During the night, many of the residents of local swamps always comment that they can hear the crashing of trees and the thrashing of water. Those that venture to check out the sounds don't tend to return. This is the main domain of the Swamplar. The swamplar is a violent tree and root creature that has their homes within the very heart of many of the marshlands.
During the daytime, they are dormant and prefer to sleep in the still waters of the swamps. At this time, they are feeding on the local nutrients in the water and the trees that they are nestled against. If they are disturbed, they will rise up and defend themselves. As a general rule, they'll build some dense fencing structures made of natural wood to help keep intruders out.
At night, they would awaken and gather in the main clearing of the swamp. At this time, the rituals began and the largest of the Swamplars would take on any challengers for the right to leave the village. It seems that the Swamplars were a nomadic and proud race that really wants to form their own villages and their own families. However, being a proud race, each member of the race (male or female) had to prove that they were strong enough to defend and create a village. If they could prove to the elders that they were capable of that, then they were given permission to leave.
Once the challenges were completed, the village went back to the normal routine of sharing information, playing games, and visiting with friends. Overall, they were a pretty happy group of people who valued family and strength above everything else.
Although the Swamplar may talk slow and appear to be dense, they are a fairly bright race. They like to think things over before committing to any form of decision. They tend to be open with most races and will easily engage in nightly communication.
One thing to keep in mind when talking with the Swamplars is that they have absolutely no interest in any form or technology. They world is fashioned from the natural world and prefer to only engage with those items.
The Swamplar is often very calm and not prone to anger. However, when threatened, they are very formidable fighters. Outside of their great strength, they have a cunning understanding of their surroundings. Since they are rarely outside of their swamp area, they make use of all of the "dirty tricks" when fighting in mude and water.
Their main form of attack would be to overwhelm the opponent and drag them into the water. In the swamp water, they can move very fast and use parts of their body to anchor against existing root structures. This allows them to be immovable and protects them against any form of fire damage.
If they are threatened with fire, they will try to flee via the water systems in the swamps. Once per day, they have the ability to merge with trees and transport from one tree to another.
Image Size: 11” wide x 14” tall
Original Pencil Drawing on Bristol Paper
Signed by Doug Hoppes (artist)
Provided with separate Bainbridge Clay Coated Archival Foam Board (1/8” thickness)