Ratlings are, like rats, omnivores who’ll eat just about anything. They prefer fresh meat if possible, but since they don’t hunt they only get it if they can steal it. They live in underground areas in and around habitations, or sometimes in ruins. Ratlings regard “large folk,” such as humans, as big, clumsy, stupid beings to be manipulated, tricked, and exploited. Stealth, sneakiness, and cunning, not brawn, are their forté.
Ratlings are one-foot tall rats with human-like hands and intelligence. They don’t wear clothes, but often have leather belts from which to hang weapons, tools, and the like.
The Companions met ratlings in the Forest of Darkness while in the Sunless Realms. At that time, they were working with some Carnivorous Trees.