This is, in my humble opinion, the most accurate description of creatures found in the lands of the Ogres yet compiled. Herein are described the attributes and physical traits of all the creatures I have encountered in my long and varied travels in this desolate land. It is wise for those who would go adventuring to become familiar with the creatures that may be encountered. Some described herein are common to the known areas, some are quite rare and unlikely to be found but in the most isolated sectors.
lionhawk, Torm's eagle
height; 4 feet at shoulder
length; 6 feet (excluding tail)
weight; males: 150 pounds
females: 140 pounds
Griffons, believed by some to be the offspring of eagles and lions, have the heads, wings, and talons of an eagle and the body of a lion. Strangely though, they also have pointed ears like those of a dog. Their feathers, of a dusky golden color, are quite beautiful. Their hind quarters are a sleek, tawny yellow, heavily furred with a lustrous sheen. The head of the griffon is covered in white feathers and he bears a golden beak.|
Vicious in combat, griffons often using their talons to carry their prey to a great height and then drop them to their deaths. This is their favorite form of attack, but they can also use their powerful hind legs to rake an opponent. When protecting it's young however, they prefer to fight on the ground. Using their wings to beat at an opponents head, they then jump upon the victim's chest like a cat and use their teeth and talons, tearing and rending the flesh.
The gods use griffons to draw their chariots through the sky. They are also used to punish humans for their love of riches. When a man's love of money surpasses his love of his god, he can expect to find griffons sighted nearby.
This role was thrust upon the griffons when a large group of men invaded the dwarven mountains to steal the riches from within. The dwarves sought the aid of their god, Torm, to put an end to the menace. By then, the invaders had left the caverns and were heading across the plains back to their city. Torm called to the griffons and commanded them to tear the invaders apart. The griffons responded by doing just that. Torm was pleased by this and commanded the griffons to watch for those who would love riches more than any other, and destroy those they found. The griffons have obeyed this command ever since.
The dwarves rejoiced at these words and pay homage to the griffons for their aid every midsummer, and guard the nests of these creatures year round, though they never get too close. Even the dwarves, however, are not protected from the griffons should their love of money outweigh their love of all else.
For some unknown reason, griffons hate horses, and will attack any horse on sight. Often has a horse been seen splattered by the roadside, or a traveler found walking a great distance because his horse was carried off. It has never been explained why horses are so hated by these creatures. It is also rumored that if a young griffon is captured, it can be trained as a mount, but this rumor has never been confirmed.
weight; approximately 2000 pounds
gestation period; 14 moons
The soft undercoat makes a quality yarn or thread
Naughas are the backbone of Qabaran society. The Ogres have, since the beginnings of time, used these beasts as a source of food, clothing, shelter and fuel. They are herd animals with little intelligence and of a disagreeable temperment .|
The naugha is a large herbivore with a thick wooly coat on the head and shoulders. The have a somewhat long, perhensile snout with which they efficiently crop even the shortest desert grasses. The humped back is said to store water, which enables them to go for long periods without drinking, as is sometimes necessary in the deserts. The males have two horns on thier foreheads. The females are hornless. They are quite capable of defending their young.
The Ogres keep large herds of these beasts and do not allow their export from Qabara.
Gargoyles are often seen on roofs of tall buildings basking in the sun. It is difficult to realize that these stone statues are in all actuality living, breathing creatures.
The balatros, huge silver feathered birds, are used by the fates to send messages to the gods. They fly very high in the heavens and are often only discerned by the cloud trail they sometimes leave across the sky. Occasionally they can be seen flying at night, their red eyes glowing in the darkness and with the fierce light of the star torches clutched in their talons rivaling the constellations.
Hoolie hounds are large wolf-like creatures with rust-red to black coats, six toed feet, and glowing red eyes. They are exceedingly fast and agile and their hearing is exceptional. It's said that they can hear a man's heart at a hundred paces and that the sound drives them mad. They invariably attack this area first, and the still beating heart is the only thing they eat. The rest is left for the buzzards. Groups of corpses are often found in the wilderness with their hearts missing and hound tracks covering the area around them.
weight; approximately 95 pounds
length; 4 feet
Source of corrosive acid
Cave beetles are cumbersome, slow moving, solitary creatures. They live in dank caverns, feeding on offal and carrion which they gather into huge piles in which they incubate their eggs. They are heavily armored with a hard exoskeleton. Their heavy mandibles inflict crushing damage on their victims. They are unintelligent and do not see or hear well, depending on their senses of taste and touch.
height; 12 hands
weight; 900 pounds
gestation period; 11 months
Dumbass are herbivores, related to the unicorns. Their coloring varies with the seasons. They have dark brown, zebra like stripes with the background color changing from light brown to white during the winter months. They have hooves like unicorns but their manes and tails are shorter. They have two horns, one high on
the forehead and one below it. They can make no vocalizations but communicate with each other by high whistling sounds made through their noses. Not suitable for riding or pack animals, they are foul tempered and aggressive if disturbed.|
They females and young live in family groups. They are very reclusive and territorial. They have one or two offspring a year. The females keep their young with them until sexual maturity at four years.
Male dumbasses are usually solitary creatures. They are combative if annoyed. During the mating season they are particularly testy. This is the only time the female dumbass tolerates the presence of the males. The males fight for dominance, the strongest mate, and then they resume their solitary existence.
This is a large, many tentacled creature of the cold northern rivers with grayish black skin, large eyes, and a heavy frill at the base of the head.