||The Nandi are originally from the Kingdom of Ignorance. When
first born, a nandi is just another insensate monster. Its most
salient feature is its alarming ability to ingest the memories and
knowledge of anyone it eats. As it devours beings more intelligent
than itself, it gains their wisdom. It must eat the entire body of a
victim to gain such knowledge, which makes the animals rather
selfish. The great danger is that a nandi sometimes manages to kill
and eat an intelligent being, which makes the _nandi_ sentient, too.
It even gains the victim's spells! In essence, the nandi's INT,
skills, and spells are equal to the highest of anyone it's eaten.
The weak point of the nandi stems directly from its unnatural
power. Naturally enough, the most favored prey of a nandi is another,
older, nandi, since by devouring such, the beast can gain all the
knowledge which the older nandi had consumed in _its_ lifetime. And
if the eaten nandi had in turn devoured _another_ nandi, well ... The
most fearsome foe of a nandi is its own child. Naturally enough,
nandis prefer a solitary existence.
A nandi's mouth is not made for speaking, but of course any
nandi who has eaten a human can understand all the languages with
which its prey was familiar.
Nandis are large four-legged mammals with a shoulder hump and
a low-slung long-snouted head. They are large, with skulls a meter
long, and mouth split back to the eyes. Their fur is mangy, and hangs
in strips. The more knowledge and wisdom they attain, the more lumpy
and hairless their shoulder hump becomes. Eventually the lumps on the
shoulder hump become horns, thrusting every which way. Glorantha Digest