Is a session today, my Barbarian Goliath (Uthrak) decided to be a hero.
We were fighting some giants, and one rocked up riding a mammoth. I decided a fun thing to do would be to try and highjack it, so after taking out the rider and other nearby hostiles, we did a series of animal handling checks to calm it down (while hanging on for dear life) and managed to make it docile.
Now, role-play wise, Uthrak really likes his new "pet", and wants to keep her, but I/We are struggling to figure out if that's even feasible.
As a totem warrior barb, I can use speak with animals as a ritual. Would this help with training? I'd guess at the very least advantage on further animal handling checks
Given this particular mammoth was already being ridden by mr giant, I imagine it would already be trained to a certain extent (and conveniently in a language my character speaks - even if I don't know what commands it has been taught)
I'm not concerned about training her for combat, I just want Uthrak to ride gleefully off on his new friend, to either free her from the giants' servitude and back into the wild or(my preference) to remain as a mount/pack mule.