Behemoth

The Behemoth is a creature as old as time itself, and incredibly strong. His bones are made out of brass. He is the mate of the Leviathan. The Behemoth is larger than Dendain desert, and could swallow the Jordan River whole. He looks like an elephant, according to the Christian tradition, and tempts mortals to greed and gluttony. On the Day of Judgement the Messiah will do battle with and kill both Behemoth and Leviathan and feed the righteous with their flesh. The Muslims know him as Bahamut, the creature that holds the earth on its back.

Pantheon: Jewish, Christian, Muslim

Sources:

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