It should be included in the Unique Lifeform listing.
I liked it a great deal. Admittedly, I prefer the "National Geographic"/ "Documentry" style of post. However this is something to make a fantasy ecology "come alive". These things are not a threat to adventurers (unless they are really stupid), or humans (again, see stupid), but are an important ecology part.
Although, I could see a master villian tying an adventurer to a long table and lowering a ramp that has a Grex slug slithering down it.
"Do you expect me to talk Scarabomontus?"
"No Sir Lorning, I expect you to die."
(ah, I love that line....)Go to Comment
I think it use a little clarification since it says that it can kill animals via a fast acting neurotoxin, but is not horribly dangerous to humans or larger creatures. Rather than a it touch you die effect, it might be a serious threat to children and the elderly or the infirm, while a healthy human, or horse is just going to be made very sick, displaying neurological symptoms from the 'hit'.
Certainly unique and something that I have never seen before! Keep it up! Go to Comment
It is very short and concise, it purely shows everything that details a life cycle of this grex... however odd it may in fact be.
It is definately interesting to say the least, but it almost seems like a narration from National Geographic from the 80's.
However, this is probably one of the most unique ideas I have ever read on here pertaining to a lifeform. Other than a few mispelled words and misplaced words, it was done very well. I especially enjoy how it migrates from a simple creature to such a defined hunter. Regardless that it's life cycle even as the more advanced hunter is lilmited. I do not care for the instant death effect of cardiac arrest though, but a simple edit and explanation of some other toxin that spreds the spores over the forest floor while the animal flails about in agony as it tries to get away is also possible.
Hooooooo boy! This is a great post, as Moon and Mourn said, a little national-geographic, but I side with the good hunter in saying that's the sort of thing I like. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your posts, Appy! Go to Comment
Nah, despite being pretty cool, it isn't that unique. Certain kinds of fungi lifeforms already get bigger for better food sources, and seems kind of like a jelly fish would hunt. "Proof that some times truth is stranger than fiction. (Sometimes)" See? Anyway, its still cool. Go to Comment
To everyone whom thinks the toxin is too strong. Ever seen a jellyfish Hunt? Same concept. Things that can not travel long miles to catch up with dinner often employee such measures to insure they are able to feed. And Like Scras pointed out it is most harmful to small animals such as say a sparrow sized bird, rat or mole. Go to Comment
Thanks Moon the fact that it does sound like a national geographic article means I'm using my Biology degree well. Don't need no stinkin grammar that for the kids across the quad in the english department. ;) Go to Comment
It is fact based on true organism the dictyostelium a protozoa type organism that forms into a multi unit "Being" as it were. I have a petri ish with some growing sitting here right now LOL. They are a advanced cell Lab project. Go to Comment
Now I'm going to go against the grain and say that the toxin is sufficiently powerful. Granted 'instant death' is rare in nature but there should be more dangerous poisons. The creature itself is really rather unique. I would like a subplot where the PCs inadvertently wipe out their food supply and visit a previously safe area to find it has become a minefield. Go to Comment
The party comes across a nice hermit in the woods. He gives them food and lodging for the night. They awaken to his terrified screams. "East! It's east! Stop it! It'll kill us all!" The poor horror-stricken hermit dies thrashing in agony, one boney arm outstretched, his finger pointing to the east.