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Surgeon Birds
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Forganthus's comment on 2012-05-23 05:27 AM
Put it on a little leash. Scare it when it is bad. Give it some blood when it is good. Avoid training more than a couple at a time, unless you have some step-children somewhere. Go to Comment
Surgeon Birds
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Forganthus's comment on 2012-05-23 05:28 AM
Yeah, I can imagine them being kinda cute, when it's all snuggly in its little cage, and not. . . drinking me. Go to Comment
Surgeon Birds
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Forganthus's comment on 2012-05-23 05:30 AM
If you use it in a space-faring game be sure to give it little deely-bobber antenna. Go to Comment
Surgeon Birds
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Forganthus's comment on 2012-05-23 05:34 AM
Terrifying, right? Hummingbirds move like bees or something.

In response to your question I would try stuff tree branches in my clothes while running through the woods and shrieking like a cheerleader. Go to Comment
Surgeon Birds
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OmegaDraco's comment on 2012-05-22 09:55 AM
These things are scary! Imagine hearing a fluttering sound behind you. You turn around to feel something snagged on the back of your neck. You brush it off and turn again to see this black vampire hummingbird with white circles around it's eyes staring back at you with blood dripping from its syringe-like beak. You leap to your feet in surprise only to find yourself feeling faint as the warmth of your own blood trickles down your back where two more were still feeding. You take a defensive stance as the surgeonbirds hover just out of reach, waiting for as long as it takes for you to let down your guard again. Feeling faint from blood loss and being watched by the white-circled eyes of the vampiric predators, how long can you stay awake?

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Dendrognaths
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Scrasamax's comment on 2012-05-22 10:01 AM
Cursed tree, horror, something that strange people value, this is solid awesome Go to Comment
Dendrognaths
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Cheka Man's comment on 2012-05-24 02:20 PM
Owch.You could have this trap in a tomb;it would never starve to death. Go to Comment
Dendrognaths
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Mourngrymn's comment on 2012-05-23 07:43 PM
Ok, I don't get it. Its a cursed tree. Cool. It is created by cutting or ripping the head off of a beast/ creature and sticking it to the tree. Cool. It attacks, but only once, to no real affect other than hopefully killing its prey. I don't understand that part. I am not saying it isn't good but to me it needs more to make sense. The following is points I had thoughts on.

1) Perhaps this is just me. maybe if there was more information, or any information mind you, on the Deathwalkers it could have clarified some of what I feel is missing. The name sounds interesting but it brings forth visions of undead and cursed not of a pissed off treant walking around with animal heads sprouting from its body. I realize that it is not the case but I'm trying to rationalize it some.

2) Why does it kill or have prey? It is a protection of an area? Perhaps these Deathwalkers create these animal head trees to surround holy ground or some such sanctuary.

3) What, if any, does the death of their prey benefit the tree? Seems to me like if it is not used as a protective or defensive barrier then the blood or soul of those it kills is usable. Perhaps the soul of those killed by one of these trees turn into a Deathwalker. just a thought.

By the way, deathwalkers and Dembraava Wilds bring forth wonderful imagery just by their names alone.
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Dendrognaths
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Mourngrymn's comment on 2012-05-24 07:08 AM
You can have a fauna style trap, that's fine. Just a reason for it would be nice. I'll read the Deathwalker sub first chance. Go to Comment
Dendrognaths
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Mourngrymn's comment on 2012-05-25 12:00 AM

There are rumors of a hidden glade deep in the forest, ringed by dozens of towering oaks, each with dozens of eldest lupine dendrognaths leering from their trunks. And in the center of the glade, stairs downward.This only explains the possibility of why they are in this one area not the rest of the wilds.


I don't think it explains it enough to make sense. If that is the only place these things are found then its perfect but by reading it it seems they are scattered throughout the wilds in a random half hazard order. It still doesn't give a reason why they are made or why they only attack once. Unless I am simply missing it somewhere.

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Dendrognaths
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Mourngrymn's comment on 2012-05-25 07:15 AM
The Wilds hating humans is port of important information. Knowing that makes this much clearer. Put everything you just said in that last explanation and it will change my vote. Good job its fleshing out to be a wonderfully, horrible place. Go to Comment
Dendrognaths
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valadaar's comment on 2013-05-16 10:25 PM
Ah, nice and dark. No fairy tale here. Waiting death with no mercy. Go to Comment
Dendrognaths
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Silveressa's comment on 2012-05-22 06:41 AM
Nasty and creative, the perfect guardian for a necromancers lair or to ring around a cursed graveyard.

Such a cursed tree could also make for a suitably gory method of execution for a depraved (or mad) ruler. Go to Comment
Dendrognaths
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Kassy's comment on 2012-05-22 06:11 PM
Damnit Sil, are we on the same wavelength tonight? You've pretty much said exactly what I thought.

Great, creative sub.

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Dendrognaths
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Moonlake's comment on 2012-05-24 08:59 PM
I haven't seen the previous version but looking through the trail of comments, I think all of the points raised by Mourngrymn have now been fully covered. As the sub currently stands, it is complete, solid and overall a quality sub. Go to Comment
Dendrognaths
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Forganthus's comment on 2012-05-24 02:06 AM
You make a very good point: this sub raises too many questions. So, I just posted an entry on the Deathwalkers. The stuff in the Dembraava Wilds is pretty integrated, and I'll see if I can't get my files cleaned up and fed to the intertubes.

The tree is just a tree. The head is cursed. This is really more of a trap that the Deathwalkers set up than it is an animal or plant.

So, I probably should move this to Traps instead of Fauna. Forests need more traps anyway. Aaaannd maybe rewrite this one a bit.
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Dendrognaths
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Forganthus's comment on 2012-05-24 02:06 AM
You make a very good point: this sub raises too many questions. So, I just posted an entry on the Deathwalkers. The stuff in the Dembraava Wilds is pretty integrated, and I'll see if I can't get my files cleaned up and fed to the intertubes.

The tree is just a tree. The head is cursed. This is really more of a trap that the Deathwalkers set up than it is an animal or plant.

So, I probably should move this to Traps instead of Fauna. Forests need more traps anyway. Aaaannd maybe rewrite this one a bit.
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Dendrognaths
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Forganthus's comment on 2012-05-24 02:43 AM
Update: Edits done. I'm going to bed. Go to Comment
Dendrognaths
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Forganthus's comment on 2012-05-25 02:04 AM
The Wilds (or something in the Wilds) has decided that humans will be killed as when they enter. They are not allowed in the forest. No exceptions. But, the largest trade route in the East runs through it, so the rangers of Braava are tasked with keeping the road open. They are opposed in this task by the Deathwalkers, who serve the forest. The Dendrognaths attack once because they aren't alive or undead--they're just a gruesome magical trap.

The Deathwalkers *do* seed them randomly through the forest, but they concentrate them at vital locations: at safehouses, the protective totems (which keep the forest from spreading), or fresh water access (streams change paths yearly).

I didn't want to write too much about the Dembraava Wilds, because this sub is just about the trap, no the forest, but I'll add a few details up there to clarify. I'm sorry, I'm just a little new to this. This is why peer review is good. Go to Comment
Dendrognaths
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Forganthus's comment on 2012-05-25 02:12 AM
Update: Added a couple things about where these traps are placed, and the hatred the forest has for humans. Go to Comment
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