A carrion crawler was a burrowing aberration that scavenged the dead and occasionally preyed on living creatures. Similar to a giant, toothed centipede in appearance, carrion crawlers were often accompanied by a foul odor of death, which warned others of their approach.[6]

Although their nature ultimately rested in the Far Realm, it was thought by many, and indeed was possible, that carrion crawlers were created through a mad wizard's experiments.[2]

Description[edit | edit source]

Carrion crawlers were large, pale yellow, and greenish aberrations whose appearance was akin to a three- to four-foot-long centipede. Crawlers possessed eight long tentacles protruding from the sides of their heads, allowing them to stun prey.[6] Carrion crawlers also had two eye stalks, through which they could perceive their surroundings even in the darkest caverns.[2] Additionally, carrion crawlers had a highly developed sense of smell.[6]

Behavior[edit | edit source]

Carrion crawlers often laid their eggs within a meal or mounds of waste. When the young hatched, often in numbers reaching into the hundreds, the baby crawlers quickly turned on one another, eating each other. Fortunately, this thinned down the numbers of the carrion crawlers substantially, who were also less dangerous at this time, possessing a less effective venom than their adult equivalents.[2]

Ecology[edit | edit source]

A depiction of a carrion crawler from Warriors of Waterdeep

Habitats[edit | edit source]

Beyond the Prime Material plane, carrion crawlers could be found in the Domains of Dread.[7]

Use[edit | edit source]

Carrion crawler brain juice was a dangerous paralytic poison that could be extracted or simple beaten out of the aberration's organ. The simplicity of acquiring this poison made it commonly used by orcs in the Urghosh locking mechanisms.[8]

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Appearances[edit | edit source]

Adventures
Dungeon #20: "The Ship of Night"Halls of the High KingThe Dungeon of DeathOut of the AbyssTomb of AnnihilationWaterdeep: Dragon Heist
Referenced only
Hordes of Dragonspear
Novels
CanticleSacrifice of the Widow
Video Games
Pools of DarknessTreasures of the Savage FrontierDungeon HackMenzoberranzanBaldur's GateBaldur's Gate: Tales of the Sword CoastIcewind DaleBaldur's Gate II: Shadows of AmnBaldur's Gate: Siege of DragonspearIdle Champions of the Forgotten RealmsWarriors of Waterdeep
Referenced only
Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth DrannorSword Coast Legends
Card Games
AD&D Trading Cards
Board Games
Tyrants of the Underdark: Aberrations and UndeadBattle for Faerûn
Organized Play & Licensed Adventures
The Scroll ThiefEscape from PhlanMulmaster UndoneQuelling the HordeTipping the Scales

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