Renk are small gastropods that have developed a symbiotic relationship with humanoid creatures in the desert. A harmless, tasteless slug, it stores water and is sometimes consumed raw on long desert trips.
Anatomy[edit | edit source]
Varied in color, renk have an elongated, tapered body 2 to 3 inches long. A sucker mouth can be found below a short pair of antennae used to detect vibration.
Ecology[edit | edit source]
Diet[edit | edit source]
These harmless slugs have no way to attack or harm. Renk survive by attaching themselves to certain benevolent creatures or individuals, gaining nourishment by licking the salt, sweat, and dead skin from the bodies.
Role in Athas[edit | edit source]
Renk are often taken on long trips. Consumed alive, renk contain more water than seems possible. Renk store moisture in an extra stomach that ruptures when they are eaten raw. An average renk holds ½ cup of water; therefore, an active man would need to eat 32 raw renks a day to replace fluids needed for one day in the desert. Concern should be taken when purchasing renk. Occasionally a leech or other harmful creature will be added to a group of renk and sold to an unsuspecting buyer.
Reproduction[edit | edit source]
Renk mate in stagnant water or rotting grain. They produce a dozen or so offspring that mature in 3-4 weeks. They are otherwise solitary creatures.
References[edit | edit source]
- Prusa, Tom. Advanced Dungeons & Dragons - Monstrous Compendium - Dark Sun: Appendix. Lake Geneva, WI: TSR, 1992. Print.