Pauna

Chris Van Deelen

No. Enc: 1
Alignment:  Chaotic
Movement: 90’ (30’)
AC: 5
HD: 25
Attacks: 1 bite, 2 slams
Damage: 3d6 / 5d6 / 5d6
Save: L20
Morale: 11
Hoard Class:XV (lair only)

Found mainly in the Pacific Northwest of the former United States, these creatures are massive mutant gorillas. They stand an average of 15 feet in height and weight well in excess of 3 metric tons.

The creatures are incredibly aggressive and violent, even to members of their own species. They are very territorial, claiming in excess of 100 square miles as their personal hunting grounds.

These mutant apes patrol their territory almost non-stop, always looking for intruders or animals to kill, which they will then bring back to their lairs. These are almost always extensive ruins, which are large enough to permit their considerable size and bulk easy access, or caverns.

The lairs are a cesspool of death and decay, with the corpses of previous meals scattered everywhere, from partially eaten corpses to picked-clean bones scattered about without any concern. The smell is what will usually alert those in the know that they are in grave danger.

The creatures will always attack, preferring to literally rip their prey limb from limb, sometimes eating as they attack. In combat, if the creature hits a natural 19-20, the monster has grabbed hold of a limb. The victim is allowed a saving throw versus death to avoid having the limb ripped from their body. If this happens, the victim is killed due to massive trauma inflicted by the wound. Even if they survive by making their saving throw, they will still suffer significant damage.

To make matters worse, the hide and muscle of the beast is so dense that it has a natural damage reduction of 10 against all piercing, slashing and bludgeoning damage, but is still vulnerable to mutation, energy and toxins.  Needless to say, these beasts are very tough and hard to kill.

The females go into heat once every four years and it is the only time they will allow another member of their species to invade their territory – as long as that member happens to be male.

The sex is violent and usually both the male and female are left with scars, but the female is almost always impregnated. The male, if he survives the experience, will leave the territory of the female as soon as possible to lick his wounds and wait for another opportunity.

The gestation period is quite long, being 18 months, and the female gives birth to a single infant. This is the only time they do not show aggression and can be very caring and loving towards the offspring. It takes the offspring 15 years to mature, at which time they will stay with the female. After it has reached sexual maturity, the offspring will leave the female and seek out their own territory.

Mutations: Gigantism, increased physical attribute (Strength)

Source: The 100 season 2.