Saturday, August 10, 2013

Savage Menagerie: Tyrannosaurus Tanx

No. Enc.: 1
Alignment: Neutral
Movement: 150' (50')
Armor Class: 3
Hit Dice: 16
Attacks: 1 (trample or cannon)
Damage: 4d6 or 6d6
Save: L10
Morale: 12
Hoard Class: None

The Tyrannosaurus Tanx (T. Tanx, for short) is one of the true unexplained mutants found in the blasted lands of the Mutant Future. Is it a revived dinosaur with a cybernetic tank turret fused around its head? Is it a fully robotic creature -- perhaps a Bygone war machine gone rogue? Or did a time-travelling alien bring a prehistoric creature into the post-apocalyptic future with a bit of a weapons "improvement"? In the end, it doesn't matter when this 40-foot-tall behemoth comes charging at you while firing explosive rounds in your direction!

The T. Tanx is a 40-foot-tall, bipedal, reptilian creature. Where a head should be is instead a large talk-like turret with a single cannon barrel protruding from the front. The creature can apparently see and hear just fine, though it's undetermined if it has other sensory organs other than eyes and ears allowing it to do so, or if the creature is equipped with robotic sensors allowing it to function. The creature can attack in one of two ways. It can race forward and crush its prey underfoot for 4d6 hit points of damage. Or it can fire a round from its cannon, doing 6d6 hit points to anyone it hits. The T. Tanx can fire this shell up to 750 feet away. It can fire 6 of these shells a day although it is again unknown how the creature "reloads" each day. The T. Tanx is single-minded of purpose -- it will attack to destroy any target it "sees". And it never loses in these conflicts.

There are many wasteland businessmen (weaponsmiths, robotic tinkerers, animal handlers) who would love to solve the mysteries of the T. Tanx in order to exploit its weaponry for their own gain. However, no one has been able to capture one or bring one down to determine if it's a natural or artificial creature.

Mutations: none (unless "cannon for a head" is a mutation)

NOTE: This creature was inspired by an image I saw on The Only Successful One. I just had to stat it.