Stegadon

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A Stegadon with a giant bow.

The Stegadons are among the most aggressive and the most powerful creatures to have ever rampaged it's way through the jungles of Lustria and the Southlands. They are ancient creatures that were living in the jungles of Lustria when the Old Ones first arrived. Gigantic, armored beasts, they feed on almost anything they come across, from the lush vegetation and the trunks of vast forest trees, to the flesh of any creature foolish enough to get in their way. They are strong enough to uproot entire trees, and they can crack stone with their heavy footfalls.

In the heat of the jungle, the Stegadons cool themselves by wallowing in the swamps, relying on their thick scaly hide to protect them from crocodiles and the gigantic predatory fish that infest the waters.

Massive horns project from the Stegadons' armored crests, and their bodies are covered in spikes and bony armor plating. Their tails are heavy and barbed, and can be swung with devastating force. These monsters are highly territorial and will charge and destroy anything that invades their territory. Disputes between rival male Stegadons can be heard for miles around, their roars reverberating through the jungle as the massive beasts fight. Often, these battles last for days on end, and are resolved only when one of the competitors has been slain, to be consumed by the victor.

Stegadons serve a variety of purposes in the temple-cities of Lustria. Most are reared from their eggs by a dedicated crew of Skinks, and the Stegadon grows quite protective of its masters. They are commonly used for construction purposes alongside the Kroxigor as heavy lifters and draggers. However, they are frequently ridden into battle, and wear a huge howdah fitted with a variety of weapons, including a massive bow. Older Stegadons use twin blowpipes. Most lethal of all are the arcane devices known as the Engine of the Gods, which are commanded by Skink Priests and allow the Priest to manipulate the Winds of Magic. The very largest Stegadon of all is named Zlaaq, and is the personal mount of Lord Mazdamundi.

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