Rightly feared by desert dwellers and the bane of weary travelers, scorpions are eight-legged arachnids with a hard outer shell and a long, flexible tail containing a venomous stinger.

These predatory creatures typically lie in ambush for their prey, striking from concealment and trapping its prey using a pair of powerful, crab-like pincers. Once immobilized, a victim is stung repeatedly until they are incapacitated by the powerful venom. Eventually, the scorpion dissolves its meal with a spray of powerful acid and slurps up the remains.

Even when not hunting, scorpions are typically highly aggressive, and will not hesitate to attack much larger opponents if they feel they are threatened. Some desert traders even tell stories in the caravanserai of massive specimens large enough to prey upon unwary camels—or people.