Great Taurus

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Chaos Dwarf Lord riding Great Taurus
Chaos Dwarf Lord riding Great Taurus

The Great Taurus burns with a terrific intensity, so that it's whole body is wreathed in fire and choking smoke. Indeed, so angrily and hot does the Great Taurus' skin burn, that swords and axes become molten and blunt in the very process of striking it. When the Great Taurus moves across the ground, sparks fly from its horns and red lightning plays about its hooves. As a Great Taurus swoops through the air, heat waves shimmer at its coming and choking black clouds swirl in contrails behind it. With each snorting exhale, flames erupt out of the beast's flared nostrils, and an oily smoke curls from its gaping maw. In its rage, even the monster's eyes seem to smoulder.

The Great Taurus, or Red Bull of Hashut, is a monstrous creature with the body of a bull and huge, bat-like wings. Great Tauruses are seen as favored creatures of Hashut and they embody the fiery intensity of the Father of Darkness, their red hides burning with intense heat and their breath coming in great burning clouds of steam. Great Tauruses can breathe gouts of flame - a valuable weapon used by their riders - and their hooves send up sparks of lightning as they walk. Legend has it that the ancestors of Great Tauruses were Chaos Dwarfs who were so warped by the power of Chaos that they became living bull-furnaces, like the statue atop the Temple of Hashut.

Only the most favored of Chaos Dwarf Lords earn the right to ride a Great Taurus, and flying on the back of such an awesome creature is truly a sign of Hashut's blessing upon a mighty warlord. Tauruses are stabled beneath the Temple of Hashut itself, in huge iron pens, a sign of the religious reverence with which they are regarded by their masters.

The Great Taurus is a creature of fire and ash, and it cannot stray from the Dark Lands except when the Winds of Magic blow strongly, or when bound with powerful magic.

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