Even gods need practice. When the makers of universe decided to create Elves, their first attempt failed. Thus, the Neanderthelf was born. Void of the grace that define their more common cousins, the Neanderthelf is a cruel and ignorant race. While Neanderthelves share many of the physical qualities of Elves, including their long lives, their brutal nature has stunted their growth as people. They build no grand cities and know nothing of magic. They live in nomadic tribes where might makes right and the most common way to end an argument is a split skull.
Many who see the Coccihemoth for the first time underestimate it thanks to its resemblance to the humble ladybug. Those foolish enough to approach, however, often learn a swift lesson about the deadly nature of this giant insect.
Though lumbering and clumsy, the Coccihemoth is a powerful creature with an insatiable appetite. Able to emit a foul smell when threatened, it’s been known to devour entire adventuring parties; pulling them into its gullet one by one as they choke on the stench of tainted air.
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Easily identified by its hard external skull cap, the Hammerhead Naga is a deadly reptile that uses its predominant physical feature as a weapon to bash its opponents into submission. The true threat however, lies not on its head but in its mouth. Deadly venom drips from its fangs. Those unfortunate enough to meet the inside of its maw will be the recipients of a terrible and searing pain.
A tree-like creature similar in semblance to a pineapple palm tree, the Poison Pineapple starts off as a small and mobile plant. When it matures, it finds a river or stream to put down roots and serve as its permanent feeding ground.
Once it’s rooted it leaks an acidic nectar that taints the waters. Once the river’s sufficiently murderous, the Poison Pineapple will suck the waters back in, consuming the carcasses of the creatures that died in its soup.
Though it only happens once every few years, the Poison Pineapple will sometimes grow seedlings. If they survive the drop to the ground they’ll hatch into new Poison Pineapples. They’re also lethally toxic, as many unfortunate souls have discovered when trying to take a bite from the tree’s “fruit.”
A gruesome guard often employed by necromancers to protect their lairs, the Jawless is a zombie that’s had its mouth removed. Unable to sate its undead appetite for the flesh of the living, what little mind it has left is driven mad by hunger. It will viciously attack any living creature who crosses its path. Even its creators must tread carefully in its presence, for its rotting brain can’t distinguish between friend and foe.
When civilized races first began constructing their dungeons, one of the first discovered creatures were the delvers. This intelligent race lives deep underground, burrowing through caves and bedrock to design elaborate lairs. While not especially antagonistic, many delvers came into conflict with surface races who encroached into their territory.
Most delvers dug deeper to maintain their solitude, but a few proved willing to engage with dwarves and surface races in trade. In exchange for food or protection, delvers agreed to help craft their dungeons. While initially skeptical, most races ultimately accepted these deals when they realized delvers could forge tunnels far quicker than their own craftsmen. A few even convinced delvers to breach the dungeons of rivals, allowing armies to quickly reach their enemies.
Despite their monstrous appearance, delvers are not mindless beasts and will respond in anger to anyone attempting to deceive them. At a minimum, surface dwellers who attempt to betray the delver’s favor can expect their expensive armor to be destroyed by acid, leaving them naked and defenseless underground.
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