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Gbahali

Resembling an enormous, long-legged alligator, the gbahali is larger, stronger, faster, and more cunning than all but the largest of its crocodilian kin. Gbahalis will range far from the banks of the rivers they inhabit to seek prey. With a powerful, squat snout, a gbahali viciously bites their quarry, while their powerful hind legs allow them to leap upon fleeing creatures or stride away to safety when threatened.

Gbahalis are solitary creatures, splitting their time between the rivers that offer easy meals of fish and aquatic snakes and stalking the edges of the hunting territories of larger, meatier prey. Given the option, gbahalis much prefer warm-blooded food, but a hungry or injured gbahali remains near a river where it can more easily consume large fish, snakes, or even crocodiles until it's ready to hunt its preferred quarry once again. An adult gbahali can quickly take down and consume livestock, leaving no sign of its meals but enormous scuffed tracks in the ground, as its jaws are large enough to swallow many creatures whole.

Gbahalis have a basic understanding of humanoid behavior. A gbahali learns quickly to evade trackers and traps, and can skillfully hunt along the fringes of a settlement for months before its presence becomes known. They usually avoid humanoid prey, even when hungry; they know that humanoid communities may hunt them in dogged retaliation for feasting upon a humanoid. Gbahalis therefore prefer to hunt far-ranging livestock like ranch or grazing animals. If another predator threatens a gbahali's territory, it might attack a humanoid, leave messy remains strewn about, and then retreat from the area for several weeks. In this time, it hopes the angry humanoids will hunt and kill its rival, leaving the gbahali an uncontested hunting ground when it returns.

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GbahaliCreature 9

UncommonNHugeBeast
Source Pathfinder #170: Spoken on the Song Wind pg. 81
Perception +17; low-light vision, scent (imprecise) 30 feet
Skills Athletics +20, Stealth +17 (+21 in water), Survival +17
Str +7, Dex +4, Con +5, Int -3, Wis +4, Cha -2
Deep Breath A gbahali can hold its breath for 2 hours.
AC 28; Fort +20, Ref +17, Will +17
HP 170
Attack of Opportunity ReactionReaction
Speed 40 feet, swim 30 feet; powerful jumper
Melee Single ActionSingle Action jaws +21 [+16/+11] (deadly d12, reach 10 feet), Damage 2d10+13 piercing plus GrabMelee Single ActionSingle Action claw +21 [+17/+13] (agile, reach 10 feet), Damage 2d6+13 slashingMelee Single ActionSingle Action tail +21 [+16/+11] (backswing, reach 15 feet), Damage 2d10+13 bludgeoningAquatic Ambush Single ActionSingle Action 40 feetPowerful Jumper A gbahali jumps 10 feet up on a successful High Jump or 20 feet up on a critical success.Swallow Whole Single ActionSingle Action (attack) Medium, 2d8+7 bludgeoning, Rupture 20

Sidebar - Additional Lore Gbahali Nests

Long-lived, solitary, and rare, gbahalis have survived numerous attempts to hunt them into extinction by simply remaining far from each other's hunting grounds. A gbahali can survive for two centuries or more and can spend weeks away from its preferred rivers; naturalists assume the creatures come together to mate and perhaps raise young, but no gbahali mating grounds or nests have yet been found. Given the speed with which gbahali can bring down and consume prey, few ecologists relish the prospect of finding a nest of the creatures.