Everyone hates this monster, and for good reason. It’s gross! And weird. And, well, you know how people talk about wanting to burn down their house when they see a big spider?
So yeah, now here’s a picture of a pok, complete with face tentacles, eight spindly legs, and a scorpion tail.
Their features include: face tentacles, six spider-like legs, two pincers, and a scorpion tail. There are as big as SUVs or giant pick-up trucks. Poks live in groups, typically, but they will go off and hunt on their own. They have a hard exoskeleton, so they’re hard to kill with a blade, though they don’t like being shot in the face with arrows. Their face tentacles are squishy too, so you can lop those off, and if you have a powerful enough swing, you can chop through their legs. They’re fast though, so be prepared to run.
Poks are pretty single-minded, with their main objective being acquiring food. The things never stop eating. If there is enough food in an area, more than one of them might live in the same place, but when food gets scarce, they tend to head off on their own. Their shell is pretty much impenetrable, and their scorpion tail filled with venom.
Fun fact: the easiest way to kill one of these is to cut off all six legs. The problem is that they are really fast, and only need three of their main legs to move, so it’s really difficult to get close enough to chop off a leg six times without dying yourself.
Another fun fact: Askari (the main character in Tentacles and Teeth)’s mother was killed by a pok when Askari was five.
This monster is interesting to me, because it’s just a random collection of things people find gross: spiders, scorpions, crabs—so people have pretty strong reactions to it. They might say, “gross!” or “keep that thing away from me!” But I have noticed that it tends to be a favorite monsters among 9-year-old boys.
As you can see, there are fun times ahead for Askari and the gang.