|Binomen||Given name, likely Genus Aurumvorax|
|Average weight||>500 lbs|
|Habitat||Open or lightly-forested areas|
|Related species||May be related to badgers or wolverines|
|Behind the Scenes|
|Universe||Dungeons & Dragons|
|Created by||Gary Gygax|
Aurumvoraxes, also known as Golden Gorgers, are gluttonous, eight-legged mustelids. They are said to be as tenacious as a badger, as slinky as a ferret, and as ravenous as a wolverine.
Monster Manual descriptions
The aurumvorax, or golden gorger, is mean, vicious, and always hungry. It dwells in open or lightly-forested areas. Despite its small, badger-like size (1½ feet tall, 3 feet long) and shape, it weighs over 500 pounds, as its flesh is very dense. When attacking, it scuttles forth from its burrow, locks its teeth into the victim, and brings 2-8 of its clawed legs into play. Once it bites successfully for 2-8 points, the aurumvorax holds on. On each succeeding round it automatically inflicts 8 points of biting damage, and it has 2-8 additional clawing attacks which inflict 1-6 points of damage when they hit. Dexterity of the opponents is negated for computation of armor class in this case. Only death will unlock its jaws. The attack from a concealed den enables the monster to surprise 50% of the time.
Due to its very dense and heavy hide and bones, the aurumvorax takes only half damage from blunt weapons. It is immune to damage from small, normal fires; large, magical fires cause only half normal damage. Poisons and gases do not harm the monster at all. Prey dragged into the lair might have had treasure, and typical items could be mixed with bones and other remains therein.
The aurumvorax has a golden coat, often as shining and bright as real gold. Its 8 legs are tipped with copper-colored claws. The creature has coppery teeth as well. Its whiskers and mane guard hairs are a tawny bronze color, and its eyes are silvery with golden pupils.