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Brutal and shrewd, skreelings are the immature offspring of
skreesires (see page 57), but they have not yet developed the
full mental abilities of their progenitors. Skreeling siblings
hunt in packs, pooling their nascent fighting abilities, and
they are much stronger when they work together. Skreeling
hosts, as xenobiologists call these packs, often live in rocky
crannies or caves where they can better protect themselves
from threats until they reach adulthood. Although they lack
telepathy and the physical characteristics that would allow
them to speak, skreelings can emit shrill, distinctive battle
cries, often to distract prey or frighten predators away from
their lairs.

Skreelings are typically found on rocky planetoids with
thin atmospheres, and they almost always lair within 100
yards or so of a parent skreesire’s territory. Skreelings hatch
from eggs their parent has laid in corpses, gathered brush,
or nests of sand; they then work together to survive
until they reach adulthood. Skreelings are omnivorous
and even ingest ash, metal shavings, or wood when
regular food is scarce. Once the vicious creatures reach
adulthood, their expanded intellects combined with their
burgeoning appetites for territory often see siblings turn
on each other until the host eventually disperses and the
individual skreelings search for new lairs.

Skreelings typically stand about 3 feet tall, weigh about
30 pounds, and have a wingspan of about 3-1/2 feet—
although, as the creatures grow larger, their wings lose
their functionality, their lower legs atrophy and drop off,
and their tails develop into multiple ambulatory tentacles.
This is a very gradual process that begins the moment they
are born.

Occasionally, a skreeling becomes stunted in its
development, growing too large to fly but not yet having
a skreesire’s psychic faculties. These mutants—known as
“skreemules”—are often killed by their siblings, but they
sometimes escape to live miserable solitary lives, crawling
through the hills on their malformed tentacles and snapping
at any potential prey.

Though uncommon, skreeling infestations near civilized
settlements are treated more like natural hazards to
be avoided than pests to be eliminated. Some residents
even derive a kind of pride from these annoyances, going
so far as to name geological features of the area or local
businesses after the creatures. These citizens make sure to
warn travelers and newcomers about the skreeling lairs, as
much to keep the flying aberrations safe as the people they
caution. However, they are quick to turn on the skreelings if
they get too aggressive and hold

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