Call of the Vigilant
Like the Brithan, stone lions are part savage mountain creature and part angry earth elemental. These small, gray mountain lions have fur as hard as rock, along with razor-sharp, crystal-edged claws and teeth that can tear armor as easily as flesh. Stealthy and patient hunters, they stalk mountain goats and other creatures, and are territorial enough to attack a full-grown troll who intrudes on their hunting grounds. Most stone lions are solitary, but hunters and travelers have occasionally reported seeing a mated pair. Crystal raiders sometimes hunt stone lions for their pelts, which can be made into strong and flexible hide armor. Stone lion flesh is tough and unpleasant to eat. Hunting a stone lion is often considered a Rite of Passage for a young crystal raider before he undergoes his Rite of Naming.