||Giant rats are the most common creature encountered in caves, dungeons, and ruins, just after their smaller cousins, and many an adventurer’s first quest is to clean out a lair of these nasty creatures infesting the basement of some inn or shop for a few silvers. The following characteristics detail a giant rat averaging 0.5 m to 1 m (2 to 3 ft) in length, not counting a hairless pink tail as long as its body. The loss of its tail will not typically cause a Serious Wound, but will cause the rat to flee the area.
Many giant rats are carriers of disease, with a 5% chance each time their bite attack breaks the skin of transferring the disease to the victim. The specific effects of this disease, as well as the check of infection, are resolved after the combat is concluded. The types of diseases carried by giant rats can be many and varied.