“Your offer?” grunted the lumbering, winged beast.
“I will give you one thousand gold pieces for our safe return to the kingdom,” the duke replied to the ox-headed horror that stood before him.
The creature scratched its head. That was a lot of gold.
“I will free one of you, then bring the gold to me. Then you both go,” the monster said flatly.
“And how do I know that you won’t betray us?” inquired the duke.
“We groxalen are bound by an ancient spell, if we make a deal then we must honor it,” the creature answered.
“Fair enough. I will bring you one thousand gold pieces within one week’s time, but you must take care of the duchess,” the man said and he turned to pick his way down the mountain, soon he was lost from sight.
The duchess looked around, quite frightened. The monster grinned.
“You humans are dumber than groxalen,” the creature sneered. “Of course I am going to eat you. And then when your foolish husband returns I will eat him too. Groxalen are only bound to honor an offer if the treasure is on hand.”
The duchess fainted.
No. Enc.: 1d6 (2d10+4)
Movement: 90′ (30′)
Fly: 180′ (60′)
Armor Class: 5
Hit Dice: 6
Hoard Class: XV
Groxalen are eight foot tall creatures that appear to be half man and half ox, with the feathered wings of a great bird of prey and bodies covered in long, wooly hair. Their shaggy heads sport long curling horns and these monsters sometimes carry crude clubs in their stubby-fingered hands. Groxalen are not very bright, yet they are shrewd bargainers.
These monsters like to swoop down on their prey and overwhelm them, carrying anyone human sized or smaller off to be eaten. Sometimes a victim of these creatures can barter with a groxalen for their life by offering a suitable reward for their release and these creatures will honor this offer and leave the person alone, but usually abandoned high up on a mountainside.