The Marmoks are a species of creatures which roam the scorched deserts to the south-east of Burithien. Their immense size and horrifying appearance have terrified many a wandering elephant, traveller, and even entire armies sent to slay these marauding beasts. When the Bhalkharaghi tracked these monsters to their main home, where they convened for mating season, the desert raiders recognised the immense strength and prowess of the Marmoks. Soon, these once rare and almost extinct animals would rampage across Burithien, destroying the remnants of the long-gone High Elves, at the whim of their Bhalkharaghi overlords.
Anatomy & Morphology
The Marmoks have 4 thick legs and a bulky body, much like elephants, but much larger. These, again like elephants, are covered in a thick and very strong grey hide, on which some rare examples bear black and red patterns. Their head is like that of a dragon, but also in grey hide, and they have short horns on the sides of their head and the front, which face upwards or downwards depending on gender. Their tails are long and whip-like, capable of knocking down buildings and trees if need be. On the end of these tails are sharp barbs and spikes, of the same material as their horns.
Ecology and Habitats
The Marmoks are largely nomadic, trekking across the desert in search of oases and other Marmoks to breed with. As such, their main habitat is in the desert. However, there is tale of one fertile valley hidden among the Red Hills, where the Marmoks are known to migrate to for breeding season. The Bhalkharaghi have discovered and exploited this area, and accounts kept by Selevast's minions state that the "Home of the Marmoks" were "lush and blooming with flowers, compared to the desert surrounding the Red Hills, with many lakes dotting the landscape, and trees growing in clusters".
Dietary needs and habits
The Marmoks can survive for a long time without food and water, though when they hunt they often prey on elephants and sometimes wood; this suggests that they are in fact omnivores. The Marmoks also occasionally raid human settlements to eat the residents, although it should be noted this is only done in dire situations when the animals are near to starving.
Uses, Products & Exploitation
The Marmoks have been used by the Tuarlaghu and Bhalkharaghi peoples of Sandaria in war, following the discovery of their breeding places. The desert raiders since then had built compounds in these fertile areas, and trained and bred the Marmoks for war. The creatures are subject to heavy abuse at times, so that when unleashed in war they will be as bloodthirsty and monstrous as possible. For battles, the Bhalkharaghi often mount wood and canvas platforms on the backs and sides of the Marmoks, so that they can control them and also have a means of moving light artillery pieces and warriors. Indeed, in combat the Marmoks are used as a mobile artillery position, a means of delivering troops to the battlefield and also as a tool to smash holes in enemy lines, especially effective against the closely-packed Conoilithian spear formations.
- Tough grey hide, certain specimens develop red and black patterns on their backs. 4 legs, a barbed tail, with horns on head.
- 50 years
- Conservation Status
- The Marmoks are by no means under protection; indeed, in many cases they are viewed as a threat. A wise observation, since these monsters have attacked many desert settlements and travellers in search of human flesh during hard times or to assert their territory. However, killing Marmoks is now much more difficult, as the Bhalkaraghi and Tuarlaghu have trained them for their conquests. However, during the intense control and training of these monsters, the Bhalkharaghi have subjected the Marmoks to intense abuse at times.
- Average height
- 9 to 12 metres.
- Average weight
- Around 12 tonnes.
- Average length
- 16 to 20 metres, tail included.
- Body tint, colouring and marking
- The Marmoks are covered in a tough grey hide. In certain specimens however, they may sport red and black markings on their backs.
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