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I'm not a Rock Lobster, but I do enjoy the B-52s!

A crawfish therianthrope (Greek for "beast-man") that can be encountered in ASCII Entertainment's 1991 Wizardry Gaiden I: Joou No Junan (Wizardry: Suffering of The Queen) Nintendo Gameboy roleplaying video game. Said title was one of the many Wizardry spinoff games published exclusively in Japan.

Note that it's possible that this creature's name might actually be "Wereclaw" instead of "Werecraw". The Japanese language doesn't have the English "l" sound, so they approximate it with "r"; as such, the katakana characters for "kurou" (which is pronounced similarly to the English word "crow") could be interpreted as either "craw" or "claw". That said, therianthropes are generally named for the kind of organism that they transform into, not a part of their anatomy (Werebats and Werecrows aren't referred to as Werewings for example.) Further, many therianthropes have claws, in some form or another, so Wereclaw is arguably a title that's too general in nature to correspond to a particular species ('Werepincer" would be more anatomically precise, although still not a perfect solution, assuming the existence of Werecrabs, Werelobsters, etc.) On a related note, "wer" or "were" is an archaic English term for "man", so a more literal name for this creature would be "Man Crawfish".

Japanese: Wa-kurou
Creeping Thing
Japanese: Yuka o Haizuru Mono
Japanese: Juujin


Creeping Thing
Experience Level:
Experience Points:
Hit Points:
6-42 (6d7)
Average: 24
Armor Class:
Number Appearing:
1-4 (1d4)
Average: 2.5
Physical Attacks:
  • 5-10 (1d6+4) damage.
    Average: 7.5
  • 5-10 (1d6+4) damage.
    Average: 7.5
  • 6-16 (2d6+4) damage.
    Average: 11

  • Maximum damage range: 16-36.
    Average: 26
    Special Properties:
  • Resistant to fire.
  • Vulnerable to sleep, silence, and confusion.
  • Encounters:
  • Sometimes friendly.
  • Can be found in B5.
  • Often accompanied by Gillmoa (70% chance.)

  • Materials:
    Newsprint, wire twist ties, white glue, sand, fishing line, and acrylic paint.

    4.0 cm/1.6 in. x 4.3 cm/1.7 in. (widest point x highest point)

    Four days; April 4-6 and 10, 2012.

    * I didn't make the crab and lobster figures pictured above, those are actual toys that I bought.

    For comparison purposes, below are some relevant screenshots from the Wizardry: Suffering of The Queen Gameboy video game (more information on mouse-over):

    The party encounters a single Werecraw in battle.

    The party encounters some 'Grotesque Objects' and 'Creeping Things' (unidentified Seekers x 3 and Werecraws x 2).


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    The repeating background graphic is the "Game Over" sprite (a sword plunged into a cairn of stones, marking your party's grave) from the Wizardry: Suffering of The Queen game.