Name: The Tarasque
Description: Chimerical with a lion’s head, six bear paws, a shelled body, and a serpent/scorpion tail.
Myth: The Tarasque was a river dragon which terrorized France, attacking villages and devouring livestock and people. Knights had tried to kill the dragon but had failed. Saint Martha however happened upon the beast and was able to tame it with singing and hymns, at which point she led the dragon to the town. The townsfolk killed the tamed dragon and, remorseful, converted to Christianity.
- The Tarasque was said to be the offspring of the Leviathan, the Biblical sea serpent, and the Onachus, a scaled bison-like creature which burned all it touched.
- The Tarasque is featured on the coat of arms of Tarascon. A festival is held every year to tell the story of the Tarasque.
- The Tarrasque from D&D, while named for the dragon, bares little resemblance to they mythic Tarasque.