Wednesday, December 29, 2010


Mastodonian draught animals, similar to a Terran elephant, they are primarily used by the Tharks to pull their massive chariots. Red Martians use the zitadar's skin for clothing and occassionally use them beasts of burden.

Agility: d4Smarts: d4(A)Spirit: d6Strength: d12+4Vigor: d12+2

Fighting: d8Guts: d8Notice: d10

Secondary Attributes:
Pace: 7Parry: 6 (2 with Size Mod)Toughness: 18 (8)

Special Abilities:
Low Light Vision
Zitidars can trample foes in an area-attack slam that causes STR damage
Goring Tusks: STR+d10
Zitidars have frighteningly huge tusks.
Size: +4
Zitidars are Huge sized (+4 to be hit, +8 to Toughness as natural armor)

More details from A Princess of Mars

We made a most imposing and awe-inspiring spectacle as we strung out across the yellow landscape; the two hundred and fifty ornate and brightly colored chariots, preceded by an advance guard of some two hundred mounted warriors and chieftains riding five abreast and one hundred yards apart, and followed by a like number in the same formation, with a score or more of flankers on either side; the fifty extra mastodons, or heavy draught animals, known as zitidars, and the five or six hundred extra thoats of the warriors running loose within the hollow square formed by the surrounding warriors. The gleaming metal and jewels of the gorgeous ornaments of the men and women, duplicated in the trappings of the zitidars and thoats, and interspersed with the flashing colors of magnificent silks and furs and feathers, lent a barbaric splendor to the caravan which would have turned an East Indian potentate green with envy.

The enormous broad tires of the chariots and the padded feet of the animals brought forth no sound from the moss-covered sea bottom; and so we moved in utter silence, like some huge phantasmagoria, except when the stillness was broken by the guttural growling of a goaded zitidar, or the squealing of fighting thoats. The green Martians converse but little, and then usually in monosyllables, low and like the faint rumbling of distant thunder.

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