Unearthing the Past
A whelp race of dragonkind, tatzlwyrms lurk amid the deepest wilds of the natural world.
A whelp race of dragonkind, tatzlwyrms lurk amid the deepest wilds of the natural world. Although they lack many of the qualities of true dragons—most notably wings and powerful breath weapons—their instinctual cunning and innate ferocity is not diminished by their size. Feral yet patient hunters, tatzlwyrms spend most of their time lying in wait for prey, uncaring of whether it takes the form of deer, wolves, or men.
Possessing the same hoarding compulsion as their better-known draconic cousins, tatzlywryms collect the remains of their hunts, the eldest accumulating morbid troves of bones and debris. Incidentally, heavily gnawed equipment and forgotten treasures often lie littered among these grim hoards, even although the dragonkin have no use for such wealth. Innately stealthy and uncomfortable in open areas, tatzlwyrms are rarely seen, and in many regions are thought to be little more than local legends. As such, folkloric rumors persist of their weird abilities and common haunts, tales only verified when the foolish or unsuspecting intrude upon these aloof creatures’ far-fung lairs. It’s not uncommon for the residents of isolated communities to attribute the disappearance of hunters or travelers to “The tatzlwyrms getting’ em.”
Several breeds of tatzlwyrms exist. The most-commonly encountered—although still quite rare—variety lurks amid the tangled hearts of ancient forests, while more elusive wyrms purportedly dwell within mountain crags, treacherous shoals, and deep underground. Although seemingly not intelligent enough to discern the historic importance of such sites, tatzlwyrms are oddly attracted to natural places of great age and primeval strength. What connection these strange dragons might have to these locations, however, remains a mystery.