Tarrasque
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Nature: Creature
Type: Magical Beast

Alignment: Neutral
Size: Colossal
CR: 25

First Encountered: 34.3 "The Attack of Eight Winds"

Description: "This immense reptilian beast towers over the surroundings like a dinosaur, all teeth and horns and claws and thrashing spiked tail."

"This scaly biped seems about as tall as a five-story building. It carries itself like a bird of prey, leaning well forward and using its powerful, lashing tail for balance. It has two horns on its head and a thick, reflective carapace on its back."

The tarrasque is 70 feet long and 50 feet tall, and it weighs about 130 tons.

Information: The legendary tarrasque — fortunately, only a single one exists — is possibly the most dreaded monster of all (except for the largest dragons), and is among the most destructive creatures in the known worlds.

None can predict where and when the creature will strike next. Thankfully, it spends most of its time in a deep torpor in an unknown cavern in a remote corner of the world — yet when it wakens, kingdoms die.

When active, the tarrasque is a perfect engine of destruction. It rampages across the land eating everything in its path, including plants, animals, humanoids, and even towns. Nothing is safe, and entire communities prefer to flee the ravening tarrasque rather than face its power.

Although far from intelligent, the tarrasque is smart enough to understand a few words in Aklo (though it can't speak). Likewise, it isn’t mindless in its rampages, but instead focuses on targets that threaten it, and is difficult to distract with trickery.

Many legends surround the tarrasque’s origins and purpose. Some hold it to be an abomination unleashed by ancient, forgotten gods to punish all of nature, while others tell of a conspiracy between evil wizards or merciless elemental powers. These tales are mere speculation, however, and the creature’s true nature will probably remain a mystery. The tarrasque isn’t in the habit of explaining itself, and it rarely leaves any living witnesses in its wake.

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