Sandblaster Beetles

Sandblaster beetles are insect-like creatures that inhabit the Sea of Glass. They stand about a foot tall and are two feet long with six chitinous legs. Their body is made up of a smooth, flexible carapace and they have a narrow probuscis, not unlike that of an anteater. At the rear of the sandblaster’s body is an ornate, cylindrical shell with two conic peaks on either end. The flexible carapace wraps itself around this shell, which is much sturdier than the rest of the creature’s body.

The sandblaster beetle feeds mostly on insects and small plants. It is an adept burrower, and often takes refuge in the sand of the desert, though in truth it does not seem particularly bothered by any amount of heat. This is most likely related to the unique defense mechanism from which the beetle takes its name: The beetle stores sand in the cylindrical shell, which magically heats the sand until it becomes molten glass. The beetle can then expel the molten glass through its probuscis at attackers. This and its violent temperament make the sandblaster beetle an incredibly dangerous creature, and although they are possible to domesticate it is something that is only done by the hardy nomads that live in the Sea of Glass.

Sandblaster Beetles

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