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Science-Fiction Adventure in the Far Future
Groats are grazers native to Fulacin (2613 Spinward Marches) and live mostly in large herds on upper mountain fields. Relatively innocuous as individuals, a groat herd is a dangerous encounter; groats find strength in numbers, attacking almost any perceived danger.
They are capable fighters, using teeth and hooves. Their three-toed feet give tham splendid footing in the mountains (although slowing them in the desert). Finally, they have a secret weapon; a small gland, concealed under the tail, can expel a noxious fluid to a distance of nearly 3m.
Somewhat like tear gas, it makes an enemy concentrate on getting away rather than attacking. Strangely, this fluid does not work on the snowcats of Fulacin. At irregular times, groats migrate from the mountain meadows to desert oases for mating and for the old ones to die. The males fight for control of the herd, & then the herd returns home.
Ref: ADV-3, 1106