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This Painting of Aepycamelus (formerly Alticamelus) was made to illustrate one card of a set of 30 collector cards from "Tiere der Urwelt" (Animals of the Prehistoric World). From the Series III.
|Originally Posted by InsanePsychoRabbit of the Wizards Community forums.|
This tall herbivore seems to combine elements of both giraffes and camels. It has long, graceful legs, a small hump on its back, and a very long neck.
AEPYCAMELUS CR 3
AC 14, touch
11, flatfooted 12
Speed 50 ft. (10 squares)
Environment temperate grasslands
Aepycamelus is a large
herd mammal that combines traits of camels and giraffes. It has very long
legs, and a long S-curved neck that places its head over 10 feet above the
ground. Aepycamelus does have the characteristic camel hump, although it is
much smaller than those seen on normal dromedary camels.
A herbivorous grazer similar to the giraffe, the long neck of aepycamelus allows it to dine on vegetation other animals are unable to reach. Aepycamelus is a hardy creature, although it lacks the sustained endurance exhibited by desert-dwelling camels.
A typical aepycamelus stands 7 feet high at the shoulder, although its head, supported by a long neck, stretches a further 3 feet from the ground. An average specimen weighs around 1,500 pounds.
An aepycamelus is not a particularly aggressive animal, although herd members will band together to fight off carnivores. Large and powerful, an aepycamelus can deliver devastating kicks with its hooves, often enough to crack the skull of a wolf or hyena that strays too close.
An aepycamelus makes an excellent mount or pack animal. Its high back allows riders a good vantage point to survey the surrounding area, although mounting the tall beast can be challenging without special training. An aepycamelus is smart and belligerent enough to make a good war mount, and can be trained for such duty with only a DC 15 Handle Animal check. Rearing an aepycamelus colt requires a DC 19 Handle Animal check. An adult aepycamelus can carry up to 400 pounds as a light load.
AEPYCAMELUS IN THE REAL
Aepycamelus was an ancient species of camel that lived throughout North America during the Miocene Epoch (5-10 million years ago). It was the tallest of American camels and likely displayed behavior similar to modern day giraffes, running with a pacing gait, and browsing vegetation unreachable by other herbivores.
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