Taterbug «Giant Potato Bug»

Reported By: unknown contributor in MM2

Role: Unknown
Base Stock: Potato bug

MCC Stat Block: Giant Potato Bug 'Taterbug' (2d10 (11)): Init +7; atk 2 x 'hands' melee +10 (1d4+6); AC 16; HD 13D7 hp 52 each; MV 15' ; 1d20+1d20; SV Fort +4, Ref +0, Will +0
Mutations: None

Number Appearing: 2d10
Morale: 8
Hit Dice: HD 13D7
Armor: 6 (AC 16)
Size: Large 8-10 Meters

Movement: MV 15'

Attack: 2 x 'Hands' melee +10 (1d4+6)

MS: 11   PS: 31
IN: 2   DX: 9
CH: 1   CN: 21

Frequency: Common
Organization: Unknown
Activity Cycle: Unknown
Diet: Herbivore
Habitat: Temperate Plains
Tech Level: 0 - 0
Artifacts: Unknown

Description (Initial Observations): These giant, docile herbivores roam the vast overgrown grasslands of Gamma Terra, and are comparable to the large herds of buffalo that once roamed the plains of America. These animals typically have no mutations other than their large size.

Reactions: No known interactions

Behavior: So large and well armored that they have few natural enemies, these animals have been adapted into war-mounts by many societies. A odd saddle with rails that run parallel to the bottom of the beast , (wrapping under the segmented armor plates to prevent it from rolling into a ball) is fitted at the apex of the creatures back. A pair of barbed spikes is inserted under the first segment of armored plate, between the head and the torso of the animal. Reins are attached to these spikes to facilitate guiding the animal, just as with a more traditional steed. A set of stirrups dangle from the saddle and are connected by chains to the trailing edge of the rails. By pulling forward on these stirrups the creature is encouraged to move forward. These creatures are very fast, about half the speed of a centisteed, at full speed.If attacked, a herd will run in a random direction. If one runs over a creature (less than 3m tall and it must make a To- Hit roll), it inflicts 4d10 points of damage.Giant potato bugs (or sow bugs or pill bugs) are very important to the plains ecosystem. They are hunted by specialized carnivores (like the Ti'tal and the obb) that can break through the bugs' armor.

Behavior: Behavior not recorded

Society: Anthropological studies incomplete