In the same way the northern barbarians judge a man’s wealth by his cattle, so the Bedu value camels. As well as beasts of burden, camels are a vital source of milk and meat. While bandits and thieves are a nuisance, those who rely on camels for survival fear the voracious sandwalker more.
Sandwalkers are similar in form to giant crabs, though they have a curved beak and a scorpion’s tail. During the day they hide beneath the sand, for sandwalkers are a favorite prey of Duamutef, the desert hunter. At night, when the nomad’s god sleeps, they emerge from their burrows to hunt camels.