Created by: Garry Stahl, aided and abetted by Jay HaileyThis is a work of fiction. All characters, places, and situations are fictional. Any resemblance to persons, places, or situations living or dead is coincidental.
Appearance: STB-600 game
Number of Members: 100,000,000 approx
Nature of Members: Large herbivores. They are roughly the shape of a dromedary but without the hump and with brown scales instead of hair. They lack the endurance for a dry climate that dromedaries have, they also lack their bad habits.
Game Role: Background critters, general amusement
World Role: The beast on whose back Oz is built.
Relative Influence: They are the only large beast of burden to be had.
Public or Secret?: Hard to hide one
Publicly Stated Goal: Eat, breed.
Relative Wealth: None
Group advantages: Aneilogs like and need them
Special Abilities: Haul heavy loads with ease
Group disadvantages: Not very bright.
Special disadvantages: Non native species, they need special care.
Those who favor them: Aneilogs, other people that like big dumb animals.
Those opposed to them: Animal rights kooks, those that don't like big dumb animals.
Area of Operation: Oz
Headquarters Location: None
Public Face: Gronk!
Notable Members: They are big dumb animals.
History of the Organization: The majority of the Aneilog climb to civilization was done without the most basic of human tools,. the beast of burden. The Ane had been on Oz long enough they were the largest herbivore on the planet. Then they were suddenly humanoid.
When the Shardin contacted Oz they noticed the lack, and it was a lack. They imported their favorite beast of burden to aid the Aneilogs in their climb to civilization, the Gronk.
Gronks, named for the sound they make, are large gentle things that respond well to a gentle urging. They are willing as the day is long to do what you want, if you can get it across to them.
Aneilogs in general like the big slap happy beasts. Their minds are simple and easy to understand. Gronks really want nothing more than to herd and breed. Aneilogs feed then and take care of them, and are therefore all around okay with Gronk.
Technology on Oz is spotty enough that Gronks are still seen on the streets of even the largest cities. They are also the unwitting participant in a good deal of Aneilog humor: **So, I was talking to Gronk here about it.** **What did he say?** (on cue) "GRONK!" I guess you had to have been there.
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