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8/16/2011

The Three-Legged Dzega

THREE-LEGGED DZEGA
The three-legged dzega is an intelligent desert-dwelling pseudo-reptile. These creatures reach adulthood around their fortieth year . At that time they are nearly thirty feet long and ten feet wide. Their neckless and tapering crocodilian heads project from a scale-covered, flat and spade-shaped body supported by three stilt-like legs ending in vacuum-powered suckers. The dzega's tail is a fan of stiff, black bristles. Their eyes have slowly atrophied to tiny black beads over the course of aeons and may be considered vestigial. The dzega's main sensory apparatus remains a mystery, as it has no visible organs of smell or hearing. It is perfectly capable of responding to the idle chatter of passerbys, but it typically prefers to ignore outsiders and views them as a nuisance.

After it completes several unknown and highly guarded rites of passage, a dzega attains the status of "stone-walker" and is allowed to participate in the movement of the Cypher's Wall from its original location in the Black Razor Desert to the new construction in the dimly lit Decrepitudes of Xoth. A stone-walker hauls a massive part of the wall on its back for nearly six-hundred miles, is fed meat and tended by the cloaked men of Jiste, then heads back to the desert for another chunk. A dzega will only drop its load under the most dire conditions. They are slow to anger but will become unstoppable killing machines when the success of their task is threatened. 

Dzega (Adult)
NO. APPEARING: 1 - 12 [1d12]
HIT POINTS: 10d8 + 100
ARMOR CLASS: 0 [scaly hide]
DAMAGE PER ATTACK: 2d6 + 5 [bite]
MAGIC RESISTANCE: 80%
INTELLIGENCE: Average
SIZE: L

ILLUSTRATION BY XALTOMAS P. GORGONMILK (AGE 6).


2 comments:

  1. Cool creature and fine artwork that captures the beasts baleful nature.

    I dig the new logo, too.

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  2. Thanks, Trey. My son is a great designer of horrifying beasties.

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