The upper part of a tlincalli was the upper body of a human. The lower part of the tlincalli's body was of a six-legged giant scorpion.[note 1] Plates of armor made from bone covered the body from the upper abdomen down. Tlincallis were completely hairless. Their hands were not dexterous, as they had two large fingers and a thumb.
Tlincallis were organized warriors. As they frequently patrolled their territory, squadrons of six to eight warriors were most often encountered by other creatures. The leader of the squadron was also the only spellcaster in the group. The favored weapons of tlincallis were bolas and macas.
A standard tlincalli tactic was to engage an opponent from afar, using their bolas or other ranged weapons. Afterwards, they charged and surrounded their target, engaging in fierce melee combat. In addition to using a maca, they used their sharp claws and strong tail to knock opponents off their feet. The stinger at the end of their tails delivered a fatal venom. Additionally, their bony armor was covered in poison.
Both female and male tlincallis were trained and skilled in combat.
Tlincalli lived in tribes, some tribes settling and founding cities and some tribes nomadic. Dwarves and humans were often captured by tlincalli. They were used as slave labor in tlincalli mines and smithies. Nomadic tribes were scavengers, stealing what they required from their victims.
Tlincallis were pessimistic and also had a devout belief in omens and portents. They were ferocious fighters due to their belief that their death was predetermined. Their belief in divination was so strong that the ruling caste of a tlincalli settlement were diviners.
About one in five tlincallis were clerics. The tlincalli pantheon contained at least nine major and two minor deities. They used their own zodiac system, which was composed of eleven symbols. About one in five tlincallis were clerics. Little was known about the tlincalli religion, but it was understood that Huoxopica and his wife Ixtilli were the two main gods and Corantllil was the tlincalli god of continual labor. The clerics of some tlincalli tribes worshiped Nula, Plutoq, or Zaltec.
Tlincallis were obligate carnivores and consumed any meat they could find, either freshly killed or carrion left behind by another predator. Tlincallis were not hunted by other predators. Tlincallis laid their eggs in a dark, warm nest, usually surrounded by cacti. The eggs had firm shells on which a powerful poison was found. Any creature who came into contact with an egg became paralyzed. When the eggs were about to hatch, tlincallis tied captives in the nests. Upon hatching, the young fed on the hapless victims.
A scholarly treatise on tlincallis was found in Tym's Monstrous Book. It contained a detailed analysis of the ecology of tlincallis.
Tlincalli originated in Maztica and eventually spread to Faerûn's Underdark. In 1365 DR, tlincalli diviners in Maztica created a gate and transported an expeditionary force of over a thousand of their people into the caves under Amn. The tlincalli journeyed deeper into the Underdark and founded the realm of Oaxaptupa in the abandoned dwarven kingdom of Xothaerin.
In 1374 DR, tlincallis erupted from the Underdark and attacked Murann and settlements along the Trade Way from the Cloud Peaks to the Forest of Tethir. They demanded recompense for all treasure looted from Maztica.
When a tlincalli was used in heraldic designs, it represented readiness and betrayal.
- 2nd-edition sources state that a tlincalli has six legs, while images in 3rd- and 5th-edition sources show them with eight legs.
- Canon material does not provide dating for the Al-Qadim campaign setting. For the purposes of this wiki only, the current date for Al-Qadim products is assumed to be 1367 DR.
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