Gurguts are brightly-colored creatures predominantly found in wet, marshy regions, whose diet consists mostly of fish and marsh weeds.
I have seen the gurgut basking in a slanted shaft of sunlight in the penumbral canyon, its putrescent tongue scenting the rancid air of the nameless and unnamable swamp, swishing the uncaring grass of the plains with its passage. It is some cousin of the wyvern, but bereft of the savage ferocity for which the latter is praised and hunted by Orlesian nobles. Its thick-lidded eyes stare witlessly, and its jaw hangs agape; it is not befuddled or frustrated by its want of reason, but perfectly content, a drooling idiot.
Its pallid belly stretches and distends, disdaining all reason, when it gorges itself upon its prey. I have seen such a lowly beast swallow a chevalier whole, the great and shining warrior taken by surprise in the tall grass, his silverite armor gleaming as the gurgut unhinged its jaw to draw the chevalier in. Across its belly, I saw the kicks and struggles grow frenzied and then still, and the idiot beast settled into a happy torpor. The ruined armor of the noble chevalier lay among the gurgut's spoor several days later.
Say that it is true, that the Maker made us. What if He made us for food? What if the grand purpose of our searching existence is to stretch the belly of a beast that slinks through the tall grass? What if there is a single unbending purpose and, in it, we are cattle to feed the witless leviathans that slumber unseen beneath us?
—From An Anatomie of Various Terrible Beasts, by Baron Havard-Pierre d'Amortisan
Master makes us check behind him for gurguts at all times. He also carries a very sharp stick.—Footnote in the margins of the manuscript by the baron's scribe, Dunwich
—From Codex entry: Gurgut
The name gurgut comes from the animal's mating call, made in the spring after the winter thaw. The males perform loud, elaborate dances to attract the attention of the females. Travelers are advised to keep their distance.
- Electricity Vulnerability
- Immunity: Physical Effects
- Greater Nature Resistance
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