ATOM Kaiju File #7: Tricerak

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Aliases: The Drunken Kaiju

Date Discovered: March 19th, 1954

Place of Origin: The Underground Valley

Notable Stomping Grounds: Typhon Island

Height: 60 feet at the hip

Length: 200 feet

Biology: Tricerak is a member of the Horned Goliath clade of the Retrosaur Family.  One of the last retrosaur clades to evolve, Tricerak’s ancestors were nonetheless incredibly successful, pushing the previous herbivorous retrosaur clades towards extinction as they dominated the ecosystem.  They were considered to be arch rivals of sorts to the carnivorous Paleo Tyrants, and Tricerak’s adversarial relationship with Tyrantis and his kin certainly parralels the believed animosity between Agathaumasaurus sylvestris (the largest known horned goliath) and Manospondylus gigas (the largest known paleo tyrant).  The tenacious attitude and short temper of Tricerak are certainly in line with theories of Horned Goliath behavior – while they might have been herbivores, Tricerak’s ancestors were far from docile.

Tricerak only has the standard kaiju powers, including:

  • Super strength
  • An enhanced healing factor
  • Immunity to radiation

Personality: Tricerak is a troubled creature, switching from a sullen mood to boundless fury within an instant.  An animal with a strong herding instinct, the lack of any peers of his own species weighs heavily on Tricerak’s mind, and it is speculated that the animal has witnessed many of its kind pass away.  It is frightfully lonely to be the last of one’s kind.

It’s not surprising, then, that Tricerak is particularly aggressive to any potential threats it faces.  He’s known for having a particularly short fuse, jumping into the fray when another kaiju so much as passes into his line of vision.  To an casual observer, it would look like Tricerak is bloodthirsty, but in truth the animal is simply in a constant mental state of fight or flight.

The horned goliath is also something of an addict, voraciously consuming the intoxicating Soma berry bushes that grow in the Yamaneon tunnel ecosystem for their sedative effects.  Tricerak is even more unpredictable on these occasions, as the mind numbing effects of the berries can either mellow him out or heighten his already terrifying fury.  On the plus side, they also make him highly uncoordinated, and any fight started in this drunken state inevitably ends with the horned reptile collapsing to the ground in a drunken stupor.

At his core, Tricerak’s greatest desire and wish is to have a family again, and any creature capable of breaching his many psychological defenses would gain a life long ally in the surly brute.

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