On Processing Corrosive Beasts

Breaking down corrosive carcasses can be challenging. The first step is to determine where the corrosivity comes from. If it originates from secretions such as a coating of acidic slime the carcass can be washed in suitable solvents before use. If it is too large or unwieldy to wash it whole the hide can be removed first, but this requires protective equipment such as gloves and a blade immune to the secretions.

The same will apply if the hide itself or inner tissues are corrosive. Acidic blood, alkaline ichor or corruptive arcane-infused flesh are common. If the internal tissues contain the substance the hide can often be removed conventionally as long the membranes separating the skin and muscle are kept intact and the hide peeled rather than cut from the flesh.

Blood, ichor or other fluids can be drained by suspending the carcass and slitting all major fluid vessels in the lower portion. Small carcasses can be affixed to sturdy chains and whirled vigorously for several minutes (make sure the area is clear of anything that can be damaged, including fellow hunters!)

Spitting organs, breath weapon sacs or toxin glands can often be removed intact. Clean the skin around their exits first and be willing to sacrifice the meat surrounding them to extract the organ intact. Those in the throat may require approaching from below or even via the top of the ribcage, while those near the tail often can be removed alongside the intestinal viscera.

Resistant blade materials are often a necessity. The material for them depends on what makes the creature corrosive. Coating a steel blade in resistant metal rarely works as the blade steel becomes exposed along the cutting edge whenever it is sharpened. Solid blades are equally difficult as resistant metals are oft too soft to hold an edge. Glass, ceramic or stone blades are more generally useful. The bones, teeth, spikes or claws of a creature often resist its own corrosive compounds and can be fashioned into tools to break subsequent carcasses down. As these tools are normally duller than steel it is best to use them only for the corrosive parts of the carcass and one’s preferred tools for the rest.

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1 Comment

  1. pinkgothic

    This is interesting. If I had any sort of high fantasy setting (which I deliberately don’t :D) I’d probably want to bake this into something now. Sigh; sometimes I regret my choices. Not often! Just sometimes.

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