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Ygramul the many by splurch2006

Ygramul, or "The Many" (Ygramul, die Viele in German), is a monster that lives in the land of Dead Mountains and a character in the fantasy novel The Never-Ending Story.

Ygramul is portrayed as a shapeshifter, who often takes the form of a large spider and builds webs to catch its prey. The creature is actually composed of many little hornet-like insects who share a single hive mind, working in a singular mass to subdue prey.

Ygramul's poison is deadly and kills within one hour, but grants the victim the ability to teleport to any location within the land of Fantastica before succumbing to its effects. In the book, this poison is the means by which Atreyu travels to the home of Engywook and Urgl, near the Southern Oracle.

At this point in the story, Falkor the luckdragon is introduced; he is caught in Ygramul's web, and also uses the power of Ygramul's poison to follow Atreyu. The lingering effects of the poison are nursed out of the two by Urgl, while Engywook, a scholar of the Southern Oracle, instructs Atreyu on the challenges he is to encounter within the Oracle's demesne.

In The Neverending Story cartoon series, Ygramul is depicted as an actual giant spider, rather than as the swarm she is in the book. In "To Save Falkor," Bastian encountered Ygramul in the Dead Mountains while looking for a cure for Falkor's illness.