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Behemoths (also known as dinosaurs or thunderers[2]) were a group of ancient reptilian creatures found on Toril.

DescriptionEdit

Behemoths came in many shapes and sizes though, as their name implied, the best known were typically very large. Behemoths could be either herbivorous or carnivorous, depending on the species. Unlike dragons, behemoths were incapable of speech and were non-intelligent by nature.[3]

Behemoths came in many varieties, from small to large, but most shared a number of physical features. Behemoths were, for instance, all covered in a layer of pebble-like skin. Most also demonstrated a well-developed sense of smell, which predatory behemoths used to hunt. [3] Many were also herbivorous.[4]

PsychologyEdit

Like dragons, predatory behemoths had a powerful lust to hunt, their razor-sharp teeth suitable for rending prey apart and were also highly territorial. Herbivorous behemoths were usually less aggressive although when defending their young or wounded or after being startled or irritated, they could be vicious enemies [3]

EcologyEdit

HabitatsEdit

Behemoths often lived in areas very much isolated from humanoid habitation. They usually were found in remote mountain valleys, isolated rocky plateaus, dense tropical island forests, or secluded in the deepest and darkest of the jungles.[3]

SpeciesEdit

There were multiple species of behemoths, some of which are listed below.

Bloodspike behemoth
Herbivorous behemoths marked by large plates resting along their spine and a notoriously bad temper.
Ceratosaur
A large, carnivorous variety of behemoth marked by a horn-like ridge along its snout.
Deinonychus
Small, predatory behemoths roughly the size of humans that were highly social.
Elasmosaurus
An aquatic species of behemoth roughly fifty feet in length, much of which was from its extremely long neck and serpentine tail.
Macetail behemoth
Macetail behemoths were extremely territorial behemoths, covered in natural armor from head to toe.
Megaraptor
Superficially similar to deinonychus, though much larger, megaraptors were notable for their large hand claws.
Pteranodon
An enormous flying behemoth that fed on fish. They were common in Chult.[5]
Triceratops
Short-tempered and aggressive even for a herbivore, triceratops were recognizable by their three horns and armored head.
Tyrannosaurus
Among the largest predatory behemoths, tyrannosaurus was both a predator and a scavenger.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual 3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 60. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
  2. Ed Greenwood, Eric L. Boyd, Darrin Drader (July 2004). Serpent Kingdoms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 148. ISBN 0-7869-3277-5.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet and Monte Cook (October 2000). Monster Manual 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 55. ISBN 0-7869-1552-1.
  4. Mike Mearls, Stephen Schubert, James Wyatt (June 2008). Monster Manual 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 31. ISBN 978-0-7869-4852-9.
  5. Ed Greenwood, Eric L. Boyd, Darrin Drader (July 2004). Serpent Kingdoms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 66. ISBN 0-7869-3277-5.

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