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

DescriptionEdit

The abberation 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]

BehaviorEdit

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]

CombatEdit

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]

EcologyEdit

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]

HistoryEdit

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

Legends said that hags raised them like cattle and fed on their milk.[1]

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

The flavorful death cheese sold by Aurora's Whole Realms Catalogue was made by using catoblepas milk gathered by blind monks.[9] It could be found for sale in the markets of Eagle Peak.[7]

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  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. 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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