Savage Earth: Cold Moon
The Mongolian Death Beast or Andrewsarchus mongoliensis is a massive predator common to the Dragon kingdoms, especially Mongolia. From the snout to the back of the pelvis they average about 11 feet (3.4 m) and reach a height from the ground to the shoulder or middle of the back of about 6 feet (1.8 m), standing as tall as a man at its shoulders. Males often reach and exceed the 1000 kg size range and they compete for the title of the largest land-dwelling carnivorous mammal known. Their heads are disprortionally large and they have a long snout with large, sharp teeth and flat cheek teeth that they use to crush bones.
As an omnivore the Death Beast is both an active predator and a large scavenger, depending on climate and the vailability of prey. Though they suppliment their diet with vegetation which allow them to reach such significant size, they are more likely to steal food from other carnivores or even bring down thier own if the opportunity presents itself. Taking down human herders or the unfortunate occupants of a farmers stockade are not above this opportunistic predator.
Death Beast’s have sour tempriments and a disagreeable demeanour, making them impossible to domesticate and dangerous to settle near. Mongolian Humans have developed a wide range of defenses against them when pitching their yurts in the wilderness and the Cro-Magnon nomads view the Death Beast with an almost reverencial awe.