|Bullywugs of the Hool Marshes, as depicted in Living Greyhawk Journal #1 (2000). Art by Luis Vasquez.|
|Alignment||Usually chaotic evil|
|First appearance||Fiend Folio (1st Edition)|
Bullywugs are a violent race of frog-like humanoids. Their lives are nasty, brutish, and wet.
Bullywugs tend to disrupt ecosystems, being too dim to care for their environments responsibly. They will fish and hunt an area until it is depleted and move on to the next hunting ground. They normally hate humans and will attack them on sight, though most live far from human communities. They hate their larger kin, the so-called advanced bullywugs, passionately and will make war on them whenever they can. They call themselves "the good folk" and call their enemies "the bad folk."
The adventure module Needle by Frank Mentzer claims that bullywugs and grippli were once one people before they were torn asunder by civil war.
Bullywugs dwell in tropical, subtropical, and temperate swamps. In the World of Greyhawk campaign setting, bullywugs are known to exist in the Hool Marshes, the Mistmarsh, the Vast Swamp, and the Amedio Jungle. After being driven from other lands, some have settled in the forbidden city of Xuxulieto.
Bullywugs dwell in the open, and their territorial boundaries are loose. They fear dry heat and areas with little standing water. They are well-adapted for climbing trees.
Typical physical characteristics
Bullywugs are described as humanoids with the head of frogs. They are usually shorter than a human, with leathery olive-green, gray, or yellow skin and webbed digits. They have chameleon-like camouflage abilities. Their tongues are as long, proportionately, as those of frogs. They stand 4 to 7 feet in height, and weigh anywhere between 100 and 300 pounds. They are very good jumpers, and can jump roughly 30 feet forward and 15 feet vertically.
Bullywugs must keep their skin moist, wetting their hides three times a day or becoming weak from dehydration.
Bullywugs are usually chaotic evil.
Bullywugs live in primitive groups, hunting and fishing together. The hierarchy is based on strength, with the strongest being the leaders. The head of the tribe is known as the Father, who is typically served by a number of sub-chiefs and shamans. Women and children are considered to be the lowest, no matter what. Bullywugs are very territorial, and mostly will attack anyone who trespasses. Oddly enough, they tend not to fight within the tribe, but rival bullywug tribes will fight with each other. Only when their leaders become too weak to lead will they battle among their tribe for supremacy.
Bullywugs are known to revere a god named Ramenos, but this deity seems to be more concerned with sleeping than with the welfare of his race. A number of bullywug tribes have forsaken the worship of Ramenos for Wastri. The demon prince Dagon is occasionally the patron of bullywugs as well.
The bullywugs of Xuxulieto worship a pan lung dragon that they raised from an egg.
Bullywugs have their own language and the Batrachian common tongue. The more intelligent ones are able to croak out a stunted form of human Common with their long tongues.
More than three thousand years ago, a race similar to, but larger than, modern bullywugs lived in the Amedio Jungle, sharing the area with a race of demon-worshipping troglodytes.
Advanced bullywugs are larger and more intelligent than others of their race. They represent a minority of bullywugs, making their homes in abandoned buildings, mud huts, and caves rather than dwelling in the open. While still chaotic evil, they are better equipped and organized than their less advanced kin, and send out organized parties to defend more clearly defined territories. They are also more aggressive than common bullywugs, fighting other races of monsters as well as rival bullywug tribes.
Reports of advanced bullywugs may actually refer to the bullywug savants, neutral evil mutants born from the same egg-clutches as the more common sort. Their bodies produce a poisonous secretion which prevents victims from thrashing about under torture, and may actually act as an antidote for several other types of animal and vegetable poisons. They are thought to somehow be the result of tampering by the ancient aboleth empire that predated the rise of humanity. See Living Greyhawk Journal #2, page 23.
Bullywugs in other media
Bullywugs were often featured as an antagonist to the main characters in the Dungeons & Dragons animated series.
The bullywug was created by Gary Gygax and Luke Gygax.
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