It stood motionless and silent as the four warriors watched. Then, a small proboscis emerged from near the tip of the creature. It waved in the air as if smelling; then from it a tapered antennae emerged and from that a small bulb budded into a rounded eye, its iris opening and closing as it looked from man to torch, from woman to sword.
Equally silently, another proboscis snaked from the other end of the beast. It, too, ended in an eye, which surveyed the scene before it, seemingly settling on the blades of the four swords pointed at it.