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Waste Knight

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"I have to give the creature credit. After it stood its ground for a bit, it charged me. Sure I outweighed it by nearly 100 stones, but that would not deter it. I almost didn’t have the heart to kill it." Exerpt: A Prospector’s Tale, VOL XXIV Blue Guild Press

Imagine a cross between an raccoon and an armadillo. Add a small horn between its eyes. That is the Waste Knight.

Yes, they really do look like little knights in segmented plate armor when they stand on their hind legs. They sometimes hold twigs in their hands, adding a sword like look to their image.

These creatures are 25-30 lbs (12-15 kgs) and 35 inches (1 M) in length. These creatures are stronger than they look and faster too. Their tough shell segments allow them to defend themselves from all manner of Waste Creatures. People should never under estimate their claws, as they are hard and razor sharp. Knight scatt is quite valuable, as various toxins are passed through and concentrated in the scatt.

These creatures do seem to like Prospectors and their packs. They are a major bother as they are curious creatures, always getting into things.

Despite the common myth, these creatures only run. They do not curl up into balls and roll.

Note: The flexiblty and strength of a Crawlers of the Wastes allows them to get between the armored segments and rip with suction cup or beak.

They are a creature of The Wastes.



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young0ne2
January 14, 2014, 14:01
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i like this idea. Simple little critter with potential.
Murometz
January 14, 2014, 21:06
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Out of all the things one expects to see when clicking on "Waste Knight", a raccoon-armadillo cross just ain't one of them :)

Now you're making me want to write a "Waste Knight" sub. A Toxic Avenger(tm) for the fantasy set.


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