The fish flicked it’s scabby tail a few lazy times. The urge to travel upriver was long since gone. Instead, it existed only to feed it’s bottomless hunger. But, most of the river was safe, since the gaspar-goul was only the length of a man’s forearm.
A Gaspar-Goul is a freshwater fish, generally a catfish or other relative of carp. They can range in size from the size of a human hand to as large as six feet. These larger Gaspar-Gouls are quite rare. The flesh of the fish is mottled gray and the scales, if present are oily and brittle. The mouth seems larger than the species shold have and the eyes are a milky silver color. Two things that mark a Gaspar-Goul apart from a common river carp are a lack of movement in the gills and a strong preference for biting even when pulled out of the water.
The Gaspar-Goul is a necromantic byproduct, necrogenic contamination. The most common vector of this contamination is pollution of fresh water supplies by the bodies of zombies decomposing. This can be as much as the fish devouring the flesh of the undead, to prolonged contact with the humours of leaky zombies or the run-off from the area where many zombies have been raised.
The process of conversion kills the infected fish, which is why larger Gaspar-Gouls are rare. Most are only a foot to two feet in length. Smaller gouls tend to be eaten by larger fish. The fish essentially becomes undead. These zombie fish are a bane of a local watershed as they consume endlessly and add nothing back to the ecosystem. However, after a sufficient amount of time, a Gaspar-Goul will eventually decay to the point of falling apart. This is usally caused by prolonged periods of starvation.
The flesh of the Gaspar-Goul is toxic to humans.