About The TrundleEdit
The Trundle...The Forest can conjure up strangely peaceful entities at times, and the Trundle is one such monster. A large lump of Rot, the Trundle is harmless to most living things, though its large and intimidating appearance may indicate otherwise.
The compound eyes of a Trundle are as tough as its leathery skin, and a thick layer of membrane protects it from most wear and tear. Trundles feed primarily on small insects, decaying corpses, and patches of slime mold, which grows abundant in the Forest during wet seasons. Using its specialized group of hollow roving feeding tentacles, the Trundle can easily pick apart rotting flesh, slime, and anything that it finds palatable. Thankfully, this doesn’t include living flesh. As far as I know.
Generally passive, it should still be noted that the Trundle sports two massive scythe-like front claws comprised entirely out of hardened chitin, primarily for digging through soil to get at hidden insects and subsurface molds. As a rule, avoid standing in front of the beast; it doesn’t care what it steps on to reach its next meal, and its chitinous digging feet are sharp.
Its ‘meat’ is as putrid as it comes in the Forest and is pure fungus-based Rot, though non-toxic. Trundle meat, as a result, is often used in pranks by those who can get samples. Certain fillies should be barred from purchasing this material at all costs. Through some as-of-yet-unidentified method, it converts nearly all matter it intakes into simply more of itself.
The rest of the food it eats is converted into Trundle spores, which it will spread while feeding. These spores are safe to inhale, relatively speaking; you’ll only get congested for a bit. And you’ll sneeze...A lot. There will be snot everywhere.
Young Trundles are fungiforms and can be identified by their orange caps, which have a distinct resemblance to an adult Trundle’s compound eyes – during growth, these caps will split into multiple compound eyes and the chitinous stem will split into the different legs, and the mushroom will become ambulatory. Thus, the cycle of the peaceful slime-eating beast continues, under ideal circumstances. Most of the time the soft caps of the Trundle’s young are eaten by other Forest fungivores. And us. They go great on pizza!
This concludes my basic field report of the Trundle. It’s taken a lot of blood, sweat, and snot, but that’s just the way the cookie crumbles. Information like this could save lives and enhance pizza everywhere.