Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wednesday Werk: Vilg

"Gross." — Ogden "The Glaive" Thursson

In this week's Wednesday Werk, we'll look at the Vilg.

The Vilg are a highly-reviled race of toad-creatures that devour the remains of the rotten and corrupt dead.  Found in charnel houses and musty old tombs, the Vilg are easily-recognizable due to their disgusting diet, foul smell, and habit of going places no self-respecting toad would go.  They do not necessarily seek water, instead congregating in sites where corpses are frequent.  Supposedly, the Dustmen of old Sigil had to deal with the creatures frequently — although whether they found the creatures to be pests or used them for disposal changes with the telling.

Vilg are occasionally kept as pets and familiars by ghouls, goblins, and other foul humanoids that can withstand their stench and grotesque diet.  Some fastidious underdwellers use them to clear their lairs of offal, much as fishmongers might use snails to keep fish tanks clean.

Vilg are most likely to be encountered in their capacity as pets and familiars; one might find such a creature in a ghoul's den, or traveling with a goblin hexer.  Vilg typically attempt to avoid combat, but if pressed, will attempt to Bite opponents and then use Bounder to reposition themselves or escape.

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