Gulture & Gruv Lancer Snail

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Gulture & Gruv Lancer Snail

Post by Slimcreeper » Mon Aug 31, 2020 9:16 pm

These showed up in my game recently (Dr. Bouchet, I Presume). The Gruv Lancer I had posted previously, this is the playtested version. The Gulture they didn't fight, which is lucky because it didn't have stats yet.

Also called the Gruv Vulture, the Gulture appears superficially to be a large bird with black or brown feathers, about twice as large as a terrestrial turkey. Its long neck and head are somewhat more reptilian. It is a clumsy flier, and dislikes taking off from the ground, particularly after enjoying a heavy meal. They prefer to climb a tree and then launch themselves from a branch.

They are dedicated scavengers and do not like to attack or fight for their food. They can be chased away from a meal with loud noises, but will usually stay close, squawking loudly. They can be vindictive, when robbed of a meal. Some of the more intelligent creatures of the Gruv have learned that if they attack a creature that is depriving a Gulture of its meal, the Gulture will help them kill it so both can enjoy a delicious meal.

If cornered and forced to fight, they are surprisingly hardy. Their bite is quite dangerous, as the decaying matter caught in their teeth harbors bacteria that produces a dangerous toxin. ... sp=sharing

Gruv Lancer Snail
Sometimes called the Escargruv, this spiral-shelled monstrosity is the size of a bull mastiff. The shell is usually patterned with dark and light stripes to make it more difficult to spot in the foliage. Slow but deadly, the Gruv Lancer Snail is an ambush hunter. When prey comes close enough, it launches a poisoned dart with enormous force. The barbed dart is attached to the snail with a tough tube of tissue that it can retract, pulling its victim close enough to bite. The Gruv Lancer smells out game trails and positions itself alongside them. The thing is, they might decide the path to the privy outside the barracks is a game trail, for they will happily eat a man.

They don’t bite off chunks, though. They have prehensile radula, like a foot-long tongue covered with rasp-like teeth. They literally lick the flesh from your bones.

As an aside, it is believed the dart is the same mechanism the males use to inseminate the females. ... sp=sharing

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