18-stegronox

Date Discovered: June 14th, 1954

Place of Origin: Typhon Island

Notable Stomping Grounds: Typhon Island

Height: 40 feet

Length: 220 feet

Biology: Belonging to the Armored Goliath clade of the retrosaur family, Stegronox is specifically a Club-Tailed Goliath, albeit an unusually thin one.  The short-limbed reptile is heavily armored from snout to tail tip, with thick scales, osteoderms, spikes, and bony plates providing a myriad of natural defenses from almost any conceivable form of harm.

Stegronox sports the standard kaiju power set:

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

Personality: Few kaiju match Stegronox’s sheer bluster.  The armored reptile rarely goes unnoticed; when it sees another creature, the herbivorous retrosaur immediately sets about roaring and swinging its deadly clubbed tail in an impressive display of aggression.  Inexperienced researchers buy into this act, with many believing Stegronox is one of the most blood thirsty kaiju on record.

In truth, however, Stegronox’s aggressive displays are a facade used to scare off potential predators.  On the rare occasion that another monster steps up to the challenge, Stegronox panics and falls to the ground, pulling its head and limbs as deep into its body as possible while swinging its tail wildly in all directions.  Though its armor is even stronger than the average kaiju’s already impressive natural defenses, Stegronox nonetheless lacks in fighting skill.  It depends on both its bluster and its biological defenses to survive rather than the honed combat strategies that other kaiju spend their lives perfecting.

To its dismay, Stegronox lives an isolated existence.  Most kaiju think its behavior is obnoxious, and as such few of them – even those that are herbivorous – want anything to do with the armored reptile.  Since Stegronox has a herd mentality, this isolation is deeply disturbing to the poor retrosaur, who ultimately longs for companionship more than anything.  Sadly, its poor social skills and overly defensive personality keep it from overcoming its faults and finding the kinship it seeks.