Bonasus (4e Creature)
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The animal was described by Pliny in his Naturalis Historia: "There are reports of a wild animal in Paionia called the bonasus, which has the mane of a horse, but in all other respects resembles a bull; its horns are curved back in such a manner as to be of no use for fighting, and it is said that because of this it saves itself by running away, meanwhile emitting a trail of dung that sometimes covers a distance of as much as three furlongs [604 m], contact with which scorches pursuers like a sort of fire."
This creature is also known as the bonnacon.
DC 10 Nature: A bonasus is a rare beast that looks like a cross between a horse and a bison. They are nomadic grazers.
DC 14 Nature: Herds of bonasus threaten agriculture with their particularly foul excrement that pollutes land and sources of water. Hunting this creature is dangerous, as they can shoot their excrement long distances. It is said to horribly burn on contact with skin.
DC 21 Nature: Attempts to domesticate the bonasus for use of its meat, hide, or as a mount, has failed in the past due to the creature's nausiating stench. There are rumours of troglodytes using the bonasus as mounts - but with such differing environments surely this is impossible?
Bonasus are usually encountered in herds.
- Encounter Examples
Level 4 Encounter (XP 875)
- 4 Bonasus (Level 4 Artillery)
- 1 Bonasus Bull (Level 4 Brute)
- One or more squares will contain bonasus dung. Creatures starting their turn, or entering, a square of dung takes 5 acid damage. A bonasus of course is able to resist this damage.
The bull is the patriarch of a herd of bonasus. He will engage in melee creatures that threaten his harem and does not fear becoming flanked as this will trigger his dungspray.