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Black Holes and Dragons (Part 16): Tarask

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Tabletop role-playing games failed to become widely accepted in Iranian culture, but their legacy, i.e. role-playing video games, compensated for this lack of popularity, and today role-playing games , both Western and Japanese, have many fans in our country. It may be hard to believe, but all these games directly or indirectly have the same root, and that root is the tabletop role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons, which was released in 1974 and has been the face of the gaming industry ever since. Always changed. Games such as Baldur's Gate, Planescape Torment, Neverwinter Nights are direct adaptations of D&D, and many other titles such as The Witcher and Dragon Age are directly and indirectly from D&D games were inspired to take a different path. In this series of articles, we intend to get to know more about the D&D world, because getting to know D&D means getting to know a large part of the game world. Stay with us.

You and your friends are in a small town and you are haggling with a seller about the price of something. Suddenly you feel the ground shaking under your feet. The hustle and bustle of the market gives way to absolute silence and the hairs on your arms stand on end from the tension of the situation. The ground shakes under your feet again; This time stronger. Although at first your mind goes to the earthquake, it doesn't take long before you see the cause of the earthquake in the distance.

You see a huge and destructive creature in front of you, and your face turns white like chalk because of the fear of seeing him. This creature is very ancient, but it knows nothing but death and destruction. The silence reigning in the market remains for another moment until it is broken by a scream. You are now convinced that this small town is not going to survive.

This creature is a Tarrasque. Tarask is one of the most legendary monsters of Black Holes and dragons. Both in-game and out-of-game players should fear it. Over the years, Tarask has undergone several transformations, and during these transformations, its terrifying abilities have changed, but all the while, Tarask has been one of the most terrifying monsters a group could encounter. In this article, we will take a closer look at these creatures.

  • Black Holes and Dragons (Part I): History of the Black Holes and Dragons Board Game
  • Black Holes and Dragons (Part II): Abolths
  • Black Holes and Dragons (Part III): Watchers
  • Black Holes and Dragons (Part IV): Scavenger Reptiles
  • Black Holes and Dragons (Part V): Dragons
  • Black Holes and Dragons (Part VI): Demons and Demons
  • Black Holes and Dragons (Part VII): Elementals
  • Black Holes and Dragons (Part VIII): Reapers (Dark Elves)
  • Black Holes and Dragons (Episode 9): Gelatin Cubes
  • Black Holes and Dragons (Episode 10): Giants
  • Black Holes and Dragons (Episode 11) ): Kobolds
  • Black Holes and Dragons (Part 12): Liches
  • Black Holes and Dragons (Part 13): Mimics
  • Black Holes and Dragons (Part 14): Mind Crushers
  • Black Holes and Dragons (Episode 15): Owl Bears

Tarask Publication History

The Tarask was first introduced in the 2nd edition of Monstrosity for the 1st edition of Ed&D in 1983. One of its main sources of inspiration is a creature of the same name in French mythology.

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An image of Tarask's introduction letter in the second edition of Monstrosity Culture

Tarask - as it was introduced - was one of the strongest monsters in the game, and in the descriptions related to it, it is emphasized that it is terrifying. took If Tarask attacks somewhere, he will leave behind nothing but destruction and destruction; This creature can easily overwhelm adventurers and is hard to even damage, let alone kill. Most creatures either run away in terror or freeze to death at the mere sight of a Tarask.

Tarasks reappear in the 2nd Monstrous Compendium for Ed&D's 2nd Edition. Here too, these creatures were unmatched among monsters.

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An image of Tarask's introduction in the second edition of Monsters

In the third edition, Tarask became even scarier than before. In this edition, Tarask's health bar increased to 800, he was made immune to many attacks, and the ability to quickly restore his health bar was added.

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An image of Tarask's introduction to the third edition of D&D

In version 3.5 Tarask remained almost unchanged, but in the fourth edition He became even more terrifying than before. His health bar reached over 1400 and he had become practically impossible to kill. The only way for the adventurers to deal with Tarask was to put him back to sleep.

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An image of Tarask's introduction letter for the 4th edition of D&D

In the 5th edition, Tarask became more similar to the previous editions, but it can be said that Tarask is a little too weak in the opinion of some people. became. Its health bar is reduced to 700, and there are no special conditions for killing a Tarask.

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A picture of Tarask's introduction letter for the 5th edition of D&D

In addition to the presence of Tarask in official sources and monstrosity cultures, in the 359th issue of the Dragon magazine, there is also an article titled "Ecology of Tarask" It was published about this creature. This article will be one of the main sources of this article.

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An image from the article "Ecology of the Tarask", published in the 359 issue of the Dragon magazine

The main characteristics of the Tarask

Let's start our discussion with the appearance of the Tarask. A Tarasque, standing, is about 15 meters tall. Its length from the nose to the end of the tail reaches 21 meters. The Tarask can run on all fours, but thanks to its long arms it can also walk like a gorilla. Any attack - whether magical or non-magical - is immune. Razors are protruding all over the body of the Tarask and two large horns have grown on the creature's head.

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Image of a Tarask

The Tarask can crush, destroy, and devour things around it using its horns, claws, sharp teeth, and giant tail. Therefore, there is no safe way to deal with these creatures. The tarasque can swallow and digest practically anything - plant or animal, dead or alive, large or small, poisonous or non-poisonous.

The tarasque has an expandable trachea and three large stomachs that few creatures or objects can. Staying healthy while passing them, even magical items.

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Image of a Tarasque

The first abdomen consists of several internal spines and rolling stones that break down any large object the Tarasque swallowseven rocks, trees, and buildingsinto smaller particles. These shrunk particles enter the second stomach. The second stomach is practically a stomach filled with decomposing acid that will shred and melt anything. Also, this acid has a special property, which is to destroy the magical property of the objects that Tarask has swallowed. If it survives the first two stomachs, it melts. This is usually the strongest and rarest type of metal. The whole process only takes a few moments, and Tarask also stores a lot of energy from whatever it swallows. This ability is very useful for him, because not only does he consume a lot of energy when attacking and wreaking havoc, but the purpose of swallowing is to go back to sleep.

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A picture of a tarasque

This is the common life cycle of a tarasque: this creature only destroys and He wreaks havoc and devours everything in his path so that he can go into sleep mode so that things can grow and build again and he can repeat the cycle again.

When Tarask gets his share of food. It eats and prepares to fall asleep for several decades, it sinks into the ground through the soil and rock. This process, for some reason, does not disturb the earth itself and does not leave any Holes or tunnels on it.

After this, Tarask searches for an underground cave (which cannot be accessed by other means) and There he enters sleep mode. If the Tarask cannot find such a cave, instead of being suspended, it remains buried underground, so as not to suffocate.

External factors can awaken the Tarask, such as vibrations in the ground, changes in temperature or Disturbing other creatures. An agitated Tarask will easily wake up, but at this point it is a very unpredictable creature, and may engage directly with the disturbance or run away at high speed to go back to sleep.

A picture of a Tarask

How to kill a tarasque

Now the question is: how to kill a tarasque? The short answer is: Hardly. But the relevant details are different in different situations. In some areas this is literally impossible, unless you somehow manage to throw Tarask into the sun. In some other situations, if a group of extremely strong and determined adventurers join hands, they might be able to kill the creature.

However, in most situations, it takes some strategy to finish off a Tarask. Use special To kill this creature you have to engage in a big battle. Tarask will ignore most attacks thrown at it and even deflect some of them back to the opponent. But you have to land a lot of these blows to finish the fight.

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Image of adventurers fighting a Tarask

After the fight is over there are three possibilities: 1. Tarask will go deep into the earth to lick his wounds. 2. Tarask will die like any other creature 3. Tarask will be vulnerable to hits for a while until his health bar fills up. This recovery will occur even if the Tarask has been disintegrated or killed with a death spell.

In such situations the only way to prevent this recovery and permanently kill the Tarask is to use a powerful magic spell from the class. Wish or Miracle.

Where does Tarask come from?

In any case, it is clear that Tarasque is at the top of the food pyramid. The question is, why didn't this creature conquer the world and turn it into a barren desert? The answer to this question also varies.

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Image From one Tarask

Many people believe that there is only one Tarask, but no one knows why and how this number of Tarask was created. Some believe that Tarask is a weapon belonging to ancient beings that was placed in the world to destroy the labors of the gods. Whether this statement is true or not, there always seems to be only one Tarasque at a time. However, other information such as the reproduction conditions of this creature or what happens if a Tarask is killed is not known. have. But if this statement is true, this planet will undoubtedly be a nightmarish place. Basically, people only have to deal with a wild tarrasque every few decades, but one is enough.

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A picture of adventurers fighting a Tarask

In this series of articles, I have introduced some creatures that are equivalent to animals and their only concern is the survival of themselves or their children. Is. Tarask is one such creature, but at the same time it is miles away from other similar examples. This creature is more like an embodiment of nature's fury than an animal, and has an unimaginable capacity for destruction and brutality.

This is not to say that this creature is evil, as it simply acts on its instincts. It does, but when a Tarask is awakened, there is no greater threat in the world.


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