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


Shreddermouth (Crocodylus viridi)

Description

A big, knobbly, alligator-like thing, with a long vicious snout and slitty yellow eyes.

Behaviour

Shreddermouths live in sewers and canals, where they deal with refuse disposal.


Sinistrom (Hyaenodonyx sorcerys)

Description

A shape-changing shadow-beast, stored as a speck of energy inside a pebble. Most of the time it looks like a hyena, with extra long fangs. It stinks - a cross between rotten eggs, unwashed armpits and decaying toadstools. Its speech sounds normal, but its laugh is an eerie, wailing chuckle or an unearthly manic cackling. It can disguise itself as a lickit.

Behaviour

You summon a sinistrom by rubbing its pebble, and it has to obey you. The stone starts to glow. Then the glow flickers out like a flame, and solidifies. The sinistrom is returned to its pebble the same way. When it wants to change shape, it collapses in on itself and reforms. It can be killed the same way as anything else, but the body completely disappears at the moment of death. If you dunk the pebble in fertle-juice it turns to treacle. One hundred and sixty-nine sinistroms were created thousands of years ago, when a spell went wrong. Although they all arrived at the same time, their age is calculated on the amount of time they have spent out of their pebble. They are the scariest of all the shadow beasts.


Small-tail (Cauda minima)

Description

A faun – elvish body and head (with little horns), and goaty legs.

Behaviour

Always busy, small-tails are usually involved in arts administration. They play the pipes, and organise wailing concerts and dance festivals.


Snagglefang (Canis quaquadentis)

Description

A large white wolf-creature, with a heavy head and long fangs.

Behaviour

Lives in the frozen north, hunts in packs, will eat just about anything and howls at the moon.


Stabber-bird (Avis perforator)

Description

Tall grey-blue wading bird, with a vicious beak and a long snaky neck.

Behaviour

Hunts fish and pond-hoppers, and delivers a nasty peck to anyone foolish enough to interfere.


Tangle-person (Elvex tanglus)

Description

An elf. Blond hair - usually tangled, like they’ve had the worst hair day ever. Slanting green eyes, pointy ears and green clothes.

Behaviour

The tangle-folk are herbalists, and the magic they know is all to do with healing spells and potions. They live in tree-houses.


Triple-head (Aquila tricapis)

Description

A huge three-headed bird, with untidy grey feathers.

Behaviour

Employed as cranes on building sites, as they can lift three heavy beams at once. Sometimes used as guards, as they can look in three directions at once. Very fond of their food, the more exotic the better.


Troggle (Gigas troglodytis)

Description

A troll. Huge and muscular, with yellowish tusks and hair like old rope.

Behaviour

Hates daylight, so frequently employed to guard mines and operate lifts. Likes knitting, embroidery, and patchwork.


Vamprey (Snapper pipistrellis)

Description

A batty shadow-beast, with dark grey leathery wings and a human face. It has red eyes, and huge ears, and is about the size of a crow.

Behaviour

The vamprey always lets out a high-pitched attack squeak before biting anyone. It lives in colonies in caves.


Wise-hoof (Equus elvis)

Description

A centaur - half elf, half horse.

Behaviour

Wise-hoofs are scholars, and don’t have much of a sense of humour. All librarians are wise-hoofs.


Worrit (Canis hystericus)

Description

A shadow-beast that looks like a big black cartoon dog. One ear is pricked, the other hangs down, and its eyes are different colours.

Behaviour

Hunts for its prey at night, or in dark places. It only eats creatures that have died laughing, so it tells jokes and does silly little dances until its victims collapse from hysteria.


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