Val CHA Cost Roll Notes 53 STR 43 20- Lift 38.8 tons; 10 1/2d6 HTH Damage  16 DEX 18 12- OCV: 5/DCV: 5 40 CON 60 17- 35 BODY 50 16- 8 INT -2 11- PER Roll 13- 5 EGO -10 10- ECV: 2 33 PRE 23 16- PRE Attack: 6 1/2d6 6 COM -2 10- 15/21 PD 4 Total: 15/21 PD (6/12 rPD) 12/18 ED 4 Total: 12/18 ED (6/12 rED) 4 SPD 14 Phases: 3, 6, 9, 12 19 REC 0 80 END 0 82 STUN 0 Total Characteristics Cost: 202 Movement: Running: 9"/18" Leaping: 0"/0" Swimming: 0"/0" Cost Powers & Skills 4 Roaring: +10 PRE; Only For Fear-Based Presence Attacks (-1), Incantations (-1/4) 40 Jaws: HKA 2 1/2d6 (5d6+1 w/STR), END 4 8 Forelimb Claws: HKA 1/2d6 (1d6+1 w/STR); Reduced Penetration (-1/4), END 1 6 Armored Head: Armor (6 PD/6 ED); Activation Roll 8- (or Locations 3-5; -2) 6 Thickly Armored Skin: Damage Resistance (6 PD/6 ED) 22 Heavy: Knockback Resistance -11" 4 Long Legs: Running +3" (9" total); Increased Endurance Cost (x2 END; -1/2), END 2 -2 Can't Swim: Swimming -2" 6 Sharp Senses: +2 PER with all Sense Groups 5 Tail: Extra Limb (1), Inherent (+1/4); Limited Manipulation (-1/4) Skills 10 +2 with HTH Combat 3 Camoflage Coloration: +4 with Concealment; Only In Specific Environments/Situations (-1), Self Only (-1/2) 3 Stealth 12- Total Powers & Skill Cost: 115 Total Cost: 317 75+ Disadvantages 15 Physical Limitation: Animal Intelligence (Frequently, Greatly Impairing) 10 Physical Limitation: Huge (16m, or 8"; -6 DCV, +6 to PER Rolls to perceive) (Frequently, Slightly Impairing) 5 Physical Limitation: Reduced Leap, cannot leap (Infrequently, Slightly Impairing) 15 Physical Limitation: Very Limited Manipulation (Frequently, Greatly Impairing) 197 Experience Points Total Disadvantage Points: 317
Ecology: By far the largest land predator on Skull Island, and one of the largest predators ever, Vastatosaurus Rex lives up to its name of "Ravager Lizard-King." The top predator on the island, V. Rex hunts nearly anything and everything. Adult males can be found all across the open lowlands, while adult females usually dwell along the fringes of the jungles. Juveniles, meanwhile, live in packs in the dense jungle interior, avoid the adults (and many large predators), until they grow large enough to hunt on their own.
While large and strong enough to take even the large plant eaters, V. Rex is an opportunistic predator and isn't above taking a kill from another V. Rex, or another predator species entirely. They also aren't above eating carrion, and tend to consume most of a kill, their strong stomach acids capable of digesting most anything, while their powerful jaws could crack even the strongest bones for the rich marrow.
Normally solitary, male V. Rexes will seek out females come mating season, staying with a receptive female for a few days until she sends him away. Adolescents and juveniles tend to steal unguarded kills during this time, while young adults may try to steal an adult's unguarded territory.
Personality/Motivation: Typical animal motivations. Vastatosaurus Rexes are strongly territorial, and will make the boundaries with urine. Intruders are chased off, while each morning on Skull Island one can easily hear the V. Rexes roaring out their claims. Confrontations do happen, usually seen as roaring contests and displays, but physical violence is possible, in the form of knockdown brawls. Many older V. Rexes show numerous scars from such fights.
Powers/Tactics: Although capable of reaching 25 MPH in a dead run (for short stretches), V. Rex is more of an ambush predator. They lurk near waterholes, trails, and in areas of light forest, where they normally prey on Ligocristus. They usually use their dark coloration to help hide their appearance, staying in shadowed areas—such near stands of scrub, cliffs and outcroppings, and ruins. Amazingly stealthy for their size, they are also more flexible than they look, due to the arraignment of their rib cage and hips.
With huge jaws filled with teeth, V. Rex simply bites into most prey to deliver an almost instantaneous killing blow. Small prey (such as man-sized objects) are usually wolfed down hole, while anything larger is torn into chucks—usually by bracing the body with one three-toed foot.
Appearance: Vastatosaurus Rex looks much like the classic Tyrannosaur, except its about ten feet longer (they can reach up to 50 feet in length). This would make it the second largest land carnivore ever, with only Spinosaurus being larger (at 60 feet in length). Giganotosaurus is a close third, at 45 feet, with Tyrannosaurus measuring in at around 43 feet. Vastatosaurus Rex weighs in at around 8-10 tons as well, making it a top candidate for the heaviest predator. The head of a V. Rex is heavily encrusted with bone and thickened scales, with similar armor plating down the spine and across most of the body. The massive feet have three toes (for stability on the soft terrain), while the forelimbs have three fingers (unlike the two of a T. Rex). Color wise, V. Rex is mostly black, which helps the reptile warm up quickly in the mornings and assists in hiding it in shadowed areas.
Designer's Notes: Vastatosaurus Rex was based off of the Tyrannosaurus Rex character sheet seen in the HERO System Bestiary, and scaled up to account for being around 10 feet longer (and generally more bulky). Three V. Rexes appeared in the 2005 King Kong film, chasing Ann Darrow and battling Kong himself. Naturally Kong emerges victorious. As a side note, all the different dinosaurs (aside from V. Rex) mentioned under "Appearance" are real, as are the sizes and estimated weights. Oh, and one last bit of trivia: the V. Rexes have three fingers because the T. Rexes from the 1933 King Kong had three fingers.
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