Nudge peered out into the foggy gloom.
‘Something’s not right out there,’ he told the others.
‘It’s only a creepy marsh, what’s the worst that could be out there,’ quipped Koram.
‘Shhh!’ cautioned the gnome. ‘I hear voices!’
A trio of figures moved cautiously through the thick fog. Suddenly a deep bellow was heard and something attacked without warning, snapping an arm off of one of the advancing figures, suddenly two scattered as the wounded fighter was pounced on and devoured.
‘Well, that was a surprise,’ Koram commented. ‘We didn’t even need to pull our weapons for once.’
No. Enc.: 1 (1d4)
Movement: 60′ (20′)
Armor Class: 5
Hit Dice: 10+2
Hoard Class: X
The Marsh Mauler is a large beast that hides in bogs and marshes in plain sight, allowing moss and weeds to grow upon its back, creating a living camouflage (notice on a roll of 5-6 on 1d6). These creatures are large and round with four stubby legs and a long toothy beak/snout and a short tail. Their dark, oily seal-like skin allows moss, lichen and many weeds to grow naturally on their backs. Not too bright, these creatures are just smart enough to ambush potential prey by attack when least suspected. It is rumored that some villages of gnomes that live on the edges of bogs domesticate these creatures as beasts of burden.