Creatures of Barsaive
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ContentsChapter 1: Preface 4
Chapter 2: Creatures AM 7Barsavian Basilisk 7Changeling 8Barsaivian Chimera 10Barsaivian Cockatrice 12Cave Crab 13Death Moth 15Dyre 17Earth Qwril 18Ethandrille 20Felux 21Firebird 23Gate Hound 24Genhis 26Globberog 28Greater Termite 29Harbinger 31Barsaivian Harpy 33Barsaivian Hell Hound 35Barsaivian Hydra 36Jungle Griffin 38Barsaivian Kraken 39Krillra 41Leech Rat 43Leviathan 44Magma Beast 46Barsaivian Manticore 48Molgrim 50
Chapter 3: Creatures NZ 53Barsaivian Naga 53Nautilid 54Pangolus 56Plague Lizard 58Preces 59Prisma 61Quadrilobe 63Relan 65Saural 66Sea Snake 68Selachi 70Barsaivian Shadow 71Creating a Shadow 72Shrieker Bat 73Skeorx 74Snow Badger 76Stinger 78Barsaivian Unicorn 79Vestrivan 81Vetta 84Volus 85Barsaivian Will o the Wisp 87Wood Elemental 88Barsaivian Wyvern 90
The following text is transcribed from the speaking of Vasdenjas, a most noble and intelligent dragon. I have written down his words almost without alteration, adding my own comments and clarifications only as appropriate. In the immense bestiary described in this volume, the dragon included certain creatures that I might have left out as inconsequential,
had I been the sole author; I did not feel inclined, however, to question the judgment of so powerful a patron and so have written of evey creature about which he spoke. For
ease of use, I have organized the creatures into alphabetical order; Vasdenjas, however, spoke of them as he happened to think of them. I have left his words virtually untouched
by the editors pen, as I found his rambling style of speaking most entertaining.By the Hand of Tiabdjin the Knower, Scribe of the Great
Libray of Throal and First Scholar of the Khavroam
To the small folk of Barsaive, Vasdenjas the Mas-ter of Secrets extends most cordial greetings. (For those who recognize my Name, yes, I am that Vas-denjas, the one called the Terrible. I would remind you, however, that the cattle farmers on the great Scythan plains first called me that in their anger over losing their herds to my appetiteas if a dragon has not as much right to eat as any other Namegiver! As for the name Eater of Cities, that label is completely unjustified. I have eaten but one city in all my centuries of existence.)
I have read a certain book, titled An Explorers Guide to Barsaive, which claims to accurately de-scribe the wonders and perils of Barsaive for the edification of travelers and adventurers. It is my sad duty to inform its authors that their opus is rid-dled with grievous errors and woeful inaccuracies, more than a few of which might cost you weaker folk to lose life or limb. (Shocking, it is, how little you know of the creatures with whom you share breathing space. But then, how much might one really expect mere dwarfs to know? I should not blame you too much for your lapses, I supposeafter all, your small brains cannot hold much in-formationYoure scowling, Tiabdjin. Is the smell of the fresh meat bothering you again? No? [Here Vasdenjas paused.] Oh, dear. I am sorryI did not mean to speak slightingly of your people. Why, some
of my dearest friends have been dwarfs. Indeed, the dwarf race does very well within its limitationsoh, please. Dont look like that. I really am sorry. Shall we continue with the preface?)
For any adventurer who wishes to preserve a whole skin (or for any Namegiver with anything like decent curiosity), consider this volume my gift. It contains several centuries worth of my own vast, personal knowledge of the flora and fauna of Bar-saive and beyond, most ably transcribed by the ex-cellent scholar, Tiabdjin the Knower.
I consider myself reasonably well read, and my trav-els have given me knowledge of many things, but upon meeting Vasdenjas in his mountain lair I felt near-er to being an unschooled child again than I have in many years. The dragon later told me that his reptil-ian peers consider him small and weak by compari-son with them, but he remains the largest and most terrifying being I have ever laid eyes on. Were it not for my desperate desire to glimpse the famed Un-winding the Mysteries of Manathe dragon had induced me to come by sending me a page from that long-lost magical tomeI would no doubt have run screaming for my life back down the rocky slopes of Wyrmspire. As it was, only Vasdenjas ample store of elven brandy gave me sufficient calm to speak co-herently to him rather than to simply stand before him and shake.
Chapter 1: prefaCe
Chapter 1: prefaCe
Master Tiabdjin has served well as my scribe for the past three years, and I feel certain that this vol-ume will contain few (if any) inaccuracies. As a token of my benevolent feelings for you, my smaller cous-ins, I bequeath these writings to the Great Library of Throal with only the following stipulation: that my Name and proper title, Master of Secrets, ap-pear on the front of the bound volume. I should like them to be at least a hands breadth high, worked in gold leaf and outlined in copper giltwell em-bellished, too, befitting such a princely present as my accumulated wisdom.
I shall trust those at the Great Library to choose the artisanI am digressing again, arent I? I can tell by the look on your face, Tiabdjin. It seems I learn as swiftly as ever. My fellow dragons all know I can out-think them. Jealous, thats what they are [Here Vasdenjas cleared his throatsounding very much like a thunderstormand, with a somewhat abashed look, proceeded.]
This volume includes my discourses on many of the immense variety of creatures I have encoun-tered, from the present day all the way back to the distant time when little magic existed in this world. (Skeptical Tiabdjinyou dont believe me when I tell you that once upon a time no magic existed in the world. It is true, nonetheless.) I have observed many areas of Barsaive that to you small folk re-main unexplored wilds, and so this volume con-tains valuable information on creatures you might expect to meet in less civilized regions. Because I wish this book to be of specific use to Barsaives bold explorers and travelers, rather than of inter-est only to students of natural history, almost all of the creatures I describe are the extremely dan-gerous species of our land. Wise readers may learn how to avoid these hazards when they canand how to fight them off only if they must.
I include one last reminder to the prospective trav-eler or the would-be adventurer in the grip of wan-derlust. Even I, with my enormous strength and formidable powers, treat many of these creatures with a healthy respect. If a dragon gives the