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The Bulbous Grendel was the original grendel in Creatures 2. It was ugly, slow, and dumb as rocks - in stark comparison with the norns, which were cute, nimble, and dumb as rocks. (see OHSS).
The Bulbous Grendels lived in the old volcano and stood virtually no chance of survival; to the left there was an airlock for the submarine, which the grendels could walk into and drown themselves, and to the right there was a long drop into the volcano, which was highly radioactive and slowly destroyed their bone marrow. If they got out of that, there was a 'swamp' that had many poisonous Deathcap Mushrooms.
When breeding norns in Creatures 2, the player rarely encounters grendels, as they tend to stay in the swamp and volcano. Contrary to their description, Bulbous Grendels do get reward for hitting another creature, but have no instinct to do so in the first place. They are also no more likely to carry disease than the player's norns are.
The original release of Creatures 2 had no sprites for female bulbous grendels (or ettins), but these were later included with Life Kit 1. Females are almost identical to males, but have yellow spines on their back, longer hair, and no visible teeth.
Modifications and Conversions
- Lis Morris created the Grendel Breeder's Kit, which gives grendels the ability to breed by modifying their genome and injecting the relevant scripts. This fix will also allow the grendel mother to lay both male and female eggs.
- NornenMeister made a winged version of the Bulbous Grendels, the Winged Bulbous Grendels, for C2.
- Pharoah also converted the breed for C3/DS, which comes with a new genome, but it is known for causing crashes. A fix for this was created by Norngirl.
- In 2022, CosmicSynthetics and Jesseth released a new conversion, C2 to DS Bulbous Grendels.