Calorean Bestiary #5 – Nightslade Hares

Nightslade hares come out at night and feast on the nyam nyam root.  They are several times bigger than normal Calorean hares, have pointed fangs, red eyes and a bad attitude towards intruders.

Through almost closed eyelids he saw a rapid movement in the grass ahead and the biggest hare he had ever seen lurched suddenly through the grass.

“Are they all that big?” exclaimed Beau.

“Mostly,” said Arnold, “although the adults are bigger.”

Red eyes

Calorean Bestiary #4 – Mothmen

Mothmen are usually found in the Nightslade forest on the edge of Snaggletown.  Renowned for the excessive amount of time they spend on personal grooming, mothmen are impossibly vain, selfish to the core and have few redeeming qualities.

“It’s all right for you,” she said to Arnold. “There seems to be no limit to the amount of preening you do. Don’t you ever get bored?”

“My good looks are no accident” snapped Arnold. “I look good because I bother. It wouldn’t do you any harm to wash your hair.”

Mothman

Calorean Bestiary #3

Man Eating Ray

She took off her boots and stockings. Holding her dress high she waded in. The water was crystal clear. Silver finned fish snaked through bunches of red sea weed and a family of shepherd lobsters marched across the shingle. She watched in fascination as the largest one used its claws to round up a passing gaggle of sea snails.

“Look at this Arnold,” she laughed pointing to the lobsters.

“Most amusing,” he said, looking down the beach.

“What’s that?” he asked pointing to the shore.

“I can’t see anything, “replied Skyle continuing to watch the lobsters at work.

“Look, the beach is moving,” cried Arnold jabbing his finger towards the shore line.

“Well I can’t see……..”

Then suddenly she could see. Almost the entire expanse of the beach trembled momentarily.

“I think we should leave,” she whispered.

Without further warning, the beach shook itself spraying grey sand into the air and hurtled towards the water.

Skyle’s scream pierced the air.

“Run,” she cried tearing across the gravelled floor of the cavern, ripping the soles of her feet as she scrambled up the track.

Arnold joined her at the top of the path and they looked towards the pool. Half in and half out of the water lurked a flat, black, pulsating piscine creature the size of Skyle’s village. Two narrow eyes stared from a spiny head, its long pointed fangs visible even from a distance.

“It’s a man eating ray,” breathed Skyle.Man Eating Ray

Science lesson at the Rat’s academy…

“The Professor emitted a series of squeaks and six paws shot into the air, each little rat trying to reach the highest. Professor Rodoric tapped a small grey eared rat on the shoulder. He clapped his little paws together and rolled up a sleeve, whiskers trembling with excitement.

The grey eared rat plunged his paw into the liquid then removed it from the mixture shaking droplets back into the bowl. His paw had vanished.”