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Danger Level: Medium
Likes: Darkness, Wetness, Bushes, Boxes
Dislikes: Loud Noise, Prolonged Blinding Light, Bleeding
Attack Method: Ambushing, temporarily blinding enemies with bright light, and then attacking with their claws.
The lampbeast is a lumbering quadrupedal creature with thick legs. Each of its feet are adorned with sharp black claws. Its body is protected by a tough leathery hide. Its head is fairly large with a thick skull protecting its brain and it sports a strong lower jaw that can crush wood to splinters.
Their eyes are in a perpetual state of squinting. Multiple spikes trace its spine to the tip of its tail. A pair of fluorescence horns adorn its head.
The spikes on its back are called "lamps" and are made of bones. Lampbeasts have bones that continually glow and are slightly radioactive. These lamps are usually shaped like lava lamps, but they can be shaped like fluorescent lamps and incandescent bulbs. These usually glow softly, but a lampbeast can restrict or surge energy into these organs to dim or brighten them. These lamps are what led these creatures be called lampbeasts.
A lampbeast usually roam areas with much cover. They like to hide in plants like tall grass and bushes. They build their nests beneath vegetation, and bear up to three offspring in one litter.
Lampbeasts are generally not very social. They often roam alone in their territories. They communicate both through sounds and shifting light gradients. There's a thing called "The Song", where multiple lampbeasts can be heard in an area where there's only one. The cause of the phenomenon is currently unknown.
If a lampbeats feels threatened and needs to hide, it can dim their lamps in an attempt to blend better with their surroundings.
Lampfawn: A small variation of the lampbeast. Generally leaner with spindly legs and tapering tail. It is a much wilder kind of lampbeast and much harder to control.
Blinding Flash: A healthy lampbeast can use up some of its energy to create a flash of light from its lamps to blind its foes.
• They are not to be confused with living lamps which are mushrooms that grow in wet forests and emit a soft light every night.
• The lampbeast song is quite elusive. There are currently no real successful recordings of a lampbeast song. There have been multiple documented recordings that claim to have captured the song, but further investigation have found all of them to be distorted versions of songs of other fauna. It is believed that lampbeast songs cannot be captured by a recording device. Pet lampbeast do not appear to sing for an unknown reason.
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