Post by ProfGremlin on Sept 19, 2020 11:33:57 GMT -5
I had the opportunity to watch a video this morning that was rather fascinating. It showcased a number of real world animals and a feature or two that were unique to each. My imagination was stimulated and I thought, "Why not create T&T creatures based off of these?" I can already see an indigenous people based on the Mossy Frog.
As I was working on the critter below I thought, "Why keep this to myself? Let's invite everyone in on the fun!" So, here's the invitation: Jump on in and share your take on one of the animals in the video or elsewhere that you've found fascinating. This is for fun. Build in as much detail as you want. Give a quick description, tell a story, make it an excerpt from a naturalist's journal. Whatever you feel moved to do. There is no right or wrong. As long as you're having fun, you're doing it right
Post by ProfGremlin on Sept 19, 2020 11:36:26 GMT -5
MR: 20 for small, up to 40 for large Armor Points: 2 for small, up to 4 for large Special: 3/Shock. On a roll of 3 spite a delancrath may use its bulbo-tendric organ to deliver a shock to its prey. A successful L3 SR Con can be made to resist the effects and take only half the 3d6 damage.
The Delancrath Miktala, commonly referred to as simply a delancrath, is an intriguing and - initially - unimposing creature. It is similar in size to that of a foxhound, though that is where the likeness ends. Rather than fur it is covered in rough, pebbly scales. These scales range in coloring from earth to rock tones. Its four legs end in three-toed feet, the front pair equipped with retractable, hooked claws. The soles of their feet are covered in heavy pads allowing them to move silently unless their claws are exposed. Its shoulders are proportionally more robust. A short, wide tail surmounts the hind quarters, often twitching back and forth.
It is the front of the delancrath’s blunt visage that is most captivating. Here is found an organ consisting of multiple, fleshy bulbs, not unlike several small oranges overlapping each other. This multitudinous bulbic structure is then surrounded and covered by thick tendrils, roughly the length of a man’s hand. These tendrils constantly move as if sampling the air around them.
A delancrath’s ears are situated trilaterally, one minimal organ on either side of its blunt head with a third top and center. The ridges cupping the ear openings are bony and do not appear to move. The eyes rest in a row between the ears and its bulbo-tendric organ. Two closely set together in a line with the lateral ears and two more set above and more widely spaced between the top-most ear and the sides. It is curious to find the delancrath with so many eyes and ears. Stories relate how they react minimally to torch or lantern light, similarly to sharp sounds such as whistles, horns or shield-bashing. One must wonder if there are related species elsewhere in the world making more use of such organs.
The delancrath is an ambush hunter, occasionally working in unison with one or two others of its kind. Large packs are rare but not unheard of. The key to their success is their bulbo-tendric sensory organ. It has somehow developed the ability to sense the electrical impulses coursing through the body and track them through the subterranean environs in a manner not unlike how a bat can fly through those same corridors. These organs are incredibly sensitive and able to accurately detect creatures of like-size through branching tunnels several hundred feet away. Anecdotal evidence seems to indicate the more activity a body is engaged in the easier it is for the delancrath to track. It has been shared by a few delvers that delencrath seem particularly sensitive to electric-based spells.
Once engaged with its prey, the delancrath will hook its claws into the creature and attempt to use its strong jaws to wrest it into submission. One story shares how a party of delvers unwittingly caught a delancrath’s attention and were tracked for days through the tunnels they travelled. Every so often, an unnerving tick-tick-tick of claws on stone could be heard quietly echoing around them. They once woke to the cries of their sentry attempting to fight the creature off, which had dropped from the ceiling above and hooked its claws into him. As they quickly came to his aid the creature lunged forward with its head. At first, it seemed as if it would bite the hapless guard. Instead, they report there was a sizzle-zap!, a small flash of light followed by the scent of burnt hair and skin. A couple minutes of intense effort managed to free the guard from the delancrath’s embrace. After it had disappeared into the shadows they turned to the guard who was conscious but woozy. While most of his wounds were minor there was a large burn across his neck and jaw where the delancrath had lunged forward.
Prof's Notes:This creature is inspired by the gharial, star-nosed mole and electric eel.
Last Edit: Sept 19, 2020 11:41:45 GMT -5 by ProfGremlin: word choice
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