Whiskered Renkroda CR 5
EAC 17; KAC 19
Fort +9; Ref +9; Will +4
Speed 50 ft.
Melee bite +14 (1d6+10 P) or tail +11 (1d8+10 B)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 10 ft.
Offensive Abilities roar, upending charge
As a standard action, a whiskered renkroda can bellow ferociously, causing all enemies within 60 feet to become shaken for 1d4+1 rounds (Will DC 13 negates). If the renkroda hits an opponent with its tail attack, it can activate this ability as a move action before the end of its next turn. After a whiskered renkroda roars, it must wait 1d6 rounds before it can do so again. This is a mind-affecting, sense-dependent fear effect.
Upending Charge (Ex)
A whiskered renkroda takes no penalty to its attack roll when using the charge action. If it hits, it can immediately initiate a trip combat maneuver (this takes no action).
Environment temperate or warm forests
Organization solitary or gang (2–5)
Renkrodas make up an extensive category of large reptilian hypercarnivores that are distinguished by their long necks, decorative spines, and deadly sprints. Due to their size and place near the top of the food chain, they are often solitary and aggressively territorial. Their terrifying bellows—signaling the creatures’ efforts to maintain boundaries between one another and warn scavengers away from fresh kills—are one of the iconic sounds of northern wildernesses.
The whiskered renkroda is among the smaller varieties of renkroda, adapted to move easily through heavily forested areas and distinguished by the additional antennae that grow from its chin, which help it detect prey hiding in dense foliage. Like others of its kind, a whiskered renkroda has a four-chambered heart and a throat that can expand up to twice its normal diameter, allowing the creature to gulp air quickly and circulate blood effectively while in pursuit of prey. A typical hunting whiskered renkroda uses trees for cover as it stalks its victims or waits for a target to approach and then makes a sudden charge to snag its victim or knock it down.
Because many herbivores boast deadly defenses, the smaller renkrodas are fairly discerning when selecting prey.
Some whiskered renkrodas can be initially timid around unfamiliar humanoids, not knowing whether they are too dangerous or more trouble than they’re worth. The hungrier the animals grow, though, the more likely they are to attack, especially during lean times when other prey is limited.
Unlike young males of many other species of renkrodas, whiskered adolescent males sometimes form small gangs for mutual protection against mature adults and even larger predators. They wander widely across forested territory, moving to another location when food grows scarce. As an alpha member of the gang emerges, the rest of the group typically scatters, ceding that territory to the dominant male. In order to broadcast its superiority, this triumphant renkroda often engages in reckless attacks throughout its new home and destroys its surroundings, frequently roaring, scratching at nearby trees and rocks, and marking with its scent to claim its territory.
Starfinder Adventure Path #2: Temple of the Twelve © 2017, Paizo Inc.; Authors: John Compton, with Jason Keeley, Robert G. McCreary, Owen K.C. Stephens, and James L. Sutter.