The name of the creatures attacking ships and villages along the southern tip of the Kuan Ti coast have been positively identified. They are Oni.
Long known by the locals, but dismissed as legend by others, these violent creatures are like smaller, smarter ogres that can fly. They live in tribal groupings and attack in lightning-fast attacks, carrying away people, livestock and equipment.
Though these creatures are new to most, the citizens of Kuan Ti have had to deal with them for many years. “They come out of the sun,” Says Chi Lang. “Normally at dawn or dusk. They attack for plunder and then they just fly off.”
It is not entirely clear what happens to the victims. Tales have come back, however, from one young Taoist nun who claims to have escaped from the Oni.
“On the first day they split us up into groups. The men were all slaughtered and eaten. The rest of us were kept as slaves. They are bloody-minded beasts, but they are smart. They even forge their own steel.”
In order to combat this problem, several communities have banded together to put prices of 100Vb on each Oni head. It is hoped that this will keep them in check in much the same manner as the INSL culls the number of Sea Scags. With such potential for loot, it is sure to draw some members of the Adventurers Guild.