According to the Dalish, the first varterral was created in the days before Arlathan. A high dragon attacked a mountain city beloved by Dirthamen, and the elven god fashioned the fallen trees of the forest into a deadly guardian that drove back the serpent. Elves tell that the varterral has kept its vigil ever since, even over the ruins.
Anatomy & Morphology
A blind five legged spider thing made out of wood with log like legs that end at an arrow head point. They have large head sort of like a velociraptor with four long pointed pieces on their mouth making faux teeth, two on top and two on bottom and long arms with elbows and hands with four pointed digits.
Ecology and Habitats
Varterrals thrive in secluded place
Dietary Needs and Habits
They eat elk and bears They can also kill dragons
Perception and Sensory Capabilities
It is blind and is able to feel movement in the ground like a snake and, according to Dalish legend, are able to taste the guilt of intruders. In Dalish legend it is said that they wouldn't attack an elf as they can discern one from sent but that is proven untrue. Varterral bound magically to guard something, such as an eluvian, and they will stay alive no matter how many times it is defeated. A lot like a golem.