Best Laid Schemes
Armadillo with a Gem in it's head
A stone-skinned fey beast, the carbuncle’s entire body seems composed of smooth, interlocked plates of rock. This thick, earthen covering gives carbuncles a fair resistance to most damage, as well as a ponderous, slow gait.
Aside from their stony skin, the true physical oddity of a carbuncle is the polished crimson gem embedded within their forehead. This valuable stone is sought after by treasure hunters to sell and by arcanists to tap into its supposed magical qualities…
Despite the carbuncle’s thick form, which seems suited for combat, the beast rarely seeks out confrontation. Instead it acts as friendly as a domesticated dog. It nuzzles outstretched hands, sidles up to people, and exhibits a playful nature, generally.