Gerik-ro (gehr ik ROH) Large aquatic reptile, Neutral. Well known in the ponds, rivers and estuaries of the temperate areas across Keta is the gerik-ro. It resembles a well-camouflaged alligator snapping turtle from Earth, but is more streamlined, and over six times as massive as the largest of such specimens. When encountering this foul-tempered, armored brute, it is usually best to give it a wide berth. It is slow on land, so distancing oneself from it is generally not a problem. They are phenomenal diggers, known for rooting out larger burrowing worms and arthropods for food. They are also known scavengers. It is more deadly and swift in the water, where it has been known to literally tear a hapless swimmer to shreds. Even larger specimens of this shelled terror have been recorded in the tropics.
“Abruptly, a gaping maw attached to an armored shell bursts from the reeds. There is a loud, gruesome snapping sound…”
Disposition/Frequency: Territorial, predatory. Uncommon.
Habitat: Marshlands, swamps and rivers. Hibernates in the winter.
8’ long, 1500lb (Female represented. Males are half the size)