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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

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Eschalon Book II: The Catacomb Rat
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

As promised Basilisk Games has released the first of its October creature features, showcasing one frightening denizen of the world of Eschalon: Book II. Each week the company will unveil a new creature, offering both concept artwork and a detailed description. The first creature showcased is the Catacomb Rat, a denizen of the underground areas players will encounter in the upcoming old-school RPG.

The Catacomb Rat is a large relative of the common rat and can be found inhabiting caves, dungeons and crypts throughout Eschalon. They have a coarse, bristly fur which is often colored shades of gray or brown, and their tail is rather short and muscular compared to that of lesser rats. After eons of dwelling in the darkness of the underground, their eyes have adapted to detect the infrared heat of their enemies. While they are primarily scavengers, they will not hesitate to hunt for their next meal if the opportunity arises nor defend their nesting area from invaders. Adults may grow to be the size of a large dog and can be a devilish for to the untrained, especially in large groups which are called mischiefs.

A very rare and primitive relative of the Catacomb Rat, the Hystricognath, dwells in the deepest bowels of the underworld. This ancient rodent is also known as a "Dire Rat" by those unfortunate enough to encounter one, and it is a deadly beast harboring 10-inch incisors and diseases that are rapidly fatal to most. It is recommended that you do not willfully engage this creature in combat.
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