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Hourang
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Desert)
Pariah's comment on 2008-10-19 07:35 PM
Wow Maggot... Go to Comment
Weapons to be Wary of
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Cursed)
Pariah's comment on 2008-07-27 08:35 PM
I actually'd have to say that I'm a big fan of the Rot weapons, closely followed by the Goretooth... Go to Comment
The Bag of Maggots
Items  (Other)   (Villanous)
Pariah's comment on 2008-04-27 06:22 PM
Dujek wants one, a lot, and badly at that.... *maniacal laughter* Go to Comment
The Game
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Game Mastering)
Pariah's comment on 2008-04-14 02:57 PM
I was doing so good. I'd gone for at least 10 months now without thinking of the game.... grrrrr... ;p Good Show, bro. Go to Comment
Footpaws
Items  (Clothes)   (Non-Magical)
Pariah's comment on 2008-03-20 09:45 PM
Most of me says yes... Go to Comment
Nature's Toll - Weathering and Decay
Articles  (Resource)   (Gaming - In General)
Pariah's comment on 2007-03-18 01:25 PM
Human Body
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The time taken for a body to decompose depends on climatic conditions, like temperature and moisture, as well as the accessibility to insects. In summer, a human body in an exposed location can be reduced to bones alone in just nine days.

Day 1 - State of decay

Although the body shortly after death appears fresh from the outside, the bacteria that before death were feeding on the contents of the intestine begin to digest the intestine itself. They eventually break out of the intestine and start digesting the surrounding internal organs. The body's own digestive enzymes (normally in the intestine) also spread through the body, contributing to its decomposition.

On an even smaller scale, enzymes inside individual cells are released when the cell dies. These enzymes break down the cell and its connections with other cells.
Insect activity

From the moment of death flies are attracted to bodies. Without the normal defences of a living animal, blowflies and house flies are able to lay eggs around wounds and natural body openings (mouth, nose, eyes, anus, genitalia). These eggs hatch and move into the body, often within 24 hours. The life cycle of a fly from egg to maggot to fly takes from two to three weeks. It can take considerably longer at low temperatures.
Day 7 (1 Week) - Stage 3: Putrefaction - 4 to 10 days after death

State of decay

Bacteria break down tissues and cells, releasing fluids into body cavities. They often respire in the absence of oxygen (anaerobically) and produce various gases including hydrogen sulphide, methane, cadaverine and putrescine as by-products. People might find these gases foul smelling, but they are very attractive to a variety of insects.

The build up of gas resulting from the intense activity of the multiplying bacteria, creates pressure within the body. This pressure inflates the body and forces fluids out of cells and blood vessels and into the body cavity.
Insect activity

The young maggots move throughout the body, spreading bacteria, secreting digestive enzymes and tearing tissues with their mouth hooks. They move as a maggot mass benefiting from communal heat and shared digestive secretions.

The rate of decay increases, and the smells and body fluids that begin to eminate from the body attract more blowflies, flesh flies, beetles and mites. The later-arriving flies and beetles are predators, feeding on maggots as well as the decaying flesh. They are joined by parasitoid wasps that lay their eggs inside maggots and later, inside pupae.

Day 14 (1 Fortnight) - Stage 4: Black putrefaction - 10 to 20 days after death
State of decay

The bloated body eventually collapses, leaving a flattened body whose flesh has a creamy consistency. The exposed parts of the body are black in colour and there is a very strong smell of decay.

A large volume of body fluids drain from the body at this stage and seep into the surrounding soil. Other insects and mites feed on this material.

The insects consume the bulk of the flesh and the body temperature increases with their activity. Bacterial decay is still very important, and bacteria will eventually consume the body if insects are excluded.
Insect activity

By this stage, several generations of maggots are present on the body and some have become fully grown. They migrate from the body and bury themselves in the soil where they become pupae. Predatory maggots are much more abundant at this stage, and the pioneer flies cease to be attracted to the corpse. Predatory beetles lay their eggs in the corpse and their larvae then hatch out and feed on the decaying flesh. Parasitoid wasps are much more common, laying their eggs inside maggots and pupae.

Day 30 (1 Month) - Stage 5: Butyric fermentation - 20 to 50 days after death

State of decay

All the remaining flesh is removed over this period and the body dries out. It has a cheesy smell, caused by butyric acid, and this smell attracts a new suite of corpse organisms.

The surface of the body that is in contact with the ground becomes covered with mould as the body ferments.
Insect activity

The reduction in soft food makes the body less palatable to the mouth-hooks of maggots, and more suitable for the chewing mouthparts of beetles. Beetles feed on the skin and ligaments. Many of these beetles are larvae. They hatch from eggs, laid by adults, which fed on the body in earlier stages of decay.

The cheese fly consumes any remaining moist flesh at this stage, even though it is uncommon earlier in decay.

Predators and parasitoids are still present at this stage including numerous wasps and beetle larvae.
1 Year -
1 Decade - Go to Comment
Nature's Toll - Weathering and Decay
Articles  (Resource)   (Gaming - In General)
Pariah's comment on 2008-06-26 02:06 PM
I tend to agree with Val on this, and have been neglengent in my duties toward this submission. Unfortunatly, my current class load is a bit prohibative towards my actively maintaining or researching for posts. Go to Comment
Unexpected Weapons
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Combat)
Pariah's comment on 2008-02-28 07:35 PM
One slight problem here, dead rats tend to stink, a lot... Other than that, pretty much sexy good. Go to Comment
Warprender and Weftcleaver
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Combat)
Pariah's comment on 2008-01-04 10:08 PM
I like these jokers, pretty and deadly. Go to Comment
Shadows of Mercy
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Magical)
Pariah's comment on 2008-10-30 06:42 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
The Dark Man
NPCs  (Major)   (Criminal/Espionage)
Pariah's comment on 2007-12-31 11:14 PM
Ahh, Flagg, how do we miss thee. The tortures you comitted were teh finest, the second-rate villains the weirdest. Good post Moon. Go to Comment
MoonHunter's Top Tips for 2007
Articles  (Rules and Advice)   (Gaming - In General)
Pariah's comment on 2007-12-31 11:22 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
Karviseral the Pain Lord
NPCs  (Mythic/ Historical)   (Combative)
Pariah's comment on 2008-01-02 06:45 PM
School of Parasitism
Systems  (Mystical)   (General)
Pariah's comment on 2010-04-01 05:46 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
The Black Man
Plots  (Coincidence)   (Side-Quest)
Pariah's comment on 2007-11-07 08:17 PM
Interesting. I like the last idea the most, just for the weirdness of it. Good job. Go to Comment
30 ZOMBIE FREAKS!
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (City/ Ruin)
Pariah's comment on 2008-09-15 12:03 AM
Only voted Go to Comment
The Parasiticon
Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Villanous)
Pariah's comment on 2010-04-01 05:45 PM
Wow, disgustingly beautiful. Go to Comment
Dust Invisible
Items  (Other)   (Magical)
Pariah's comment on 2007-09-17 08:27 PM
Much better than the original item that you showed me, good job Man. Go to Comment
Relics of the Artificers
Items  (Other)   (Non-Magical)
Pariah's comment on 2007-07-03 09:39 PM
I'm gonna second the MtG artifacts idea. Good job Scras. Go to Comment
The Tone Deaf Sword
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Magical)
Pariah's comment on 2007-07-03 09:31 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
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