Creature Glossary

Explore the creatures and characters of Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures!

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Scottish Bog Wallow

Description: Little is known about the Scottish Bog Wallow.

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Grim

Size: 72” at shoulder

Weight: 275-350 lb

Description: Grims are one of the most endangered – and dangerous – predators. These stealthy, slinky animals are the results of a long-ago crossing between a Dire Wolf and a Ninja Dog.

Fun facts:

  • Like the Ninja Dog, Grims are always pitch-black in color.

  • An adult Grim can leap over a 7 foot wall.

  • Grims will go through four sets of teeth in their lifetime. Each set is larger and harder than the last. An elderly Grim has teeth sharper than diamonds.

Pixtail

Snouted Pixtail

Size: 20-40”

Weight: 20-25lbs

Description: The Snouted Pixtail has one of the keenest senses of smell in the magical creature kingdom. The Pixtail’s distinctive tail fluffs out to imitate wildflowers—the creature’s burrowing material of choice.

Fun facts:

  • Attempts at domesticity have general failed; while a pleasant smelling pet, the Snouted Pixtail tends to find and burrow in scented lotions, perfumes, and candles.

  • Can create over two hundred unique snorting vocalizations, and often strings them together into elaborate songs. Pixtails teach one another these songs, and have been known to "sing" them in rounds.

  • While stripes are most common, other hide patterns such as spots, brindle, and plaid exist.

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Short-winged Salamander

Size: 4-5”

Weight: 3-6oz

Description: The smallest variety of Salamander, and the only variety with wings. These are used for gliding, rather than flapping, giving the Salamander the appearance of swimming through the air.

Fun facts:

  • While the larger Giant Salamander and the Firemander are hot to the touch, the Short-winged Salamander is, in accordance with its side, merely luke-warm.

  • Common in gardens, the Short-winged Salamander eats insects and heats bird baths to an inviting temperature.

  • Short-winged Salamanders will eat flammable objects if given the opportunity. While these typically don’t harm the creature, it will often belch fire afterward.

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Gipybiera

Size: 10-15”

Weight: 10-25lbs

Description: The Gipybiera (also known as the Moss Guinea or Hamster-Bear) is a small, fast moving creature with a fur pattern that looks similar to moss growing on rocks. As such, they are well camouflaged in wooded areas, though their giggle-like calls tend to give their hiding spots away.

Fun facts:

  • Bold and daring, many hikers claim Gipybieras appear to be playing hide-and-seek; they curl up on a trail then, when a hiker passes, leap up and run farther ahead, giggling.

  • Ears can swivel 360 degrees and at night are used to cover the Gipybiera’s eyes while it sleeps.

  • Diet consists mostly of mushrooms, but in human-populated areas Gipybieras are known to steal juice boxes of any variety from unwatched lunchboxes. See also: Madison School District Juice Box Incident of 1992.

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Wompdonng

Description: The Wompdonng is one of the oldest domesticated breeds of Lizflosses; it has been raised for its downy feathers and fur for centuries. Early types had shorter and coarser hair, but careful breeding has encouraged long, airy coats perfect for stuffing pillows and children’s toys. The Wompdonng is unusual in that it loves babies of all kinds: it will steal other animal’s young to raise as its own, no matter what species or kind. It loves them all.

Fun facts:

  • The Wompdonng is a vegetarian and will convert all other animals to vegetarianism if given the chance; flat teeth are suited to grinding up all kinds of plants.

  • Although it appears to have a horn, it is actually a rudder. The Wompdonng uses it to steer during flight.

  • Wompdonngs are social groomers – its barbed tail is mostly used as a hairbrush.

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Tiny-Toothed Terrorbeast

Description: Despite its tiny size, the Terrorbeast is a formidable predator. The pocked-sized mammals hunt in enormous packs, making them capable of bringing down much larger creatures. Fortunately for humans, the Terrorbeast is generally only found in the deepest areas of the South American rainforest.

Fun facts:

  • Enormous pom-pom on tail fools predators.

  • Young Terrorbeasts begin life with dull-colored hair that slowly brightens as they age.

  • Terrorbeasts are omnivores; beaks allow them to add seeds to their diet.

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Sparkle Starlord (or Starlady)

Description: The Sparkle Starlord (or Starlady) is found mainly in New Zealand. Although it is small and slow, it is a great traveler, and it will spend its entire life journeying from the top of the country to the bottom. Some have even been spotted from one island to another. The Sparkle Starlord’s sweet-smelling sweat is used to make glue.

Fun facts:

  • Always has a smile on. It’s kind of stuck that way.

  • Tail can fall off and regrow. Starlord tails as long as two feet have been recorded.

  • Tail is used for holding onto things like tree branches or unsuspecting wildlife.

  • Stars glow after dark to help the tree-dwelling Sparkle Starlord blend in with the night sky.

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Tri-tailed Sewer Stinger

Description: The Tri-tailed Sewer Stinger is a stinky but useful occupant of North America’s dumps and landfills. The Sewer Stinger uses its three tails to dig and sort through trash to find the smelliest and tastiest of trash. It can eat up to five times its weight in trash.

Fun facts:

  • The fur of the Sewer Stinger is like steel wool and is used by some cultures to clean stubborn messes out of pots and pans.

  • Vocalizations sound like the growls and gurgles of a stopped-up toilet.

  • All of the Sewer Stinger is smelly, but its feet are the smelliest of all. Ancient cultures used to hold tests of strength based on the Sewer Stinger: the warrior who could smell its feet the longest won.

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Tri-tailed Sewer Stinger

Description: The Tri-tailed Sewer Stinger is a stinky but useful occupant of North America’s dumps and landfills. The Sewer Stinger uses its three tails to dig and sort through trash to find the smelliest and tastiest of trash. It can eat up to five times its weight in trash.

Fun facts:

  • The fur of the Sewer Stinger is like steel wool and is used by some cultures to clean stubborn messes out of pots and pans.

  • Vocalizations sound like the growls and gurgles of a stopped-up toilet.

  • All of the Sewer Stinger is smelly, but its feet are the smelliest of all. Ancient cultures used to hold tests of strength based on the Sewer Stinger: the warrior who could smell its feet the longest won.