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Monster Lore


Kobold: found in the Cliff Caves and Plains of Hevok
    Kobolds are a cowardly, sadistic race of short humanoids that vigorously contest the human and demi-human races for living space and food.  They especially dislike gnomes and attack them on site.
    Barely clearing 3 feet in height, koblods have scaly hides that range from dark, rusty brown to a rusty black.  They smell of damp dogs and stagnant water.  Their eyes glow like a bright red spark and they have two small horns ranging from tan to white.  Because of the kobolds' fondness for wearing raggedy garb of red and orange, their non-prehensile rat-like tails, and their language (which sounds like small dogs yapping), these fell creatures are often not taken seriously.  This is often a fatal mistake, for what they lack in size and strength they make up in ferocity and tenacity.

Lizardman (Lizardman King): found in the Great Swamp
    Lizard men are savage, semi-aquatic, reptilian humanoids that live through scavenging, raiding, and, in less hostile areas, by fishing and gathering.
    Adult lizard men stand 6 to 7 feet tall, weighing 200 to 250 pounds.  Skin tones range from dark green to gray to brown, and their scales give them a flecked appearance.  Their tails average 3 to 4 feet long and are not prehensile.  Males are nearly impossible to distinguish from females without close inspection.  (LOL)  Lizard man garb is limited to strings of bones and other barbaric ornament.

Nymph: found in Rowangroves and Azure Rainforest
    So beautiful that a glimpse can blind or even kill a man, the nymphs are the embodiment of loveliness, a triumph of nature.
    A nymph's beauty is beyond words - an ever-young woman with sleek figure and long, thick hair, radiant skin and perfect teeth, full lips and gentle eyes.  A nymph's scent is delightful, and her long robe glows, hemmed with golden threads, and embroidered with rainbow hues of unearthly magnificence.  A nymph's demeanor is graceful and charming, her mind quick and witty.

Ogre: found in Greyknife Peaks, Valley of the Giants, Serpentine Mountains, and the Orc Caves
    Ogres are big, ugly, greedy humanoids that live by ambushes, raids, and theft.  Ill-tempered and nasty, these monsters are often found serving as mercenaries in the ranks of orc tribes, evil clerics, or gnolls.  They mingle freely with giants and trolls.
    Adult ogres stand 9 to 10 feet tall and weigh 300 to 350 pounds.  Their skin colors range from a dead yellow to a dull black-brown, and (rarely) a sickly violet.  Their warty bumps are often of a different color - or at least darker than their hides.  Their eyes are purple with white pupils.  Teeth and talons are orange or black.  Ogres have long, greasy hair of blackish-blue to dull dark green.  Their odor is repellent, reminiscent of curdled milk.  Dressing in poorly cured furs and animal hides, they care for their weapons and armor only reasonably well.

Orc: One of the Eight Races of the game.
    Orcs are a species of aggressive mammalian carnivores that band together in tribes and survive by hunting and raiding.  Orcs believe that in order to survive they must expand their territory, and so they are constantly involved in wars against many enemies: humans, elves, dwarves, goblins, and other orc tribes.
    Orcs vary widely in appearance, as they frequently crossbreed with other species.  In general, they resemble primitive humans with gray-green skin covered with coarse hair.  Orcs have a slightly stooped posture, a low jutting forehead, and a snout instead of a nose, though comparisons between this facial feature and those of pigs are exaggerated and perhaps unfair.  Orcs have well developed canine teeth for eating meat and short pointed ears that resemble those of a wolf.  Orcish snouts and ears have a slightly pink tinge.  Their eyes are human, with a reddish tint that sometimes makes them appear to glow red when they reflect dim light sources in near darkness.  This is actually part of their optical system, a pigment which gives them infravision.  Male orcs are about 5 1/2 to 6 feet tall.  Females average 6 inches shorter than males.  Orcs prefer to wear colors that most humans think unpleasant: blood red, rust red, mustard yellow, yellow green, moss green, greenish purple, and blackish brown.  Their armor is unattractive besides - dirty and often a bit rusty.

Otyugh: found in the Southern Wharves
    Otyughs (Aw-tee-ug), also known as the gulguthra, are terrifying creatures that lurk in heaps of dung and decay, waiting for something to disturb it.  There are two varieties, the regular otyugh, and its larger, more intelligent offshoot, the neo-otyugh.  They feed on dung and wastes from other dungeon creatures (gulguthra means "dung-eaters") but also enjoy an occasional snack of fresh meat.
    Otyughs have huge, bloated bodies covered with a rock-like skin that is brownish gray in color, which is in turn covered with dung.  They stand on three thick legs that give them slow ground movement but enable them to pivot quickly.  They have three eyes on a leaf-like stalk  that moves quickly from side to side, enabling them to scan a large area.  The eye stalk is also a receiver/transmitter for their telepathic abilities.  Otyughs have a huge mouth with very sharp teeth in the center of their mass.  They also have two tentacles with leaf-like ridges that they use to smash and grapple their opponents.  The tentacles are covered with rough thorn-like projections.

Pixie Sprite: found in the Rowangroves
    Pixies stand about 2 1/2 feet tall.  When visible, they resemble small elves, but with longer ears.  Pixies have two silver wings, like those of moths.  They wear bright clothing, often with a cap and pair of shoes with curled and pointed toes.  Pixies speak their own language, Common, and the language of sprites.

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