Manticore
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Nature: Creature
Type: Magical Beast
Heraldry: Kundarak

Alignment: Lawful Evil
Size: Large
CR: 6

Description: "This creature has a vaguely humanoid head, the body of a lion, and the wings of a dragon. The monster's back is set with curved barbs, and its long tail ends in a cluster of deadly spikes."

A typical manticore is about 10 feet long and weighs about 1'000 pounds. Some have more human-like heads, usually with beards. Males and females look much alike.

Perhaps their most distinctive trait is that their mouth has three sets of serrated teeth.

Information: Manticores are fierce predators that patrol a wide area in search of living flesh to consume. They are cunning and evil, and a manticore can be a deadly enemy or a powerful ally.

Manticores eat any meat, even carrion, though they prefer human flesh and rarely pass up an opportunity for such a delicacy.

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They are smart and social enough to bargain with or bully evil humanoids into alliances or offering tribute, and more powerful creatures may hire or bribe them to guard or patrol a place or area. They like lairs in high places, such as hilltops and caves in cliffs.

Curiously, manticores seem strangely fecund, and can interbreed with a number of other similarly shaped creatures, including lions, dire lions, lamias, sphinxes, and even chimeras.

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