A catoblepas (pronounced: /kɑːˈtɑːblɛpʌska-TAB-le-pus[5][6] about this audio file listen or: /kətˈblɛpəskuht-OH-bleh-puhs[6] or: /kætˈblɛpʌskæt-o-BLEP-us[5] about this audio file listen or: /kætˈblipʌskæt-o-BLEEP-us[5] about this audio file listen) was a seeming mix of buffalo, dinosaur, warthog and hippopotamus that lived in swamps or wastelands.[1][7]

Description[edit | edit source]

The aberration had the large body of a buffalo that sat atop squat legs that resembled those of a pachyderm. A catoblepas' head resembled that of a warthog and sat atop an elongated neck that seemed ill-suited for actual support.[7]

It possessed as scent that reeked of death and famine, not dissimilar to swamp gas that filled its favored environment.[1]

Behavior[edit | edit source]

A catoblepas spent most of its time wandering around its swampy domain to graze on grass and weed. Whenever the full moon shone, it ventured out further to hunt for meat.[7]

Combat[edit | edit source]

Its most feared ability was its deadly gaze.[8] A catoblepas could easily stun prey with it mace-like tail that whipped around at incredible speeds.[7]

History[edit | edit source]

It was believed that the first catoblepases were created by a Netherese archmage.[7]

Rumors & Legends[edit | edit source]

Some legends claimed that hags raised these creatures like cattle and fed on their milk.[1]

Ecology[edit | edit source]

Habitats[edit | edit source]

Catoblepases were very rarely encountered in the wild.[7] While they roamed in swamps and marshes to begin with, their continued presence in an area cultivated disease cause beneficial flora to wither away and die.[1]

Some were known to inhabit the Marsh of Chelimber[9] and occasionally in some of the marshes or peat bogs of High Moor.[10]

Relationships[edit | edit source]

The marsh drovers of the Farsea Marshes were also known to have domesticated whole herds of the beasts.[7]

Usage[edit | edit source]

The flavorful death cheese sold by Aurora's Whole Realms Catalogue was made by using catoblepas milk gathered by blind monks.[11] It could be found for sale in the markets of Eagle Peak.[7]

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Appearances[edit | edit source]

Circle of Fear
Card Games
AD&D Trading Cards

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Wizards RPG Team (2016). Volo's Guide to Monsters. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 129. ISBN 978-0786966011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ed Bonny, Jeff Grubb, Rich Redman, Skip Williams, and Steve Winter (September 2002). Monster Manual II 3rd edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 41. ISBN 07-8692-873-5.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Doug Stewart (June 1993). Monstrous Manual. (TSR, Inc), p. 39. ISBN 1-5607-6619-0.
  4. Gary Gygax (December 1977). Monster Manual, 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 13. ISBN 0-9356-9600-8.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Frank Mentzer (January 1985). “Ay pronunseeAYshun gyd”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #93 (TSR, Inc.), p. 25.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Dungeons & Dragons FAQ (HTML). Wizards of the Coast. (2003). Archived from the original on 2017-07-09. Retrieved on 2018-05-22.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 Thomas M. Costa (September 2002). “The Dragon's Bestiary: The Horrors of Cormyr”. In Jesse Decker ed. Dragon #299 (Paizo Publishing, LLC), pp. 52–59.
  8. David "Zeb" Cook et al. (1989). Monstrous Compendium Volume One. (TSR, Inc). ISBN 0-8803-8738-6.
  9. Tim Beach (October 1995). “The Serpent Hills”. In Julia Martin ed. Elminster's Ecologies Appendix II (TSR, Inc), p. 28. ISBN 0786901713.
  10. Tim Beach (October 1995). “The High Moor”. In Julia Martin ed. Elminster's Ecologies Appendix II (TSR, Inc), p. 26. ISBN 0786901713.
  11. Jeff Grubb, Julia Martin, Steven E. Schend et al (1992). Aurora's Whole Realms Catalogue. (TSR, Inc), p. 122. ISBN 0-5607-6327-2.
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