There is perhaps no more terrifying creature in Damir than the Mud Frogs, who are generally found near the three main rives in Damir: the Blue, the Paia, and the Mourning. Mud Frogs are gigantic frogs, the size of elephants, who bury themselves in mud and then attack when its prey grows near. They are the leading cause of death in Purewater, which is up against the Paia River and less than a league away from Oringard. Because the three major rivers in Damir are so wide, the mud frogs have little difficulty using the rivers as a means to travel and hunt.
Mud Frogs were at first thought to be legend, a scare tactic used by the Blood Bunch to keep the templars of Proudhill away from their hideout, deep within the Blue River. However, in 204 ACW, Sir. Gallac and an ensemble of templars stumbled into a mud frog who devoured three of his templar knights. Gallac slew the mud frog and the beast was no longer simply legend. Over the centuries, many travelers have disappeared when crossing the Blue River, many believe them to be victims of mud frogs. Incidents have dropped in recent years because knowledge of the creatures have kept travelers wary.
Mud Frogs have a tendency of stationing themselves in an area that is soaked in mud, so travelers will usually try to avoid such areas. In Purewater, mud frogs are still a problem, even to locals. Thanks to the Mud Flats region, just east and north of the town, Purewater citizens have to cross the muddy terrain if they wish to reach the Paia River or head north to Paia’s Bluff where Shunjilas have been found. Hunting is a major economy for Purewater, and the Mud Flats offer some of the best hunting ground in Damir, making mud frogs a dangerous obstacle for hunters.
Even the orcs of Oringard learned the hard way about the mud frogs and the Mud Flats around Purewater. On more than one occasion, the orcs have attempted to surround the river village only to lose some of their warriors to the mud frogs. Orcs will now only assault the eastern and southern ramparts of Purewater, just to avoid the threat of mud frogs.
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Frogs the size of elephants?!? I like frogs, and I like elephants, but I don’t think those two should mix 😉