TAO TEI DEFENDER (THE GREAT WALL)
The Great Wall
The Tao Tei are dark green quadrupeds carnivorous reptiles, similar in appearance to saurian (particularly ceratopsids). They possess membranous head frills which resonate, allowing them to communicate with each other over long distances. These beasts possess elaborate motifs on the crests of their skulls, which gave the inspiration of the taotie motif to the cultures of Ancient China. There appear to be three main breeds of Tao Tei.
Bulkier and more armored, these Tao Tei defend the Queen, and are able to unfold their heavier frills to act as shields against bombardment. These armored frills are capable of withstanding catapults and sharp projectiles.