|Average height||50 ft.|
|Behind the Scenes|
|Universe||Dungeons & Dragons|
The tarrasque is a fifty foot tall and seventy feet long quadruped with a long tail, reflective carapace and two large horns on its head.
The tarrasque is an enormous abomination, roughly the size of an ancient dragon, with two long horns extending from its forehead, a thick carapace, mighty tail, and a wide, toothy mouth. The tarrasque also has two small eyes but it does not rely on these for its primary method of sensory perception and if they are blinded or removed, it is effectively unhindered. The tarrasque is impossible to frighten or charm and has resistances to every kind of damage imaginable. It moves at a speed roughly half again that of a human, either while walking on the surface, climbing a height, or burrowing through the earth.
The tarrasque is an eating machine while awake, capable of swallowing creatures of roughly giant size whole. When roused, it would, by its design, eat quite literally the entire world, including plants and animals. Fortunately it has recently been only active for a week or two before it returns to its slumber to sleep for five to twenty months although, once every decade or so the tarrasque will stay active for several months, after which it will sleep four to sixteen years, unless disturbed. Why it returns to slumber is unknown, though it seems inevitable that at some point it will try and fulfill its purpose to destroy the world entirely.
The tarrasque has many unusual abilities gifted to it by its creators. Among the most terrifying of these is its ability to ignore any natural resistances its victims have, cutting right through them with its deadly attacks. It also has the ability to dramatically hinder the ability of creatures within 200 feet of it to fly, reducing their speed substantially while also bringing them down to a maximum altitude of twenty feet, which puts them within the beast's reach. Most dangerous of all, of course, is the tarrasque's insatiable appetite.
It is also rumored, though unproven, that the tarrasque have the ability to instill nearby creatures with terrible fear, rendering them incapable of action. It is also said that the tarrasque is wholly immune to the ill effects of fire, poison, or disease. However, this latter ability seems to be a false interpretation, the tarrasque merely being immensely difficult to injure.
Most are wholly unaware of the tarrasque's existence and those that do know of it are unsure about its origins, which they surmise to be anything from its actual creation to it being the weapon of an ancient and evil cabal of wizards. Most dismiss these theories, however, as unproven musings. More important is that the tarrasque rarely leaves evidence or witnesses, so dangerous is its nature.
- This species is inspired by the similarly-named mythological beast known as the Tarasque.