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Fluffy wambler

Urist likes fluffy wamblers for their gentle nature.
Biome

  • Any Land
Alignment

Good

Active Seasons
Spring Summer Autumn Winter
This article is about an older version of DF.
A fluffy, pudge-filled being, known for its warm heart and stumble bumblings.

Fluffy wamblers are small humanoids that can be found the world over in good regions. They are known and beloved for their warm hearts, gentle natures, and stumble bumblings. Despite their status as agricultural pests, it's rare to find a being that actually finds them offensive. They are widely held to be 'adorable,' and many dwarves consider them to be a delicacy.

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[edit] Description

Fluffy wamblers are about 1/3 smaller than a domestic cat. They are roughly humanoid in shape, with singular arms and legs devoid of toes, claws, or other extremities. They possess two black eyes and a nose, but lack any other distinguishing features, and their entire bodies are covered in white fur known as 'fluff.' Their uniformity makes it difficult to tell two different wamblers apart.

[edit] Biology

Wamblers lack bones, blood vessels, mouth parts, nerves, and differentiated organs of any sort, but they require nourishment as much as any creature. Current theory suggests they absorb nutrients directly through the skin into their 'pudge,' a purple fat-like substance that uniformly fills the wambler's entire body. This pudge appears to act as a super-organ that regulates and provides for the wambler's entire metabolism and structure.

Wamblers maintain a body temperature slightly higher than that of dwarves. They appear to be immune to sickness and are not known to suffer infection of any kind. There is no specific term for any hypothetical wambler offspring (a live wambler birthing has never been seen).

One case of a Wambler possibly resurrecting itself deep under ground. The corpse was carried many levels underground by a cat into an active mining area well away from any sort of entrance. Then later the corpse was missing and a live Wambler was wandering around down in the mining area 13 floors down underground. Up to that point no other live Wamblers had been seen anywhere within the tunnels.

[edit] Behavior

Fluffy wamblers are extremely common in good regions of any sort. They live in groups of up to fifty in burrows beneath the ground. They can eat food stored in stockpiles, occasionally managing to gnaw through a barrel or a bag in order to do so, though they're unable to penetrate anything but a flimsy container.

They are slow movers, only seen during the day. Wamblers are not wholly benign and may in fact display aggression when threatened, an act which is almost always futile, as they have power to harm only the feeblest of creatures.

Wamblers may be domesticated by a resident Dungeon master, and fetch a market value approximate to that of a dog.

[edit] Trivia

Fluffy wamblers are surprisingly dense, and can be quite powerful when thrown at high velocities. There was at least one reported slaying of a bronze colossus using a thrown fluffy wambler as a weapon, as documented here. News of this incident has served to increase the wambler's popular appeal.

Civilizations that use 'good' animals and animal materials (and have no qualms about killing animals) can make clothes out of wambler fluff, a prized, yet inexpensive, insulating fabric.

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