Fantastic Beast Profile: Giant Baku (Baku)
Updated: Sep 25, 2021
Species: Elephas Ailuropoda Baku
Height: 4.2 meters (at the shoulder)
Length: 13 meters
Weight: 6,400 kg
Point Total to Slay: 26 points
Originally native to India and China, but known to migrate as far east as Japan and as south as Thailand and Vietnam, the Baku is a strange kymeric creature that includes aspects of the leopard, elephant, deer and panda into its anatomy. Known for its ravenous appetite, the omnivorous Baku is rarely ever seen not eating. While they generally prefer eating bamboo or ginkgo trees, they are known to scavenge the remains of dead animals or chase down slow-moving prey. Attacks on humanoids are rare, but not unheard of.
Legend has it that when the creators made all animals, there were spare parts left over. Not wanting to be wasteful, they merged the spare parts together into the Baku. Scholars believe that the Baku is originally a creature from the Plane of Dreams that was summoned to our world by sorcerer monks to protect their temples. These sorcerer monks would use magical means to suppress the Baku’s massive appetite, and writings from the time even indicate that some Baku were taught to speak. However, for unknown reasons, these temples fell to ruin and the Baku were freed into the wilderness.
While the Baku are generally timid and solitary creatures, their voracious appetite can lead to contact with cities and settlements. A single Baku can be responsible for an entire city falling into starvation by devouring all crops and livestock. Should the Baku that is now free in Tambay begin moving south, the result could be catastrophic for our realm.
Hunting the Giant Baku:
While the Baku is a kymeric monster, it is a mammal and has similar vital spots as a bear, elephant, or leopard. However, at least one arrow strike to the core vitals is needed to actually slay the beast.