Myros - Fauna
The fauna of Myros is much the same as that of our own Earth; players can expect to find the full array of normal animals in their typical habitats. Of course, in a setting where magic is real during an age of high fantasy, players can also plan on seeing fantastic creatures from the various Monster Manual volumes, along with the setting-specific creatures described below.
Babblespheres are a by-product of the magical experimentations of the wizard Kelkryn (see History section); he was attempting to create an artificial, magically-sustained lifeform called a homonculus. The experiment which would later become the first babblesphere escaped from Kelkryn’s laboratory, and was able to adapt to a temperate environment and reproduce itself by budding. Babblespheres are, as the name implies, spherical, measuring about 18 inches in diameter. Their soft, spongy bodies range in color from gray to gray-green, and are supported by four short, retractable, stubby legs ending in tripods of smooth, wet flesh. Short, tendril-like roots extend from the creatures’ undersides, though which Babblespheres draw nutrients from the soil and decaying vegetable matter. Babblespheres also have wide mouths containing irregular, flat teeth; they use their mouths to speak, reproducing only those sounds they’ve heard with incredible accuracy immediately after hearing them, and at random intervals thereafter. The creatures are immune to bludgeoning weapons, but will explode in a burst of noxious musk if struck with a piercing or slashing weapon.
Dwellers of temperate forests, land octopi feed upon insects, rodents and carrion. Their bodies are smaller and more muscular than their waterborne cousins, averaging about the size of a cantaloupe, with tentacles measuring roughly five feet in length. The body of a land octopus is covered with coarse hair, which gradually changes in color during the year to provide camouflage as the seasons change. The creature’s sensory organs – receptors for vision, sight, scent, touch and tremorsense – are all located in the land octopus’ tentacles. Normal-sized land octopi are not aggressive, although giant specimens will attack creatures sized medium or smaller.
Lurchim (noncount name; plural is also lurchim):
A lurchim is a small, herbivorous, fur-covered mammal, typically measuring one foot in height and three feet in length, not including a three-foot, prehensile tail. The creature has powerful hind legs, wide, hairy, bat-like ears, glassy eyes spaced for wide-angle vision (like a toad’s), and clawed front feet, similar to a badger’s. They have long, tapering snouts and flat teeth. Coloring ranges from brown and reddish-brown in heavily forested regions, to pure white in arctic climes. They typically subsist on roots, tubers and grubs, which they claw out of the earth or decaying vegetable matter. They live in burrows in the earth or snow.
Lurchim are not normally aggressive, only attacking with their claws when cornered or when their young are threatened; they retreat to the safety of their burrows at the approach of danger, using their hind legs to sprint to safety or their tails to pull themselves upward out of harm’s way. Otherwise, they are docile and highly inquisitive, not unlike a domestic cat; it is a common occurrence for lurchim to follow humanoids at a safe distance or observe goings on in their foraging areas.