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Large Magical Beast
Hit Dice: 4d8+12
Initiative: +1
Speed: 40
Armor Class: 13
Base Attack/Grapple: 0
Attack: 0
Full Attack: head butt +7 melee
Space/Reach: 5
Special Attacks: Stampede 1d10, Flatulence
Special Qualities: Scent, Fire Subtype, Cowardice
Saves: Fort +7, Ref +4, Will -3
Abilities: Str 16, Dex 10, Con 16, Int 2, Wis 5, Cha 3
Skills: Listen +8, Spot +5
Feats: None.
Environment: Temperate plains and forests
Organization: Solitary or herd (6-30)
Challenge Rating: 4
Treasure: None
Alignment: True Neutral
Advancement: 5-6 HD (large)
Level Adjustment: 0
The bonnacon is a magical beast of medieval legend, described in the bestiaries of the time as a somewhat horse-like creature with a head like a bull or buffalo and inward curving horns. They are taller than most cows but not as leggy as a horse and more stout. The bonnacon is a cowardly beast, and avoids combat whenever it can. Its horns do little damage, as their points do not project forward. Bonnacons may attack each other during duels for mates, but even these end inconclusively, as neither bull wants to suffer damage. CombatA bonnacon may attack a Small or Tiny target with a head butt to defend its young or if cornered, but is too cowardly to attack even a Medium sized target, preferring to flee and possibly panicking. Panicked herds can turn into stampedes as Bison and other cattle can perform, but if the target of a stampede is at least Medium sized the herd will attempt to change direction and veer around the menacing target.Cowardice: Anytime the bonnacon is threatened with danger it must make a check vs. Will at DC 15 or panic and turn tail to run in the opposite direction, even if that is not the safest thing to do. Those who hunt bonnacons will often frighten the beasts with a loud shout just to see them run over a cliff and fall to their deaths. Head Butt: Bonnacons may perform a head butt as a bison, but doing only 1d4 hp of damage due to their in-curving horns.Stampede: Bonnacons may stampede as bison, but damage is reduced to 1d10.Flatulence: The fart of a bonnacon creates a circular cloud of flaming gas 30' across and 10' high that causes 1d4 damage per round for 1d6 rounds. Reflex save vs. DC 12 for half damage. The fiery fart also ignites any flammable material within the area of the cloud. The awful reek of the flatulence takes it toll as well as it stinks and lingers, adding the nauseating effects of a Stinking Cloud spell to the bursts of flame for 1d12 rounds until the air clears. A bonnacon can only fart once per day, after which it must spend a day grazing to refill its intestines. Habitat/SocietyNone0EcologyBonnacons are herbivores and eat a prodigious amount of grass, trees, and shrubs, and tend to lay waste to the land then move on. They are hunted fortheir pelts, however, this is a far riskier proposition than it at first appears, for it is when a bonnacon is running away from you that it is at its most dangerous. Immediately upon failing a Will check against a threat, a panicked bonnacon emits a huge cloud of sulfurous methane from its intestinesthat explodes outward to cover the ground behind it in a blast of fiery stench. A herd of stampeding bonnacons,all panicking at once, can defile and ruin acres of land. For this reason, many people, especially farmers, have a special hatred and fear of these timid creatures, leading to a few hardy souls to constantly hunt down herds of bonnacons and try to exterminate them without getting burnt to a crisp. Others actually try to breed bonnacons for their dull brown pelts, which can be turned into fire resistant armour (as normal leather armour, but lends resistance 20 vs. fire), and blood, which can be used in potions of fire resistance. Both these occupations arehazardous in the extreme. The flesh and organs of bonnacons are sulfurous and unpalatable, rendering them useless, but their bones are often used as handles for tools or weapons that must resist fire. Waste from a slaughtered bonnacon must be buried, as it is proof against being incinerated.
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