Good Afternoon Ladies, Gentlemen and Sentient Creatures,
In today’s blog post we are going to talk about the beasts and monsters of Sha’uru. Antioch is unique in that there is a higher concentration of fantastical beasts and monsters than anywhere else in the developed world. This is due mostly to the development that the Dur, Nisse and Humans have pushed into the wild places of the old world, and the vibrancy of Antioch itself. All manner of species and breeds of beasts such as tigers, lions, bears, boars, and sharks have been cataloged by Antioch explorers. There are also the large grey animals known as Hippopotamus and Rhinoceros that are wholly unique to the continent. There are also beasts and monsters that were thought to have been wiped out in the old world, but found in great number in Antioch. Spider-Scorpions, Owl-Bears and Piranha-Eels have flourished on the continent, as most of the active leyline energies are unregulated and wild. There may also be other types of yet undiscovered beasts for to catalog and hunt.
Monsters such as Trolls, Orcs, and Ogres have also been reported, but so far explorers have had difficulty locating their habitats. We have covered Orcs in a previous post, so today we will briefly talk about Ogres and Trolls. In Sha’uru, Trolls are lanky green humanoids with rock like scales on their forehead, nose and chin. They are omnivorous and aggressive, and can digest almost anything, but prefer fresh meat. They are very clever and strong, and prefer to catch their prey in traps rather than attacking them outright. They have been known to toy with their prey if it is sentient and ask them a series of riddles, promising to let them go if they answer correctly. These promises are seldom kept. Ogres are larger and stronger than Trolls but lack the troll’s intelligence and cunning. What they lack in brains they make up for in brutality and raw power. Ogres have been known to be able to knock down full grown trees for their amusement or to use as clubs. They have bright orange skin and are carnivores, preferring sentient creatures over animals. Ogres are simple to trick but react very poorly when they find they have been fleeced. It is not uncommon to hear an Ogres temper tantrum from miles away. Their favorite treats are Goblinites, as they are rare and bite sized.