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The Maidenhead Wasp
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manfred's comment on 2006-02-28 08:51 AM
I was thinking, 'Oh no, another parasite that lays eggs into you that kill you at birth'. And you have pleasantly surprised me! A bizzare creature indeed (thanks that you have added the link to the real-world inspiration, it is not necessary to show, that a creature is possible to exist, but it's quite an interesting addition).

Biologically, I would say that it should specialize in a lifeform/group of lifeforms (mammals or whatever), but as usually, we can relax the demand on realistic-ness. ;)

The question on size probably relates to the sizes of its wings. ('cause you know, double the size, and you'll get eight times the weight, and this thing is much larger than a wasp - so it would need gigantic wings.)

Oh, and, how intelligent is this thing? Not that it needs any smarts besides good instincts, I just wonder. Go to Comment
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Ria Hawk's comment on 2006-02-28 10:07 PM
Wow. Just... wow. I like it. Wierd yet awesome at the same time. It's a little limited iny it's application, since these wasps are restricted to a particular territory (that's nyot all that large), so it might be difficult to arrange for the players to experience it first hand. But it would make a lovely tale for local bards to regale others with in exchange for free drinks. Also, being female, I find the concept of a pregnant man highly amusing. Go to Comment
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MoonHunter's comment on 2006-02-28 12:02 AM
I am impressed by this one. It is really a 4.75 rather than 5, but it works for me enough to give it the 5. It has detail, it has interwoven apsects to the world, it has a twist, and it is neatly wrapped up in a well written package.

The only thing I really the size of the critter... a bit too large for real world physics... not a total concern, but something to keep in mind.

I am going to link it into the insects codex as well, since you probably didn't know that existed. Go to Comment
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MoonHunter's comment on 2006-02-28 10:24 PM
The period which had the giant dragon flies you speak of was in the Mesozoic period. The era was predicated on the shift from carbon diaoxide prevolence (which killed off most lifeforms of the previous era) to oxygen. The oxygen was produced by the mega-ferns and other plants. (Remember all those science class pictures showing huge odd looking, they came from this period.) This hyper oxygenated atmosphere was highly flamable and electrically charged. (Ozone layer as we know it was developing at this time.) Thus any lightning streak, let alone strike, would set the region on fire, with an airborn firestorm.

So if O2 levels reached high enough again, bugs will be able to gather enough O2 to grow to larger sizes.

Where did the 02 go? Atmospheric oxygen is removed by many living things. Immense amounts went into the shells of microscopic marine invertebrates during the Mesozoic. It is mostly locked up as limestone and chalk. The oxygen is presumed to be locked up, mainly as oxides and carbonates in sedimentary rock, or in solution in water and trapped in ice. Which is of course, melting. You know we did have some humungous spiders last year... Go to Comment
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Iain's comment on 2006-02-28 03:16 AM
Great post. Go to Comment
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Scrasamax's comment on 2006-02-27 08:14 PM
Wow...

That is really wierd as hell, I'm going to be hard pressed to find someway to work that into a game but...wow. Go to Comment
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EchoMirage's comment on 2011-06-01 02:14 AM


One step was omitted - when does the egg get fertilized? I know the wasp targets males, but semen is not just sloshing about the abdominal cavity (if it is, it's likely not yours, and seek help immediately).



Also... genetics. We can of course omit those, as this is a fantasy sub, but wouldn't the offspring be part human? And its offspring even more human? Etc?


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Cheka Man's comment on 2006-02-28 11:38 AM
Interesting, a parasite that to some extent helps it's host and repairs the damage that it does. Go to Comment
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Ancient Gamer's comment on 2006-03-01 02:40 PM
Thumbs up Arminas! Very good! Go to Comment
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Mourngrymn's comment on 2006-02-28 04:29 PM
I wil lsay that you definately have done your homework on how these things work. I wil lnot repeat what everone else has said. I wil lsay that my one complaint, which took the .5 off is the egg is lays is rather large to not be noticed when it is first laid. I mean a golf bal lsized egg? You fail to realize how large that would be on your insides.

People get gal stones thatlarge and are in such pain they can not function. Granted it is in a different area but similar principle.

Otherwise, a nice little bug.

On a side note, I had a male ranger who in a campaign was impregnated by fairies and was treated like a king for the birth of his daughter was said to be an omen to the fairies of a new queen. He became an NPC but was a very rich and taken care of NPC. Go to Comment
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Mourngrymn's comment on 2006-03-01 07:45 AM
You know to much... Go to Comment
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Roack's comment on 2006-02-27 10:27 PM
This is a nice bug! But you could certainly go into more detail regarding how and why the hosts are treated like Kings. Go to Comment
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Pariah's comment on 2006-02-28 08:46 PM
Good job Armi. You've had some good posts so far. And, I'm not going to beat the dead horse. Go to Comment
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fenixphire's comment on 2006-02-27 08:51 PM
Hehe..this is amazing, and i have just the PC to do it to, if I can manage it. It will be interesting to see how the party reacts to it...

But, he is rather surly, and sexist, and a ranger, so being alone in the forest is entirely plausable.

*thinks of wicked ways to make it happen* Go to Comment
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Murometz's comment on 2006-02-27 08:49 PM
HOLY CRAP! thats good wasp! reading this is extremely icky for me. My wife is currently pregnant, and I'm showing signs of sympathy pregnancy myself. I hope its not...AAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dont promise to NOT post more disturbing submissions, promise to do MORE of them! ok Im calmer now..this is really sharp! great job! Im not sure I can do this to one of my pc buddies. They would never frogive me.

and what pray tell, is the name of the 'real life' crab implanter? Go to Comment
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Murometz's comment on 2006-12-11 09:28 PM
BUMP, where are you Arminas? Go to Comment
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Arminas's comment on 2006-02-27 08:11 PM
I wonder if that strange lifeforms challenge is still active... perhaps this should go there haha Go to Comment
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Arminas's comment on 2006-02-27 08:47 PM
Updated: I switched males and females in the third paragraph... oops ^_^ Go to Comment
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Arminas's comment on 2006-02-27 08:59 PM
http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1511/is_8_21/ai_63583791#continue

Go to that link, there is an article on the real life parasite ^_^ Go to Comment
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Arminas's comment on 2006-02-27 10:28 PM
Oh! Crap I forgot to elaborate on that didnt I! Go to Comment
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