie sight to watch, particularly since they also roll their eyeballs back during this process, so that only the whites are starkly showing, as if the creature were an undead monster with glowing eyes. In addition, although the frill is normally a dark blue in color like the rest of the dinosaur, when displayed, it immediately flares crimson, adding to the shock value.

COMBAT

G. torvovenator fights with its powerful bite, as well as with its clawed forearms. In addition, it has a number of specialized attacks:

Improved Grab (Ex): When this creature hits a Medium-size or smaller target with its bite attack, it may grab it, then attempt to swallow it whole after unhinging its jaws.

Swallow Whole (Ex): Gorgomonstrum can swallow a Medium-size or smaller creature whole with a successful grapple check. Swallowed creatures take 2d8+8 points of crushing damage plus 8 points of acid damage per round. A swallowed creature may cut itself out by using Small or Tiny slashing weapons to deal 25 points of damage to the carnosaur's innards (AC 20).

Frill Display (Ex): When Gorgomonstrum torvovenator goes into its terrifying display with its frill and eyes, hissing all the while (see above), every living creature which sees it must make a successful Willpower save (DC 15) or else become frightened. This includes all humans, PCs and NPCs alike, as well as all animals with the party (if any), such as pets, hunting beasts, mounts, and pack animals. Thus, even if a character who is riding makes his save, he may still wind up retreating if his mount fails its own. Other gorgomonstrums are immune to this effect.

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