Courtyard > Enemies > Frogbeasts
Location(s): Pagan territories
Known Weaknesses: sword, blackjack, arrows, mines, gas
Do not be fooled by the size of a Frogbeast - these small creatures can easily kill a man. These creatures were first seen in the mansion of Constantine after the Trickster revealed himself. They have since been spotted in other Pagan territories, guarding certain areas.
A Frogbeast is called such because it resembles a large frog, and hops about much as a frog would as well. There the resemblances end, however. Frogbeasts communicate with one another by emitting a loud chirping noise. This noise can quickly alert others in the area to the presence of an intruder. The far more dangerous ability of the Frogbeast, however, is its attack mechanism - exploding.
When one of these creatures detects an intruder, their reaction is to quickly approach the intended target and then explode violently, damaging any in the area (even allies). This ability is apparently due to a reactionary buildup of gases within the animal's body that is then ignited somehow. The study of Frogbeasts has unfortunately been impossible. Despite having access to a nearly limitless supply of the creatures, our Pagan allies have refused to release any into our custody. Of course, we've tried less... diplomatic... methods of acquiring the creatures but it would seem they can sense whether or not one is an ally.
In fact, the only one of our number who has ever been able to study the creatures is Garrett himself. During the Metal Age, Garrett formed an... alliance... with Viktoria and the Pagans. Among the resources they provided for him were Frogbeast eggs - large, irregularly-shaped pods which hatched to reveal a single Frogbeast each. Garrett found that these eggs could be thrown into an area and the resulting Frogbeasts would protect him as well as attack any immediate threats.
Unfortunately, even his access to the eggs was denied following the death of Viktoria. We now possess only the husks of hatched eggs - husks we were able to recover by following in the wake Garrett during the Metal Age. Unfortunately, the empty shells tell us very little. Perhaps, as time goes on and our alliances with the Pagans strengthen, this and other subjects will eventually be broached and our questions can finally be answered.
Frogbeasts are not very strong. Their natural defense is to explode, rendering them highly susceptible to arrows, mines, or the sword. Of course, it is preferable to attack them from a distance, as the explosion causes damage to any in the vicinity. A single well-placed arrow should be most adequate.
Frogbeasts have not been seen since the Metal Age and were easily dispatched when found. Because of this, their current threat assessment is low.