Megalochelys Thalassos Deep Snapper

Megalochelys thalassos

Gargantuan Animal

Hit Dice:

18d10+144 (243 hp)

Initiative:

-2 (Dex)

Speed:

10 ft., swim 30 ft.

AC:

22 (-4 size, -2 Dex, +18 natural)

Attacks:

Bite +17 melee

Damage:

Bite 4d8+14

Face/Reach:

40 ft. by 60 ft./15 ft.

Special Attacks:

Armor nullification

Special Qualities:

None

Saves:

Fort +21, Ref +4, Will +4

Abilities:

Str 28, Dex 6, Con 26,

Int 1, Wis 6, Cha 8

Skills:

Spot+16

Climate/Terrain:

Warm aquatic

Organization:

Solitary

Challenge Rating:

8

Treasure:

None

Alignment:

Always neutral

Advancement:

19-36 HD (Colossal)

Megalochelys thalassos, the "huge turtle of the sea," is a descendant of the Mesozoic sea turtle Archelon, but where that turtle was only 12 feet long, this monster is 60 feet long and 40 feet across, with large eyes, a red-rimmed beak that stands out from the dull brown of the rest of the animal, and a backward-sloping shell composed of massive, shingle-like scales. It is an omnivore, feasting on seaweed and dead or injured marine animals, while its protective carapace gives few of the Tempest Sea's many large predators an opportunity to prey on it in turn. Its tongue is wormlike in appearance, and it often lies on the sea bottom wiggling its tongue in its open mouth to attract hungry fish into its beak.

SOCIETY

Like all sea turtles, Megalochelys thalassos is a solitary creature. The female lays her eggs on shore and buries them, and out of several dozen eggs, only a few offspring will survive to reach adulthood.

COMBAT

This massive turtle fights with its powerful beak, which gives it a rather nasty extra attack.

Armor Nullification (Ex): The crushing beak of this enormous sea turtle has so much power in it that the armor bonus of any creature suffering a bite attack is halved, and yes, that includes manmade body armor, and even Union ironclad armor. Sorry.

BYPRODUCTS

The flesh and eggs of this monster are quite delicious, and the calipee (the soft lining inside the shell) alone sells for $800 because of the exquisite soup that can be made from it. Because these creatures are too stupid to be trained, food is the only reason to obtain their eggs. In addition, the invulnerable upper and lower halves of the carapace can be made into armor plating for Colossal creatures such as tamed brachiosaurs, a complete shell costing $3,000. This is heavy armor, with a +8 armor bonus, max Dex bonus of +0, and armor check penalty of -8. A treated, ready-to-wear suit of armor costs $8,000.

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