Heroes of the Vale
Disgusting, pale, slime-slick toads
An oozy abomination, the slurk, resembles a pale, slime-slick toad, its back dripping thick mucus-like secretion as it effortlessly hops back and forth, splattering secretions as it comes. The creature’s huge, walrus-like tusks drag along the ground.
Long ago, dwarves dragged giant forest toads beneath the earth and altered their physiology with powerful magic in hopes of creating perfect undergrounds beasts of burden and mounts. The slurk is the disgusting result of their aborted efforts. The creature’s unappealing slime and foul-smelling reek caused the dwarves to drive them deeper below the ground, out of sight. Kobolds, on the other hand, are less selective and find the slurks to be useful pets.
Slurks lair underground in damp caverns where fungus and lichens (their food of choice) grow.