Felix's Field Guide to Otherworld Creatures

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Amberly * Brandee * Brazzle * Brittlehorn * Carrionwing * Creepy-biter * Cuddyak * Cutthroat * Diggeluck * Firebreather * Flame-bird * Gobbler fish * Japegrin * Lickit * One-eye * Pond-hopper * Quaddiump * Ragamucky * Riddle-paw * Shreddermouth * Sinistrom * Small-tail * Snagglefang * Stabber-bird * Tangle-person * Triple-head * Troggle * Vamprey * Wise-hoof * Worrit


Fire-breather (Blazium respirator)

Description

A dragon. Reptilian body, deep green in the males, light green in the females. Broad batty wings. They vary in size.

Behaviour

Although they can’t speak fire-breathers understand everything that’s said to them, especially insults. They work in the transport business, and need a runway to take off.


Flame-bird (Avis incendia)

Description

A phoenix. Its plumage is mainly red, and it has an iridescent blue throat. It song is the most beautiful of all birdsongs.

Behaviour

When the flame-bird is ready to die, it gathers together some spices and builds a nest. At sunrise, it faces east and sings, and then it bursts into flame and burns to death. It is reborn from its own ashes.


Gobbler Fish (Piscis hooveri)

Description

A fat stumpy fish with small fins and sharp pointy teeth. Tastes like clotted cream, with a hint of salmon and dill.

Behaviour

Lives in fast-flowing rivers, and eats just about anything.


Japegrin (Elvex irritans)

Description

A pixie. Curly red hair, pointy ears, and green squinty eyes. Clashing purple clothes.

Behaviour

Japegrins can use simple magic, and they like practical jokes. They can be extremely nasty, though not all of them are bad.


Lickit (Elvex cuisinus)

Description

A tall, elvish being that is always dressed in white. When the lickit is really a sinistrom in disguise, its canine teeth are longer and it has a slightly unpleasant smell.

Behaviour

Lickits specialise in magical cookery, and are usually employed as chefs.


One-eye (Oculus unus)

Description

A cyclops. Bigger than a man, with goaty legs and one eye in the centre of its forehead.

Behaviour

Most at home in a cold environment, and very fond of fish. One-eyes have a long tradition of poetry, which tends to be on the depressing side.


Pond-hopper (Ranunculus saltans)

Description

Frog-like creature, with a silly croak.

Behaviour

Used to decorate garden ponds and control pests like creepy-biters.


Quaddiump (Navis desertae)

Description

A sandy coloured beast of burden, rather like a camel but with four humps.

Behaviour

Rather like a camel, and just as bad-tempered.


Ragamucky (Elvex brunettex)

Description

A brownie – brown hair, brown skin, brown eyes, brown clothes.

Behaviour

Brownies are fortune tellers, and run the crystal ball parlours. They always look a mess, and their houses are a tip. Their true vocation is to tidy up after human beings, but as there aren’t any human beings in Betony’s world they always feel as though they’re missing out on something they can’t quite put their fingers on.


Riddle-paw (Elvex leonis conundri)

Description

A sphinx. The head and shoulders of an amberly, the body of a lion, and the tail of a dragon. It has wings which enable it to fly short distances – or long ones, with lots of rests in between.

Behaviour

The riddle-paw’s extraordinary fondness for puzzles means that it looks for intelligent game, capable of understanding the concept of a bet. It prefers a dry climate and lurks on pathways, waylaying unwary travellers and asking them to solve its brain-teasers.


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