Bullywugs are froglike humanoid creatures.
Bullywugs are described as humanoids with the head of frogs. They are usually shorter than a human, with leathery skin and webbed digits. They are very good jumpers, and can jump roughly 30 feet forward and 15 feet vertically. Bullywugs speak their own language of croaks, staccato notes, and clicks, called Bullywi, and the intelligent ones pick up Aquan, Sylvan, or Infernal. The average bullywug is smaller than a human, about the size of a halfling. A bullywug can survive on land and in water; it is one of the water-breathing species and is amphibious. A bullywug must immerse itself in water once per day or suffer dehydration.
Bullywugs live in primitive groups, hunting and fishing together. The hierarchy is based on strength, with the strongest being the leaders. Bullywugs are very territorial, and mostly will attack anyone who trespasses. Oddly enough, they tend not to fight within the tribe, but rival bullywug tribes will fight with each other. Bullywugs rarely work alongside other creatures since they would rather use them for food or sacrifice. However, occasionally during hard times small groups of bullywugs will latch onto a powerful ally that can help them bring down tougher game.
Bullywugs live in semi-organized communities that are often slightly mobile. They respect no one but those stronger than they are. Bullywug colonies disrupt the natural environment of any land. They will eat off the land until their immense gullets are filled and then they move on.
Bullywugs are known to revere a god named Ramenos, but this deity seems to be more concerned with sleeping than with the welfare of his race. Ancient, crumbling statues of Ramenos can be found in the deepest jungles, great monuments near ruined temples that hint at what was once a mighty deity in some long forgotten time. The great old temples also indicate a time when Bullywugs were less primitive and more organized, capable of building huge monuments of stone.
A particular point of interest involving the species was discovered by Brother Twick of Verdusk, a halfling cleric of Chauntea. It seems that bullywugs are irresistibly drawn to ale and either die or lapse into a coma when they drink it (depending on the amount consumed). Bullywug attacks have become increasingly rare in the lands surrounding the marshes where bullywugs live since those settlements have started keeping a keg of ale ready simply in preparation for attacks from the creatures.
Bullywugs revered a creature known as froghemoths. If a bullywug tribe came across one, they would attempt to lure it to their den, paying tribute in the form of food and protection. The froghemoth would kill and eat a number of bullywugs before they could successfully communicate their intentions. They would also protect and raise any eggs the froghemoths hatched, which was good, as froghemoths tended to eat their eggs in the wild.
A grouping of four bullywugs was known as a "pod". A pair of pods was called a "float", and between two and six floats made up a "pond" of bullywugs.
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- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Wizards RPG Team (2014). Monster Manual 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 35. ISBN 978-0786965614.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Rob Heinsoo, Stephen Schubert (May 19, 2009). Monster Manual 2 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 28–29. ISBN 0786995101.
- ↑ 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 James Wyatt and Rob Heinsoo (February 2001). Monster Compendium: Monsters of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 25. ISBN 0-7869-1832-2.
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- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Wizards RPG Team (2016). Volo's Guide to Monsters. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 145. ISBN 978-0786966011.