|Universe||Dungeons & Dragons|
|Descendant(s)||Axiomatic Bulette, Bulette-mutation, Gareshona, Karrnathi Bulette|
Bulettes, also known as Landsharks, are terrifying and particularly loathsome predators known to inhabit several areas, including the Starwood in the forest of Cormanthor.
Because of their extremely dangerous nature, they are feared and hated by most living sapients.
Feared and hated by most living creatures, bulettes are extremely dangerous, burrowing unseen beneath the soil before erupting up at an unexpected moment to seize their prey.
Bulette are heavily armored, with a shark-like, bullet-shaped head adorned with a massive mouth filled with multiple rows of razor-sharp teeth. Around the head and rear, this armor is a blue-brown color, while in-between the hue might range from gray-blue to blue-green. Areas around the eyes are slightly darkened, with the eyes themselves being a yellow color with blue-green pupils.
However, while bulettes can see in perfect darkness with these eyes they are not a bulette's primary method of sensory perception.
Gluttonous creatures, they will attack and feed on nearly anything they regard as edible, choosing the easiest or closest prey first. Strangely they have a distaste for Dwarven flesh and they completely refuse to consume Elves for any reason, dead or alive. They do however have a preference for both horse and Halfling flesh.
Their name stems from a dorsal ridge, which continues to jut above the surface when they burrow - referred to as swimming - through Cormanthor's soft earth, aided by an earth-dissolving slime coating their plates. Although they cannot see while underground, they can sense tremors in a manner similar to Graboids or various breeds of Sandworms. They will then pursue their prey while still burrowed, erupting from the ground crest first when they have closed quarters to begin their attack. In many cases a bulette will swallow its prey whole, consuming their victims clothing, weapons, and other equipment along with the creature itself, which the bulette can in fact digest successfully through the use of powerful stomach acid.
A bulette's body is covered head-to-toe in thick, layered plates that act as armor.
Should a bulette be cornered or wounded, they can leap into the air in order to strike with all four feat instead of the two two that they normally favor. It also cannot bite during this time.
The male bulette's mating ritual is fairly complicated, involving the killing of deer and boars, these being placed in a wide circle. He then digs a shallow pit in the middle of the circle, and lines it with the bones of the animals he has killed. Over the course of about a week, the bulette slowly grinds the bones in the pit into a fine powder. He then digs underneath the pit and waits for the female.
The female usually comes along within a month after being attracted by the odor, at which point the bulettes mate. It takes only a day and a half for the female to lay around a dozen eggs, covered in spines, and by the next morning, they have hatched. During hatching, the female bulette makes a noise like an elephant. Once hatched, the newborn bulettes immediately attack the mother, in an attempt to kill her. She fights back, and although she usually kills a few of the young, she succumbs to their attacks more often than not.
For the 48 hours immediately after the hatching of the eggs, the powder in the mating pit is saturated with fluid from the eggs, making it into a very effective fertilizer.
Although their true origins are unknown, a rumor has spread that they are some bizarre cross between an armadillo and a snapping turtle, though there is little evidence to support this theory.