The Mo'abi is a species
of aquatic reptile found in large swamps in the lusher tropical
regions of Torren.
Despite their appearance Mo'abi are capable of extremely stealthy
movement in their native terrain. Though they generally do not
attack anything larger than themselves a hungry mo'abi may attempt
to ambush adventurers or else lead them astray in the swamps with
it's dorsal light until they are away from firm land then attempt
to pounce on the weakest of the party, dragging them under water
to be drowned, dragged away and eaten.
Teeth only. Legs to stubby to do harm. However if bitten victim
must do a strength check (bendbars) - in the first round or else
the Mo'abi has managed to lock it's jaws shut completely and can
only be removed by the creatures jaw being severed all together
or if the mo'abi is satisfied it's prey is dead and unlocks its
jaw to begin consuming it's kill.
On land Mo'abi can do trample damage but only if their opponent
is prone or, somehow, they manage to knock them over. Mo'abi move
like athmatic sausage dogs on land, though they are strong, and
so it is rare for them to trample anything unless someone has
fallen over from laughter.
They are far more dangerous in water where they use their weight
to hold larger prey underwater until drowned.
Mo'abi are solitary and tend to roam over marshland and estuarine
areas where there are large areas of semi-shallow stagnant or
Out of season encounters between two of the same species usually
result in bellowing and wrestling matches until the weaker individual
is chased from an area. During breeding season only males exhibit
During the early spring mo'abi gather in large numbers to banks
of slow flowing rivers where large mud flats have built up. After
mating the female female produces 3-6 eggs, buries them in the
mud and abandons them.
Young hatch in late spring, generally the strongest eat the weaker
then move on to seek other food types and their own territories
Mainly preys carrion and also small lizards, fish and mammals
it attracts with it's dorsal light, much in the way of an angler
fish, and the sweet scented saliva it continually produces. Large
jaws close on prey and lock into position. A Mo'abi killed while
biting will need to be cut off.
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