The eremite is a giant burrowing predator, known primarily
for its stealth and ferocity. Among the largest of animals
on the planet, typical attacks begin suddenly, with
the creature bursting from the ground. In many circumstances,
the attack comes with little warning, only occasionally
featuring a minor tremor to serve as warning. Eremites
move and attack extremely quickly, and will generally
submerge themselves below ground again once attacking
their prey is no longer possible. They will also, once
submerged, give chase to their prey as well, rising
from the ground again when they come within range of
their prey. As with other eremites, avoid confrontation
except at the very highest levels, and, if you are exploring
in an area known to be inhabited with these beasts,
proceed with extreme caution.
On an interesting note, it appears that eremites are
native animals to Rubi-Ka, as opposed to creations of
the Omni-Tek Corporation, and may serve as "gods"
in some ancient native religion. Evidence for this rests
in a strange altar-like area in the Deep Artery Valley.
In this area, forest eremites are known to reside. The
location in question (click here for more on the Altars)
contains a statue of an eremite, and this is clearly
seen at the center of a monolith structure, similar
to ancient Stonehenge of Earth.
This information also covers the two stronger genera,
the cenobites and the anchorites, which are even rarer
than their eremite brethren. The fact that multiple
genera are known strengthens the case of this being
a native group of organisms.