The Lost Seas
The jankx is a typical creature of the Athasian desert: common and a good source of food and fur, but also concealing real danger. A small golden-furred rodent who lives in burrows in the sand with dozens of others of its kind, jankxes are often hunted for their meat (roasted jankx on a spit is a favorite food in the stands of Athas’ gladiatorial arenas). An incautious hunter might find himself on the wrong end of the jankx’ poison spurs, which inject an agonizing venom.
Jankxes occasionally take a shine to an individual and allow themselves to be treated like pets. They show their love for their masters by scampering off into the desert and returning with cheek pouches stuffed with food and water.