Jargalek (the crocodile-shark)
“Bakra-do!” Chalk shouted excitedly, clapping the stoic mercenary on the back. “We thought you were dead!”
“Why would I be? I left your company some time ago! That leads to a happier, more prosperous life,” Bakra-do said, trying his best to smile convincingly.
Koram elbowed the fighter jokingly in the ribs. “What brings you here?”
“You two, of course. And whatever pitiful wretches you have taken up with. I rode a crocodile-shark for many miles and across an ocean to find you two and give you a warning,” Bakra-do said.
“Crocodile-shark? What was it like?” Chalk asked.
“In the end, delicious. But it was old and tired and had served me well. They are quite hearty creatures, actually. A strange fish, to be sure. Long and fierce, but friendly to most,” the mercenary replied.
“And what news do you bring?” inquired Valance.
“Oh, the Astral Raiders have broken back into this world and are looking for you. Sort of like the time I was left to face the two…” Bakra-do began.
“You got even with us with that horrible soup!” Koram interjected.
“Yes, indeed. Anyway, there was apparently a false sighting of you two and Stork summoned the Astral Raiders, who fried the two hapless victims and discovered too late that they were not, in fact, you two. Not that they care about humans, but they do consider the principle,” Bakra-do explained.
“And the Crystal Sword,” Koram said, patting the blade at his side.
“Indeed. I have two more jagralek at my disposal, as the Astral Raiders are not far away I suggest you and your poor companions here pack your things, we will head for the Blade Islands to throw off your pursuers for a while,” Bakra-do said.
An hour later the four adventurers met the mercenary at the shore of the Sea of Lurza. Bakra-do was accompanied by three enormous fish-like creatures that basked in the shallow water.
“Let’s go, the day is getting on!” the mercenary snapped impatiently.
Shrugging, Koram mounted one of the strange crocodile-sharks and the others followed. They began the journey to the more tropical local of the Blade Islands.
No. Enc.: 1 (1d4)
Movement: 60′ (20′)
Swim: 180′ (60′)
Armor Class: 4
Hit Dice: 12
Damage: 1d12+5 (bite) or 1d10+2 (tail slap)
Hoard Class: Nil
The jargalek, also known as the crocodile-shark, is a surprisingly huge fish that can come up onto land for short periods of time, breathe air as well as water, can travel great distances through fresh or salt water, and is semi-intelligent. Some sages speculate that this creature was a servant of some sort of aquatic deity, others feel that the jargalek is an alien creature from another dimension that somehow became stranded.
Huge dark scales, wicked teeth and a length of nearly 60 feet for fully grown crocodile-sharks give these creatures a reputation for being savage killers, however, the jargalek is somewhat intelligent and quite docile around humans and demi-humans, even becoming a steed to carry some great distances. Not that crocodile-sharks aren’t above stealing a few sheep or cattle that roam to close to their rivers and lakes.