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Gricks were large worm-like creatures that lived away from sunlight. Their head was composed of a sharp beak surrounded by four tentacles.[3][1]

Description[]

The main body of an adult grick was about 6 ft (1.8 m) long. Including the length of the tentacles, this made a grick about 8 ft (2.4 m) long.[3] A grick's head featured a pair of tiny eyes[2] and a snapping beak surrounded by large barbed tentacles. The tentacles would cover the beak unless the grick was attacking or eating.[1]

Grick skin was rubbery and uniformly dark with with pale underbellies.[3] Colouration varied from dark greens[3][1] to blues[2][4] .Their skin would camouflage well in rocky terrain and shadows.[1]

Behavior[]

Gricks were almost always hungry[2] and would seek to hunt anything that moves (except other gricks)[1]. Gricks would also immediately attack whenever their nest was threatened.[2]

Gricks were adept at climbing and could slither up walls with little difficulty.[3] Although they prefer to stay underground or indoors, gricks would venture into the open if food was scarce. Even then, gricks would only do so at night to avoid burning their small and sensitive eyes.[2]

Combat[]

Gricks preferred to hunt in packs but could also be found hunting alone.[2] Gricks hunted by waiting in busy areas and ambushing their prey.[3] Gricks used their natural camoflage to remain hidden in rocky terrain.[1]

If hunting in a pack, gricks would manoeuvre to outflank their pray wherever possible.[2]. Due to their relatively small beaks, gricks could only take small bites of food. As a result gricks preferred to drag prey back to their nest once it was unconscious or dead.[3]

Ecology[]

Gricks laid oblong blue/green eggs about the size of a human fist.[5] Young gricks were known as grick wormlings.[6] Grick wormlings were edible and were known to be served in the Dalelands stuffed with rice pilaf and diced celery.[6] Cured and spiced grick tentacles were also eaten.[7]

Gricks could be made to serve abberrant creatures[2] like grells.[8]

Due to the grick's constant need to eat, some explorers consider the best way to kill a grick is to seal it inside its nest and wait for it to starve to death.[1]

History[]

In -8170 DR the settlement of Alatorin was defended by gricks.[9]

At some point after 1372 DR the sewers of Waterdeep were home to a small population of gricks.[10]

One of the circle of fangs rings was found on a chain around the neck of a drowned grick.[11]

At some point prior to 1479 DR, the ruins of Harpshield Castle were infested with numerous gricks.[12]

In 1491 DR,[note 1] a goblin named Lhupo kept a pet grick in Cragmaw Castle.[13]

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Notes[]

  1. Pages 30‒31 of Lost Mine of Phandelver describe the eruption of Mount Hotenow (1451 DR) as occurring "30 years ago", which would place the adventure in 1481 DR. However, pages 103 and 179 of Acquisitions Incorporated, a later source, state that the events described in the adventure happen five years after both Lost Mine of Phandelver and Princes of the Apocalypse. Since the latter is explicitly set in 1491 DR, and considering this answer by Ed Greenwood about dating the adventure, this wiki will use 1491 DR for events related to this sourcebook.

Appearances[]

Gallery[]

Main: Category:Images of gricks

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References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford, Christopher Perkins (2014-09-30). Monster Manual 5th edition. Edited by Scott Fitzgerald Gray. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 173. ISBN 978-0786965614.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Mike Mearls, Stephen Schubert, James Wyatt (June 2008). Monster Manual 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 145. ISBN 978-0-7869-4852-9.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual v.3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 139. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
  4. Robert J. Schwalb (December 2008). “Touch of Madness”. In Chris Youngs ed. Dungeon #161 (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 72–113.
  5. Tito Leati, Matthew Sernett and Chris Sims (February 2014). Scourge of the Sword Coast. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 43.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Brian Cortijo and Christopher Perkins (January 2013). “The Vulture's Feast”. In Kim Mohan, Miranda Horner eds. Dungeon #210 (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 2–20.
  7. Tito Leati, Matthew Sernett and Chris Sims (February 2014). Scourge of the Sword Coast. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 41.
  8. Eric L. Boyd, Ed Greenwood, Christopher Lindsay, Sean K. Reynolds (June 2007). Expedition to Undermountain. Edited by Bill Slavicsek. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 128. ISBN 978-0-7869-4157-5.
  9. Brian R. James, Ed Greenwood (September 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. Edited by Kim Mohan, Penny Williams. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 20. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
  10. Eric L. Boyd (June 2005). City of Splendors: Waterdeep. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 125. ISBN 0-7869-3693-2.
  11. Ed Greenwood (August 2010). “Eye on the Realms: The Circle of Fangs”. In Steve Winter ed. Dungeon #181 (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 74–76.
  12. Tito Leati, Matthew Sernett and Chris Sims (February 2014). Scourge of the Sword Coast. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 41–44.
  13. Wizards RPG Team (July 2014). “Lost Mine of Phandelver”. Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set (Wizards of the Coast), p. 38. ISBN 978-0-7869-6559-5.