Sand Creatures are a byproduct of the Sands of Time’s ability to transform living things with its power.
The Sands of Time
The first time wherein Sand Creatures are encountered, the Prince of Persia, a fledgling warrior and son of King Sharaman, was tricked into opening the Hourglass of Time by India’s Vizier in Azad. The Sands transformed everyone in its path into misshapen and hostile creatures that attacked living beings spared from the Sands’ powers on sight.
The Prince and Farah, a captured Princess of India, fought the hordes of the transformed subjects of Azad, which included his father, the King. Depending on the concentration of Sand within a certain area, the Prince and Farah fought an untold number of enemies at a single time, aided by the Dagger of Time --- a weapon used to recapture the Sands that worked in conjunction with the Hourglass of Time.
As creatures made of Sand they possessed no bodily fluids typically found in mammals or insects; when struck with the Prince’s sword, the Dagger or Farah’s arrows, a light would emit from their bodies. Sand Creatures appeared to possess no higher cognitive functions beyond retaining the ability to fight human victims or combatants such as the Prince.
Though Sand Creatures are vulnerable to natural elements like water, they step into the element without major damage or “death” occurring. The latter can be said of the Sands Creatures that later encountered on the Island of Time and in Babylon.
In a change, the Sands Creatures encountered on the Prince’s way to the Island of Time maintained sentience and personality. Enemies like the aforementioned Dahaka and Shahdee or Sand Raiders could taunt the Prince during combat and bleed out as though they were human. The Sand Creatures on the Island of Time are more aggressive and appear to be stronger than the Sand Creatures in Azad. However, there are some instances of beasts, such as the Brute, Thrall and Spike Beasts that are completely feral and rely on brute strength alone.
The Two ThronesUpon Empress of Time’s death, the Sands of Time (once erased from the timeline as a result of the Prince’s meddling) were once again created and released an unsuspected populace by the Vizier (who was spared his death at the hands of the Prince in the restored timeline) and transformed many of Babylon’s warriors and workers into monsters that turned against the Prince. The Vizier himself was transformed by the Sands into an immortal creature. Not unlike the Sand Creatures encountered on the Island of Time, the creatures in Babylon are highly aggressive and durable; their strength makes them harder to kill and thus the Prince must develop new tactics in which to defeat or dispatch them (silently or otherwise).
Particular Sand Creatures that guard Sand Gates that allow the Vizier to travel from one place to another in Babylon at a quicker time. They absorb Sand from the Gate by breathing in through the space wherein the jaw used to be as human men. Guards can summon more Sand Creatures by striking its sword into the center of the Gate, making them the most dangerous of the creatures when the Prince comes across a gate.
Because the Prince has been tainted by the Sands themselves, he can absorb and retrieve sand once an enemy is defeated or a Gate is deactivated. The absorption of the Sands strengthens his darker half, the Dark Prince.
Known Sand Creatures
Sands of Time
- Main article: Enemies in The Sands of Time
- Servant Sand Creature
- Axe Sand Creature
- Harem Sand Creatures
- Metal Chain Sand Creatures
- Red Sand Guards
- Blue Sand Guards
- Blue Sand Generals
- Sand Bats
- Sand Birds
- Sand Blacksmiths
- Sand Warrior
- Crow Master
- Imperial Guards
- Spike Beasts
The Two Thrones
- Dark Prince
- Hunter Hounds
- Sand Archers
- Sand Gate Guard
- Sand Guards
- Stone Golem
- Twin Warriors
- Vizier's Generals
- In The Sands of Time, anyone transformed by the Sands of Time cannot be killed., only captured with the Dagger of Time, an Artifact of Time. Enemies merely knocked down will merely reanimate.
- In Warrior Within, however, it is outright implied that the Sand Creatures faced on the Island of Time and Babylon are sentient. Whenever the Prince kills them, his attacks draw blood and gore is present whenever they are cut in half.
- In The Two Thrones, it is the same for Warrior Within but blood is replaced by sand.
- Tigers were originally included in Sands of Time, but were cut from the final game. Tigers can be seen in the cinematic where the Prince unlocks the Sands of Time, and Sand Tigers in the "Making Of" featurettes.