The Monsters of Scadrial
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Scadrial is home to more than humans and kandra, and even more than wild beasts like wolves, lions, and birds of prey. The wilds of the Final Empire are home to many unique and terrifying creatures.
Arguably the most notorious are the mistwraiths, enormous amalgams of dead creatures remade as the stuff of nightmares, which travel in the nightly mists and seemingly murder indiscriminately. Rural citizens believe mistwraiths consume and impersonate humans they encounter, and so they avoid traveling or even leaving their homes after dark. The Outer Dominances report even larger and more aggressive mistwraiths that display both a bestial cunning and an insatiable hunger for the flesh of the living.
Even more dangerous are the hulking, blue-skinned koloss, humanoid giants fielded by the Lord Ruler as shock troops and engines of wanton destruction. Very few who’ve seen a koloss have lived to speak of it, as the creatures are kept at the fringes of the empire, far from civilization, until their god needs them.
Younger, smaller koloss stand tall as a man, with folds of loose azure skin hanging from their frames. As they age they grow to 14 feet tall, their skin tightening until it stretches and tears hideously, dribbling rivulets of bright red blood across their rippling frames.
Koloss hordes wander the countryside in a fugue, picking the land clean of anything edible. They have no discernable culture, economy, or hierarchy outside age and size, and they resolve conflicts with sudden and deadly bursts of violence, whether they’re over swords, clothing, or which creature swallows the last morsel of food.
Despite their internecine tension, koloss are most terrifying when turned against a common foe. In battle, an entire horde descends into a blood-frenzy, charging the enemy headlong and fighting to their last breath. All that keeps the beasts from running amok is that the eldest koloss eventually perish as their hearts give out, unable to support their massive size any longer.