The Grudeks appear to be dirty humanoids with long, scraggly hair and blade-shaped piercings on their foreheads, possibly denoting rank. Evocative of Earth-based whalers or pirates, their goal is to board a Leviathan and harvest the toubray tissue, which is Leviathan neural tissue which gains taste with age. Many cultures consume toubray tissue to enhance higher brain function. The Grudeks can sell their harvest for large amounts.
The Grudek Leviathan hunters carry out their operations with military precision. Upon finding a Leviathan that can be harvested, they ram their ship into the creature's hull, knocking out most systems. They then toss in gas canisters to exterminate any survivors who may get in the way. Upon boarding, they split into teams to rig up the necessary equipment and search for the cavity containing the Leviathan's first neural cell and the richest, most prized toubray. If survivors are still present, the Grudeks frequently unleash Brindz hounds.
One group of Grudek hunters actually hired a Kalish organization to find a Leviathan travel route. The Kalish Sikozu, however, did even better than that, locating the legendary sacred Leviathan burial space in the Uncharted Territories. The Grudeks trade using Scarran currency, but it is still unknown whether they usually reside in Scarran space.
- (4.01 "Crichton Kicks")