Pinehogs

Pinehogs are a curious creatures that dwell in the Dreadwoods, a mysterious forest found in the Sleepless Coast.  

Anatomy

Pinehogs look like normal hedgehogs, but instead of quills they have what looks like to be a pinecone on their backs. Found deep in evergreen forests these peaceful creatures eat mostly insects, and generally stay away from trouble.   Their main defense mechanism is to curl up into a ball and stand still, becoming almost indistinguishable from a normal pinecone. The pinecone "quills" are also very sharp and can easily cut any predator that might try to eat them when curled up.  

Origins

Pinehogs are thought to be one of few non dangerous results of the Warped Lands mutations, when the energies of the Unending Planes change the physical structure of creatures in weird and unpredictable ways. However their presence in the Dreadwoods, which doesn't contain any known warped land, has puzzled many generation of druids and explorers, in search of the pinehogs origins.   Scholars are pretty sure that pinehogs are the cross between normal hedgehogs and pinecones, and all agree that the creature, although cute and apparently harmless, has still to be treated with caution, as they might have other more dangerous and unknown defence mechanisms.
Origin/Ancestry
Hedgehog
Geographic Distribution
Once I tried to pick up a pinehog. It hissed at me and curled up into a ball that looked exactly like a pinecone. It was so cute!
  I still have some scars on my hand.
— Gerreld of Valiset


Cover image: Dark Hills by Nele Diel

Comments

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11 Dec, 2020 14:41

They're still adorable! :D

Sage darquill
Diego Malatesta
11 Dec, 2020 15:03

Yes. Yes, they are! :3

12 Dec, 2020 04:57

I'd (carefully) like to pet one.

Sage Serukis
Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull
12 Dec, 2020 12:50

Awww! The quote is great - it sums up my feelings on pinehogs completely. :D I'd pet one, even if I got scars.

Emy x   Welcome to Etrea! Please check out my peculiar plants entry! :)
quest magister
Quest Magister
12 Dec, 2020 18:22

This is a fantastic and originial post! I absolutely love this. May I use it in my campaign?

Sage darquill
Diego Malatesta
12 Dec, 2020 19:42

Thanks :) Sure go ahead!

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