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Greater Triceraclops

The greater triceraclops is a huge, three-horned, one-eyed dinosaur that lives a solitary life in the wilds of Maapera. Properly raised, they are sometimes used by the lizardfolk of Maapera as a heavy working beast. No other humanoids have been able to domesticate the greater triceraclops. They are used on trading voyages for bulk cargo, sometimes for logging in the forest, helping pull trees down and haul them back to the villages.

Basic Information

Anatomy

Triceraclops have a beaky dinosaur face, with a horn rising from the tip of their noses. One great eye sits in the middle of their face, with a substantial brow ridge and two enormous horns protruding above it. The eyes are typically green or brown, but occasionally a triceraclops with a violet eye is spotted.   Their legs are thick and their bodies huge and bulky. They have relatively short and thick tails. Their scales are substantial and provide them with good protection in the forest.   An adult of the species averages 3.5 meters at the shoulder, 5 meters at the frill, perhaps 6 meters high at the top of the back. (In D&D terms, they are size Huge.)

Ecology and Habitats

Greater triceraclops are well camouflaged for their forest habitat. Dark in the legs and belly, mottled green and brown up the sides, lighter green on top with occasional splashes of bright colors in bird sized spots along the bony frill on the back of their heads. They are plant eaters and spend most of their waking hours foraging.

Additional Information

Social Structure

Unlike their cousins, the Pygmy Triceraclops, greater triceraclops are solitary foragers and wary of humanoids. They only approach other triceraclops during the mating season, which occurs every two or three years.

Domestication

Adult triceraclops can be captured, at great risk, but not domesticated. Even triceraclops raised in captivity will usually turn feral at adolescence, doing their best to break out of their pen and return to the wild. The one exception is found in Maapera - Triceraclops raised from the egg by Lizardfolk will typically bond with their caretakers and accept some training as beasts of burden.

Uses, Products & Exploitation

The lizardfolk of the Maapera rainforest use the greater triceraclops as an enormous beast of burden, carrying heavy loads of trade goods into the cities, and returning with bulk supplies for the villages. A well-trained (or perhaps less surly) triceraclops can also be used to clear roads through the forest, knocking down trees and hauling them away. After death, their scales make good armor and their bones will be used as structural supports in lizardfolk buildings and docks.

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Greater Triceraclops

Huge beast, unaligned
Armor Class 13 (natural armor)
Hit Points 95 (10d12 +30) 10d12+30
Speed 50ft

STR
22 +6
DEX
9 -1
CON
17 +3
INT
2 -4
WIS
11 0
CHA
5 -3

Damage Resistances Bludgeoning
Senses passive Perception 10
Languages --
Challenge 5 (1,800 XP)


Tromple. If the triceraclops moves at least 20 feet straight toward a creature and then hits it with a gore attack on the same turn, that target must succeed on a DC 13 Strength saving throw or be knocked prone. If the target is prone, the triceraclops can make one stomp attack against it as a bonus action.


Actions

Gore. Melee Weapon Attack: +9 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 24 (4d8 + 6) piercing damage.   Stomp. Melee Weapon Attack: +9 to hit, reach 5 ft., one prone creature. Hit: 22 (3d10 + 6) bludgeoning damage.


 

So big, it doesn't care about you. Just don't.

The greater triceraclops can found in jungles and primordial forests, but prefers to be left alone.


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Comments

Author's Notes

Write about a creature that is used as a beast of burden or transport animal.
— Summer Camp 2019 challenge


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Jul 11, 2019 04:26 by Tristan Snaer

I liked their cousins and I like these ones too! Just a quick note in the statblock, I believe you mean to say Trample, not, "Tromple."   For a small article, you cover a lot of the general information we would need very well, although reading through, a thought occurred to me about their singular eye and the horn at the tip of the nose.   You say the horn rises from the tip of the nose and that they have one eye in the center of their face. Does this mean the triceraclops actually hinders itself from the vision the horn is causing itself to block? Because I fully expect it would. This would be a nice addition to touch on, and if it does hinder them, could provide another interesting element for their kind to work around (like methods they use to get around this obscurity of vision).

~ Tristan
Jul 11, 2019 06:11 by R. Dylon Elder

i loved the cyclops element. i literally thought i was just reading about a triceratops but bigger and noticed that subtle difference in the name. Very nice. Overall the description is nice and the inclusion of the stats in the sidebar is always good. Is it the fact that they are reptilian? is that why lizardfolk can domesticate them? why cant humans? Another question is what are the natural predators they have if any?

Jul 11, 2019 09:01 by Dryant Feywright

Although I am not an expert in Tabletop RPGs, I like the lore you're establishing. The Cyclops element mentioned by R. Dylon was an interesting touch to the description and makes you think they lack some depth perception. Do they struggle with depth perception? I'm also wondering about why the triceratops go feral at adolescence? What is the neurology or psychology behind that? Hopefully, I'll be able to get updated on more background information behind this Heel-Turn for the triceratops. Usually, animals taken in at a young age would be relatively domesticated but it would be great to see how the sudden change is epxlained.

Jul 11, 2019 16:46 by Heather Strickler

Overall I like the concept, and it sounds fun. The article was vivid enough that I'm now trying to figure out what sort of harnesses the Lizardfolk use on these creatures. Do they strap goods along the sides as they tend to with camels? Or does it have a flat enough back for things to go above? Since you're setting it up for D&D, this would definitely add good flavor to a culture, or a very interesting encounter.   Two questions for the future development: First, to echo a bit of what Tristan said (since I have the same question), does the front horn obscure vision or is the head 'tall' enough that the eye is actually above the point of the horn?   Secondly is it tasty? (Who might consider a Huge herbivore a good source of dinner, similar to the mammoth?)

Jul 11, 2019 21:03

I curious where you came up with the idea of a triceratops with one eye? What about the lizardfolk allows them to tame the triceraclops compared to everyone else? While I have never played DnD and as such, I do not know what to make of the stats, I thought it was a nice and helpful touch. I assume you are a DM? The only other questions I could think of are, is there a chance the other humanoid species might try to steal a tamed triceraclops from the lizardfolk to see if it will obey them? Also, is it possible some intelligent beings might search its natural habitat to collect the scales and bones?   I enjoyed reading about this, nice article :)