Fantastic Beasts and How to Slay Them: Murtlap

Never has the phrase ‘burying the lede’ been more relevant. I did think this was going to be another, simple, “looks like a normal animal but with a twist” Fantastic Beasts.

Blink and you’ll miss the part where fire shoots from your butt.


It’s a water-based rodent. It has a strange growth on its back.

And it can cause a flaming anus with a single bite.

The bite also causes shakes and sweating, but that seems incredibly secondary. I think we can all agree that knowing that at any moment you might become a natural flamethrower would leave anyone trembling.

This is another Fantastic Beast that won’t offer much of a challenge in a D&D fight. What you do have here, is an interesting coastal trap for the unsuspecting hero. The curious warrior upturns a half-buried conch to find a rat attached to it. Ouch! It bit them. Hardly worth worrying about.

Cut to an hour later, when their flatulence is very actually deadly.

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Author: Rufus Scott

I am a long term Gamer, a full-time History Teacher and a part-time geek. I enjoy writing about the positive aspects of gaming, especially when it comes to education. My posts are sometimes nostalgic, occasionally irrelevant, largely meant to provoke further discussion. I'll sometimes punctuate these whimsical ramblings with a random comment on gaming and/or teaching.

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