Glaarg

The glaarg is unquestionably the most monstrous creature yet witnessed by Second Skirmish. Other foes have been humanoid, animal, insectoid or arachnid, but nothing exists that even resembles the Monstrous Glaarg…

Its near-circular body is some six metres wide. Protected by an inches-thick, hornified shell the colour and texture of a toad’s skin, this outer surface gives the creature armour enough to fend off multiple blows by steel weapons. Ringing the body are six tentacles five or more metres long, a foot thick at the root, narrowing to four inches then broadening into a leaf-shaped pad covered with suckers. These limbs are flexible and immensely powerful, strong enough to bat a fully armoured man across a room, or grab a dwarf and sweep him up to the roof. In the centre of the glaarg’s carapace is a single large eye a foot across, which may or may not have an eyelid.
The ‘underbelly’ of the glaarg is amost completely unprotected, comprising little more than a near-transparent membrane through which its disgusting internal processes can be observed. The glaarg will adhere to a roof, thus exposing only its tentacles and thick carapace to the foe, but sufficient damage will cause it to release this hold, falling to the floor where an enterprising and strong-stomached assailant can leap in and slay it with ease. The glaarg has no other apparent weak points; it does not even have a mouth…
Within the glaarg’s body can be found hornified polyps, of similar material to the outer shell. Slicing these open can reveal the remains of whole creatures, still clothed, still equipped but with their flesh dissolved away over an indeterminate but probably long and painful period.

The glaarg seems to have a relationship with another creature, the glaarga (plural glaargae). These appear as nothing more than metre-or-so wide pools of motile grey goop the consistency of cold snot. Moving along floors, these creatures seem to sweep the ground clear, leaving a clean and not at all damp trail behind them. They retreat initially from fire but do not seem to suffer any harm from it. Skeletons stripped of all flesh lent credence to suspicions that these creatures can dissolve organic tissue, though none were ever witnessed doing so. They are not fast (perhaps 2 km/h), but are able to ooze through the smallest gap, up stairs, down stairs and possibly along walls. Nobody is sure. Several glaargae were seen in attendance when the glaarg was encountered; the latter had the leafy tip of a tentacle immersed in the vile grey body of a glaarga when it was first seen. Some organised glaarga behaviour was witnessed; several of them spanned the exit from the glaarg cave once Second Skirmish were inside. On the death of the glaarg, all of the glaargae headed for the exit andw ere not seen again…

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