Bestiary of Arunë

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Introduction

Upon the face of the world there exist a myriad of beings both strange and wonderful. These creatures have been drawn together into a catalog here for the purpose of understanding them and making the knowledge I have gathered available. These researches are not all my own, but rather a compilation of information from various bestiaries and other sources as well as personal experience. My fervent hope is that this manuscript will provide a cogent and comprehensive description of all manner of beasts that roam the earth.

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Demons and Devils

Elemental Spirits

Giants

Goblins

Kobolds

The tunnel-rats known as kobolds are loosely related to the Wyrms. It is believed by many Wyrm-kin scholars that they are lesser descendants of that majestic race. There are also those who believe that the kobolds were created by the Wyrms as a servitor race (particularly those grasping greedy ones) during the last twilight of the Draconic kingdoms of the North. Either way, they are a race of tunnel dwellers who speak in a language composed of yips, barks, and squeaks that may bear some relation to Draconic (though Wyrm-tongue speakers have not yet been able to find a way to reconcile the strange and uncomfortable kobold-speak with the beautiful Wyrm-tongue).

There are, however, another group of kobolds generally held in somewhat higher esteem than these. Found beyond the Straights of the Moon and in some regions where Goblins are prevalent, these kobolds can be identified by their use of the Varan tongue (or another common language) and their unwillingness to engage in violence at first blow, unlike most of the other kobold-peoples. They generally tend towards darker flesh-tones in the red or black region. In the North it is common for these kobolds to wear bright feathers in their caps to distinguish them from their more cowardly cousins. These are known as the settled or BLACK KOBOLDS to the northern peoples.

It is interesting to note that these black kobolds first appeared in the seventh age when a group of adventurers was lost in the northernmost reaches of the world where the Skinchangers roam at will and discovered a village of kobolds living in the mountains; they guided the adventurers back to civilization (for a fee). Thereafter, the tale spread, and it seems these kobolds multiplied. They are now scarce, but well-known enough to be accepted (with some unease) in most towns in the North.

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Lizard men

Pixies

Pixies dwell primarily in the northernmost regions of the world, in and around the skinchanger kingdoms. They are grave-dwellers, living in the mounds and tumuli of the buried dead in the north. Northern folk have a strong dislike of the pixies amounting to fear; in the winter they bring them offerings of meat, wine, and other comestibles. It is a common enough superstition in the north that pixies can torment the spirits of the dead (or perhaps ARE the spirits of the dead). For this reason the northerners strenuously avoid coming close to burial sites once they have been completed.

Pixies can also be found in other regions due to the nature of wizardry and the highly magical components that comprise a pixie body. In addition, they are often prized as curiosities to be sold by slavers or other traders and can fetch a price as high as three thousand gold a head.

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Trolls

Troglodytes

Tunnel Mites

A horrible breed of white-shelled eight-legged boring mites, these creatures generally live deep underground near water sources and dig through solid stone. They are most well known by iron dwarves who hate them with a passion. Tunnel mites are often found serving a mite-queen or mite-king (as the case may be) which is a disgusting organic slug capable of producing more of their filthy brood. It is said that they may grow to immense size given the correct circumstances.

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Werebeasts

Wyrms

Vampires

Bestiary of Arunë

Abridged History of the 10th Age Idabrius