Buru

Buru © Matteo Bacchin. Accessed at his deviantArt page here

This creature resembles an elongated crocodile, with a powerful tail and tusked jaws. It is slate-blue in color, and three rows of scutes line its back and tail.

Taken from the Creature Codex

The burus are a species of large salamanders that closely resemble crocodiles. They tend to live in isolated swamps and highland valleys in regions too cool for crocodiles to comfortably inhabit. Burus are omnivores, feeding mostly on fish and freshwater invertebrates but supplementing this diet with roots and tubers.  A buru’s teeth are well adapted to this mixed diet—most of its teeth are low crushing molars, but it has a pair of sharp fangs in front for piercing flesh. Unlike crocodiles, they rarely see humanoids as prey, but they are fiercely territorial.

Burus are most comfortable in the water, but are capable of moving about on land. They dwell in burrows dug into the riverbank, but in areas where burus are common some might lair in dens far from the water. Burus are not social creatures, but may gather in large groups when resources are common. Female burus tend to be larger than males, and during mating season the males move over long distances to court as many females as possible. Burus lay only a small clutch of eggs that are born as tadpoles the size of a human arm—it can take several years for the young to reach full size. During the winter, burus hibernate, curling up inside of their dens to wait out the snow and ice.

A buru weighs up to 400 pounds and grows between 12 and 15 feet long.

Burus as Animal Companions
Size Medium; Speed 20 ft., swim 40 ft., burrow 10 ft.; Attack bite (1d4), tail slap (1d8 plus trip); Reach 5 ft. (10 ft. with tail slap); Ability Scores Str 9, Dex 19, Con 10, Int 1, Wis 13, Cha 6; Special Qualities amphibious, slink, low-light vision

7th level advancement
Size Large; AC +2 natural armor; Attack bite (1d6), tail slap (1d12 plus trip); Ability Scores Str +8, Dex –2, Con +4

Buru      CR 3
XP 800
N Large animal (aquatic)
Init +3; Senses low-light vision, Perception +6
Defense
AC 
14, touch 12, flat-footed 11(-1 size, +3 Dex, +2 natural)
hp 
39 (6d8+12)
Fort +7, Ref +8, Will +3
Offense
Speed 
20 ft., swim 40 ft., burrow 10 ft.
Melee 
bite +6 (1d6+3), tail slap +2 (1d12+1 plus trip)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft. (10 ft. with tail slap)
Statistics
Str 
17, Dex 17, Con 14, Int 1, Wis13, Cha 6
Base Atk 
+4; CMB +8; CMD 21 (25 vs. trip)
Feats 
Combat Reflexes, Skill Focus (Stealth), Weapon Focus (tail slap)
Skills 
Perception +6, Stealth +9, Swim +11
SQ 
amphibious, slink
Ecology
Environment 
temperate marshes
Organization 
solitary, pair or wallow (3-8)
Treasure 
none
Special Abilities
Slink (Ex) 
A buru can take two 5 foot steps a round. If a buru uses this ability, its speed is reduced by 5 ft. on its next turn.

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