Riding Lizard CR 2 ;Neutral Large animal
Init +2; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision, scent; Perception +3
AC 14, touch 11, flat-footed 12
(–1 size, +2 Dex, +3 natural)
hp ? (HD 3d10+9)
Fort +7, Ref +6, Will +2
Speed 40 ft. (8 squares), climb 40 ft.; Run
Melee bite +6 (1d8+4) and 2 claws +1 each (1d6+2)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
Base Atk +3; CMB +8, CMD 20 (24 trip)
Abilities Str 19, Dex 14, Con 15, Int 2, Wis 12, Cha 10
Feats Alertness, Run
Skills Climb +17, Stealth+0 Acrobatics +12, Perception +3
Riding lizards have a +4 racial bonus on Acrobatics checks. They also have a +8 racial bonus on Climb checks and can always choose to take 10 on Climb checks, even if rushed or threatened. A light load for a Riding lizard is 348 lbs or less, a medium load 699 lbs or less, and a heavy load up to 1050 lbs. They can push or drag up to 5250 lbs, although not when climbing or crosing difficult terrain, and tend to become testy if pressed to do so for long periods.
Purchasing a riding lizard: A riding lizard usually costs 500gp, combat training costs an additional 150gp. Compared to horses, a riding lizard is domesticated but as noted below, is entirely carnivorous and becomes quite unruly if not well fed on a diet of raw meat.
A riding lizard is about 8 feet long but only 3-4 feet high at the shoulder. It can weigh up to half a ton. They come in a variety of mostly subdued colors found underground, from puke green and earthy brown to slate grey and dull black. More brightly pigmented specimens can be found but are generally prized and more costly.
When not domesticated by drow, lizards rarely remain in one place for long, settling only to lay eggs in well-concealed hollows. After depositing her eggs, the mother leaves her young to fend for themselves and resumes wandering the endless tunnels. A subterranean lizard is a loner that establishes its territory and doesn’t venture far from it. These lizards prefer the shores of underground lakes, since water is rare and such locations are bound to attract prey.
All giant lizards are carnivores and eat just about anything that moves, from goblins to quaggoths to even drow. Most make do with cave-dwelling spiders and other vermin, a fact drow
priestesses dislike but tolerate because of the creatures’ usefulness. So long as a giant lizard has a steady food supply and no significant competition, it can live as long as 300 years. These lizards e live exclusively underground. They hunt near water sources and other places where game is abundant. As cold-blooded creatures, they prefer warmer climes, so they are more active in areas with geothermal vents.