a six legged, insectoid like creature the size of a horse. its two back legs are shorter and designed for scuttling while the front two a longer and have serrated chitin blades, made for impaling and cutting prey while also being useful for climbing. their exoskeleton is covered in spikes, protecting them from attack and preventing other creatures from making them dinner. their mandibles secrete a venom that paralyzes flesh and is large enough to bite the abdomen out of a dwarf. their most distinguishing feature, however, is their eyes of which they possess four of, each in their own deep socket and glowing white. any person who gazes into their eyes feels a deep hunger fill them, as if they were starving. a glance may make you feel undernourished while extended eyesight brings forth crippling hunger pains. this combined with the fact that they prey primarily on livestock means that they terrorize villages and other settlements by starving them out. wherever the go, famine follows.
whenever they're not hunting or mating, they are typically in a deep hibernation, sleeping for months at a time. this allows such a large creature to last many years in famine stricken areas where food is more scarce. this also means they can survive in a variety of environments, with some adapting to extreme climates like deserts and frozen tundras. there is a pattern to hunger attacks which lets settlements prepare. when a hunger is full (which only takes a few hunts at most), they hibernate for at least six months. hungers are usually lone creatures, but sometime travel in pairs during mating season. hungers are also territorial and don't like traveling very far for their food and tend to stay in one place for the majority of their lives, although roaming hungers are not unheard of. an out of season hunger attack may be the result of a territorial dispute with another hunger or when their food source becomes unsatisfactory.