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Roper (Dungeons & Dragons).
They took the appearance of stalagmites and would wait for a living creature to draw close.
When this happened, the roper quickly lashed out with tendrils extruded from its body that wrapped around its target, sapping the creature's strength. The roper then drew its prey into its fang-filled mouth to consume. As a roper never knew when its next meal was coming, it often slew and ate more than it could possibly consume at once.
There were some varieties of ropers that had evolved on the surface of the world. They took the shape of dead tree trunks and hid within the forest.
Despite their monstrous hunger and evil natures, ropers were intelligent and insightful creatures. In the time between feedings, they learned about their surrounding underworld and contemplated philosophy. Religious pilgrims sometimes braved the lair of a roper for a chance to learn the creature's insight.
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