Potamoceratops Cretasus River Bronco

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Potamoceratops cretasus Huge Animal

9 sides (-2 size, -2 Dex, +3 natural) Bite +18 melee

Bite 3d8+9

Immunity to poison, scent Fort +18, Ref +8, Will +6 Str 28, Dex 8, Con 28, Int 6, Wis 13, Cha 8 Listen +8, Spot +8

lengths in order to deal with the terrible carnivores of Storm Valley. The appearance of the lance head has turned the entire animal into a single massive weapon. When thrusting at close range, the dinosaur can inflict 3d6+7 points of damage with its gore. However, standing off at a distance and then charging is much preferred, as the initial impact will then cause 6d6+14 points of damage.

As with the ancestral boneheads, these creatures will coordinate their attacks, with half the herd charging at once, then the second wave charging while the first wave withdraws to gather space for another high-speed charge.


The skulls of these creatures are much sought-after by trophy hunters, garnering as much as $300. Wild ones and other wilderness-dwellers and settlers, however, prefer to snap the lance head off from the main part of the skull and use it as either the basis of a spear or, for those who prefer a more civilized type of melee combat, the blade of a homemade rapier or longsword. Pilumcephalus-point swords are much in demand among the Confederate gentry, a finished weapon earning the crafter as much as $100, though there are some snobs skilled with their hands who prefer a "real man's" sword which they have fashioned themselves after personally killing the donor dinosaur. When wild ones have removed the lance head for use as a spear point, they often



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Warm freshwater

Solitary or herd (10-40, 50% young) 8


Always neutral 21-40 HD (Gargantuan), 41-50 HD (Colossal)

Potamoceratops cretasus, the "Cretasus river horn-face," has a slightly deceptive name, as this ceratopsian's horns - a pair of 2ft. eyebrow horns and a foot-long nasal horn, all blunt - are totally useless in defense. This creature is the Storm Valley equivalent of the hippopotamus, being a massively corpulent creature that wallows in the rivers, lakes, and marshes of this corner of Cretasus. It is bulkier and less agile than its relative Triceratops, has a much-reduced bony frill that still protects the head, and sports a pair of massive beaked jaws that can do terrible damage in combat. This creature's whitish-yellow head is in sharp contrast to the silky blackness of its hide, and the largest specimens reach a length of 60 feet, with the head alone being 12 feet across.


Although few predators care to face this creature even when it's alone, it prefers the company of others due to a gregarious nature, and stretches of river and marsh seem at times to be positively alive with these animals as they thrash and splash about. Each adult male has his own harem, generally won by intimidat ing rivals with threat displays. The inside of each Potamoceratops mouth is a vivid reddish-orange in color, making an intimidating sight, indeed, particularly when the animal is roaring at the same time its mouth is wide open. Still, there are times when this attempt at psychological warfare fails. Then the great jaws come into play, and many P. cretasus males bear abundant scars from a series of fierce and bloody battles. All differences between individuals are forgotten when a common threat such as a predator appears, and every adult in the herd will participate in the mutual defense.


The massive jaws of Potamoceratops are terrible weapons, with a single bite often being sufficient to sever the leg of even one of the largest carnosaurs. As a result, these tend to direct their attentions to the aged, the young, and the sick and injured, particularly when the intended victim has strayed from the rest of the herd and the carnivores have numbers on their side.

Aside from its bite, this dinosaurs has a number of qualities that come into play in combat:

Ram Boat (Ex): One trait this ceratopsian shares with the earthly mammal it resembles is an irritable nature that manifests itself in severe hostility toward water craft. Whenever the party is traveling by boat and encounters one of these creatures, roll 1d6; even numbers mean the creature attacks on sight, ramming the boat and biting it. Boats smaller than the creature are automatically capsized; boats of equal size or one increment larger may do so at the GM's discretion.

Immunity to Poison (Ex): Like real hippos, pigs, and other fat animals, this creature shows a heightened resistance to poisons, taking half damage at most from them, and then only if it fails its saving throw. If the poison causes nausea, puts the victim to sleep, paralyzes him, etc., then the effects will only last half as long as normal, again assuming a failed saving throw.


The flesh and fat of this dinosaur are delicious, the latter so much so that it is even eaten raw. The hide is so tough that it can be used in making hide armor, with an intact hide (which costs $6,000) having sufficient material to produce a half-dozen suits of Medium-size armor. This armor gives a +5 armor bonus, max Dex bonus of +4, armor check penalty of -2, and a weight of 30 pounds.

The massive head is popular among trophy hunters, though not as much as that of other ceratopsians; aside from the horns being so small, the head is simply so huge that it's hard to find a wall large enough to hang it from and a room large enough to display it. Its eggs are also eaten, though few egg thieves have gotten away with their thievery. Finally, the folk medicine dealers among the pioneer settlements are willing to pay $800 for the massive liver, which is not only delicious, but is (falsely) rumored to transfer to the eater the previous owner's resistance to poison.

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