Chalk and his companions rode up to the rugged little town. Three men were still swaying in the gentle breeze from a gallows. Next to the deceased was a crude drawing of something that might have been a porcupine, or maybe a mongoose or perhaps an otter. A half a dozen rough looking men, probably what passed for constables in these parts, looked grimly at the adventurers as they rode up. Chalk and the others exchanged glances.
“I will assume that it is a bad idea to hunt these things,” Chalk said aloud as he nodded at the rough drawing.
“You assume right, stranger,” one of the men replied.
“What exactly is it that we aren’t supposed to kill, porcupines?” Koram asked. Chalk glared at the fighter as soon as he said it. One of the men leveled his crossbow at the adventurers.
“Maybe it’s best that you folk keep moving on, if you cannot tell the difference between an imchenuo and a porcupine you all will probably end up swinging in the breeze too,” the man said.
No. Enc.: 1d4 (1d8)
Movement: 150′ (50′)
Armor Class: 4
Hit Dice: 3
Damage: 2d4/2d4/1d6 claw/claw or bite
Hoard Class: XIX
These strange creatures resemble a mongoose that can stand on two legs and has opposable thumbs. The imchenuo are semi-intelligent and hoard shiny trinkets, not really appreciating the value of anything. However, these odd beasts have one ability that no other creature has; they are absolutely immune to the effects of a dragon’s breath weapon, regardless of type. The fire of a red dragon will not scorch the hide of an imchenuo nor will the lightning of a blue dragon shock the thing. While the claws and bite of a dragon still do damage the breath weapon has no effect. Knowing this, most dragons are rather fearful of these creatures and will take note of even a whisper of an imchenuo in the area as these odd little beasts can also track a dragon by scent 90% of the time and enjoy nothing more than harassing dragons. A small group of these creatures can cause harm to a dragon and horde of them have been known to slay a dragon after a titanic struggle.
Needless to say, the young of an imchenuo mother are highly sought after by dragon hunters and monster slayers and bring a lot of coin to dealers in such rare creatures. In many places it is considered very unlucky to slay an imchenuo. So unlucky that the crime of killing one of these is often punished by death.