Reference Book: Star Wars Saga Edition Threats of the Galaxy
Towering beasts of burden, Rontos are mammals prized for their ability to shrug off Tatooine's intense heat, although they do require large amounts of water. Their size makes them particularly effective at discouraging predators, and their sense of smell is acute enough to detect a Krayt Dragon from up to a kilometer away. However, Rontos are somewhat skittish in urban environments: their poor eyesight cannot adjust quickly enough to the sudden movements of smaller creatures and Vehicles.
A Ronto's first instinct when confronted with such potential threats in close proximity is to get away, regardless of any burdens or passengers it might be carrying. A spooked Ronto will often throw its riders to the ground and then lumber off in a random direction until it can no longer sense the tnreat. Although Jawas are particularly fond of these easily trained animals, the little scavengers are also poorly suited to controlling a panicked Ronto.
Ronto Encounters Edit
Rontos are common sights on Tatooine, as they struggle under the weight of various goods or haul heavy wagons while being barely controlled by their owners. In the wild, Rontos are relatively harmless, since they typically run away from danger. However, if a Ronto is cornered or its young are threatened, the creature will turn on the menace and attempt to smash it to a bloody pulp.
The most common encounters with Rontos occur in Tatooine's few towns when someone, accidentally or otherwise, startles a Ronto, causing it to go on a rampage. In fact, unscrupulous characters (Which are all too common on Tatooine) sometimes do just that to create a diversion in order to engage in some illicit activity or to cause massive amounts of property damage. Some gang leaders and crime lords have been known to extort money from individuals by placing them in an enclosed space with a Ronto and then goading the creature into a frenzy.
Rontos can also be encountered in caravans snaking along the scorching sands of Tatooine- a welcome sight to anyone lost in the desert without supplies. Jawas are the most common handlers, although Tusken Raiders sometimes herd Rontos, making it dangerous to assume that every meeting with such a caravan will be an amicable one.
Ronto Statistics (CL 3) Edit
Hit Points: 54, Damage Threshold: 29
Speed: 8 Squares
Melee: Slam +11 (1d8+10)
Crew: 1 (Normal Crew Quality); Passengers: 3
Cargo: 1.8 Tons; Consumables: 1 Week; Carried Craft: None
Base Stats Edit
Poor Vision: Rontos have very poor vision and take a -5 penalty to Perception checks involving sight.