I had a sudden thought about the dog-ape and ape-dog. Perhaps these were the first (or among the first) of Marr's experiments in marrangha. And he either gave them to Balthus before their relationship soured, be it as a serious gift, a joke novelty, or a veiled indication of his owers, or Balthus somehow appropriated them in one of their skirmishes.
You've got a point. They are, to give them credit though, at least alert, which can't be said of Zagor's guards. And, if you think of creatures like this wind spirit, the ganjees and that leprechaun, Dire obviously has trouble with the discipline of his troops - he might not have much of a choice in his door guards...
Fair point! I hadn't realised the Citadel of Chaos was so called because of the general lack of order among its staff. Actually, the whole tower seems to be a free-for-all, with whole rooms inhabited by random creatures. In the early days of gamebooks, the dungeon crawl model still reigned.
Adding to the silliness of ape-dog and dog-ape, some translation nonsense: In the German translation, while the small one was called ape-dog, the big one was called a wolf-gorilla, kinda defeating the point of them being made from the same animal.