A Lurking Horror - Deathwatch
The Diablodon is a consummate predator from planet Aurum, but have been found to have spread trough a considerable portion of space in Jericho Reach. It holds a near-mythical status in the local culture, and to slay one is the mark of a great warrior.
They are the kings of the Midasaur strain. With distinctive crimson scaled hides and a typical Diablodon sports a sagittal crest and massive needle-like teeth. Their eyes are yellow, and their talons are as long and as sharp as an Imperial power sword. They have a hunched-over stance, walking on their two hind legs. Adults stand as tall as an Adeptus Astartes Dreadnought. They have a distinctive three-toed track that hunters quickly learn to recognize. The talons and claws of a Diablodon are almost always covered in the remains of past victims; so any wounds inflicted by a Diablodon inevitably turn septic unless treated.
The act of tattooing a Diablodon has spread throughout the Imperial Guard of the Jericho Reach, believing it channels part of their strength and cunning, much to the dismay of the Departmento Munitorum.
Diablodons prefer to dwell within caves or other subterranean places, especially those that are near volcanic or geothermal areas. This preference not only adds to their mystique, but also provides additional protection from potential predators.2
Evidence supports that Diablodons are excellent night hunters, leading some to believe that they possess both excellent night vision and a heightened sense of smell, they are not pack hunters—preferring to hunt on their own. In fact, a Diablodon will go out of its way to remove any “competition” from its hunting grounds. While their mating habits are unknown, it’s speculated that a Diablodon will only tolerate the presence of another until the female has been fertilized.
She will then leave the area and either locate a suitable place to lay her eggs (near volcanic vents, if possible), or return to her own hunting grounds. Members of the Adeptus Biologis suspect that the male is the one who initiates the mating ritual by extending his sagittal crest to lure the female in. However, it’s not unheard of for male Diablodons to do this as a means to reduce competition for food sources by attacking the potential mate instead of propagating.