Monday, March 18, 2013

Pachycephalosaurus & Spinosaurus

Ah, pachycephalosaurus…the football player of the dinosaur kingdom. 

And ah, spinosaurus…the “Sweet Desna’s dinnerware, it’s headed straight for us!” of the dinosaur kingdom.

Actually, in the real world it’s potentially the largest carnivorous land animal ever.  Remember the spinosaurus snapping the neck of the tyrannosaurus in Jurassic Park III?  Yeah, that was pretty awesome.  Want to scare your players?  Have one “rescue” them by eating a dragon right in front of them.

While pachycephalosauruses are normally encountered in pairs, they gather in great groups during mating season, where the males butt heads together in a manner reminiscent of elk—only much, much louder.  When a fighter’s brightly polished shield and helm attracts their attention, they think he is another male come to join the joust, and they react accordingly…

Adventurers fleeing a spinosaurus take to the water to escape, only to find that the river is shallow enough for the dinosaur to follow them by walking along the riverbed.  They also find that it can hold its breath for over an hour and a half…

A nation of preserved serpentfolk—mummies, liches, and even some lucky living members roused from torpor—awake to find their once-verdant delta is now the edge of a desert ruled by feeble humans.  Determined to retake the land and irrigate it back to health, they recall from the deep past their favorite war steeds: a pack of spinosauruses.

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You can also look up how much a spinosaurus companion costs in Animal Archive.  But if you have to ask…yup, you can’t afford it.

We’ve reached the letter P!  Huzzah.  My 1e and 2e D&D fans…heck, even my 3.0/3.5 fans…please bear with me for the next week or two.  A lot of the P monsters are new names you won’t have seen in the Monster Manual.  But there’s a purple worm on its way, I promise.

Tomorrow, I have more things to say.  Also music.  I promise that, too.  But tonight, sleep.  Cool with you?  Please let that be cool with you.

1 comment:

  1. In the real world, spinosauruses were big, but frail. They were skinny and lightweight for their size, and probably ate mostly fish. I was hoping that Paizo would make a more accurate spinosaur, but no, they had to go with the JPIII monstrosity. Ah well