by Brad 'Simon' Smith
Although preliminary studies have revealed that Grumble Lizard is actually a misnomer, as the creatures are more closely related to dinosaurs, and are possibly even a supplanted species that the Migou have genetic records of, the name is still widely used. The exact reason the Migou decided to deploy such creatures is uncertain, but could be any number of factors.
The first sighting of a Grumble Lizard was perhaps the most infamous. A squadron of N.E.G. soldiers were on routine patrol when they spotted a Migou dropship launch into orbit, and shortly thereafter they heard a low ‘grumble’ noise, described as being ‘like a cat purring with a throat full of gravel’. Investigating, they came across a large reptilian creature which immediately sprang at them. A lone survivor of the attack was capable of reaching reinforcements, and spoke of the creature’s tenacity.
Further investigations by N.E.G. soldiers allowed them to track down the beast to a nesting site. Several discarded shells of eggs were scattered about, leading authorities to believe that there are more of these creatures roaming about. A single juvenile was captured for study, and tests revealed that the creatures most resemble a possible relation to Megalosaurus, a dinosaur from the Middle Jurassic period, 150 to 180 million years ago.
Due to unfamiliarity with humans and human weaponry, the Grumble Lizards seem to have no fear, and attack without provocation. Small arms fire appears to have little effect, and thus far, only large caliber rounds and explosives seem to work consistently.
The adults are believed to stand 4 meters (13 feet) in height, be 14 meters (46 feet) in length, and weigh around 6 tonnes (12,000 pounds).
Grumble Lizards have been seen eating livestock that remain in proximity to the abandoned farmsteads in the Midwest United States. There have been no reported sightings west of the Rocky Mountains.