The gumric is a swamp dwelling turtle of abnormally large proportions. Its shell is usually about 15 meters (50 ft) in diameter and twenty feet in height. Often this shell is covered in a layer of soil, lichens and small plants. When hibernating, the gumric is often mistaken for a hill. The gumric is able to draw its legs and head entirely into its shell and seal the openings with heavily armored horny plates, enclosing itself completely in an armored shell, which greatly resembles rock.
The gumric is a peaceful creature and only fights when it has to. If attacked, it usually roars. All nearby creatures which can hear are usually deafened and temporarily stunned by a gumrics roar. The gumric, if outmatched, will withdraw into its shell and wait out its attacker. It is able to pass many weeks inside its armored carapace without eating.
The gumric inhabits the depths of large swamps and marshes. Only a handful of these peaceful giants are known to exist. Few creatures have even seen a gumric. However, the gumric does not seem to be bothered by other creatures. If ignored, it will ignore. Gumric normally care nothing for treasure. On occasion, however, a fine piece of weaponry may be found with its blade buried in the shell of a gumric.
Gumrics hibernate on a seven year cycle. Six years hibernating and one year active. All gumric have the exact same cycle and sages do not know what the timing mechanism or catalyst for this cycle is. When hibernating, the moss and soil covered shell of a gumric will probably be mistaken for a small hill. When not hibernating, the gumric feasts on the vegetation of the swamp with a ravenous appetite. High on its list of edibles are various water dwelling protoplasmic creatures similar to fresh water jellyfish which the gumric eats in great quantities. Gumric sometimes swim out into large lakes and oceans to feed on jellyfish.
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