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© 2014 Christopher Burdett
“The Kreep is a very puzzling creature. There is still no definitive theory as to where they originate or what their social structure is like. A lone Kreep will appear in a village, town, or even the Bazaar and wonder around ringing their bells and continuously vocalizing. Their name comes from one of most common vocalizations that they make, or at least a shortened version of it. To this day no being has been able to decipher their hisses, clicks, chirps, and hums that make up what is considered their spoken language. While some disagree that these vocalizations are a language, the fact that the Kreep appear capable of crafting bells, fabric, leatherwork, and various other hand made objects would give credence that they are intelligent enough to have a spoken language. Some suggest that the Kreep is a mindless animal that merely collects objects they find and adorns their bodies in an act of disguise, mate attraction, or similar instinctual behavior. From my research this line of thought seems flawed. The Kreep seem drawn to locations inhabited by other beings. They call attention to themselves and appear to try to interact with all they meet. They are meaningful with the use of the bells and melodious patterns can often be heard. Mindless animals are not known for any of these behaviors.
There are numerous records of Kreep finding themselves in the Bazaar, stretching back many hundreds of years. Most records simply mention a Kreep wondering the streets ringing and vocalizing before disappearing into the depth of the Bazaar never to be seen again or leaving the Bazaar after a few weeks. 567 year ago, however, there was a notably different story involving a Kreep.
Izlalish the Knowing wrote that a rather confrontational Kreep, after several weeks of wondering the Bazaar, crossed paths with a Horned Woofits. The Woofits behaved as Woofits do and after a very brief exchange, savagely killed the Kreep. This was most likely escalated by the Woofits being unable to understand the Kreep. Due to the unusual circumstances of the interaction, the fact that the Woofits consumed some of the Kreep, and that the Woofits was quick with reimbursement to a storeowner for lost sales during the interaction there was only a nominal penalty fee assigned to the Woofits. What makes this all stranger is that a second Kreep appeared in the Bazaar the very next day and directly sought out the same Woofits from the previous day. Again, being a Woofits, after a brief interaction there was another dead Kreep. A second attack got the authorities more involved and the Woofits the jailed for a short time. Upon the release of the Woofits a third Kreep was said to have been waiting outside the jail. In a rather daring move the Kreep engaged the Woofits and the Woofits killed a third Kreep in front of the authorities. After this third fatality the Woofits was banished from the Bazaar. Izlalish the Knowing records seeing a fourth Kreep approaching the Bazaar as the Woofits left the main entrance. The Kreep followed the much faster Woofits until they were both out of Izlalish the Knowing's sight.
This record only asks more questions than it answers. I fear that the Kreep will remain a mystery until their language can be deciphered.”
-Agatha Luculent Habile, Acolyte of the Impure Husk
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