The ancient Lemurians perfected the art of bio-wizardry and used their powers to bring back the dinosaurs, create supernatural guardians, and extend their own lifespans. The crowning achievement of the Lemurian bio-wizards, however, was the creation of the Thaimok, titanic monsters using the huge sea turtles of the Pacific as their base. Guided by Lemurian magic, the Thaimok grew to immense size, were given the abilities needed to operate in a wide variety of environments, and magical furnaces within their shelled chests that gave them terrible offensive abilities. While never numerous, the Thaimok were devastating weapons, and helped secure Lemurian superiority across the ancient Pacific Rim.
But the Lemurian civilization was not as long-lived as they’d hoped it would be, and despite their power and armies of monsters, their own cruelty and savagery proved their undoing. When the civilization collapsed, the Thaimok were destroyed, completely wiped out.
Except for one. The creature known as Tortukapporan is the last known Thaimok still active, recently resurrected from its northern prison by the thawing of arctic ice brought about by global warming. Tortukapporan is free to hunt and slay again. Its genetic programming urges it to protect Lemuria, but Lemuria no longer exists. Still, Tortukapporan haunts the reaches of the Pacific Ocean, revisiting old locations where Lemurian strongholds once stood.
The Kraken is eager to collect all the crown jewels of Lemuria in part because the one who controls all of those artifacts can also control Tortukapporan and direct the tremendous destructive power of the beast against the targets of their choosing. For now, Tortukapporan threatens humans incidentally, as it mostly hunts whales, giant squid, and other kaiju, but it doesn’t care about anything caught between it and its prey.
Abilities: STR: 38 (+14) DEX: 14 (+2) CON: 24 (+7) INT: 6 (-2) WIS: 14 (+2) CHR: 6 (-2)
Skills: Intimidate 4 (+8)
Notice 8 (+10)
Survival 8 (+10)
Feats: All-Out Attack
Followup Attack 1
Improved Initiative 1
Powers: Blast 14 [Cone Area, Range (Touch)]
Flight 6 [500 mph, 4400 ft./rnd]
- AP: Speed 4 [100 mph, 880 ft./rnd]
- AP: Swimming 6 [100 mph, 880 ft./rnd]
Immunity 11 [Damage Type (Fire), Environmental Conditions (All), Suffocation (Drowning)]
Protection 10 [Impervious]
Strike 3 [Mighty]
Super-Senses 2 [Low-light Vision, Scent]
Super-Strength 4 [Heavy Load: 307.2 tons]
Combat: Attack +10 [Blast DC 29, Strike DC 32, Unarmed DC 29], Defense +10, Init +6
Saves: Toughness +17, Fortitude +12, Reflex +8, Will +8
Description: Tortukapparon is a gigantic, orange-red reptilian creature that looks like a bipedal turtle. The wedge shaped head has two enormous, blazing orange eyes and the triangular mouth brims with large, sharp teeth including two tusk-like canines in the manner of a saber-tooth cat. The hard shell encompasses the beast’s central mass, and contains the powerful fiery furnace that fuels the creature’s amazing abilities. By focusing its energies, Tortukapparon can unleash a sheet of white-hot flames from its mouth, hot enough to burn through nearly anything. The Lemurian kaiju can also vent the energies through openings in its shell and use the resultant blasts to propel it through the air at sub-sonic speeds. It’s an ungainly kind of flight, but frightening effective, and it allows Tortukapparon incredibly mobility. On land it moves at speed as well, churning across distances with its massive stumpy legs, and it can propel itself through water as well, swimming with powerful, churning movements using all of its limbs. Tortukapporan’s hard carapace makes it virtually indestructible, and it recovers quickly even when something does manage to injure it. It can breathe underwater, ignores all but the greatest environmental extremes, and is completely impervious to flames of any intensity.
Under the Hood
I've seen more Gamera movies thanks to MST3K than I would have seen otherwise. While Godzilla was a mainstay of Saturday afternoons, his shelled counterpart was not. Still, I think he's an iconic enough kaiju to deserve a counterpart in Atomic Rampage!, although it took me a while to come around to actually making him. Bulking up the Lemurians in the setting set me on the path to actually fleshing out the toothy turtle, and while he's a bit much for Mu Island, he could make a good recurring nemesis and/or frenemy for the whole Titan Family.