Val, I imagine that Jimmy would be thrilled to find himself in the country of the Rephatians where there would be so many different varities of humanoids for him to cook and feast on. However, if he allowed temptation to get the better of him and tried to murder and eat a member of the soldier or elite caste, I have no doubt that he would meet with a swift and savage end. Go to Comment
Bizarre yet believable. As a wannabe gourmet, i can appreciate Jimmy's tastes and curiousities. Remember, taboos aside, human flesh tastes remarkably like pork. Heck, even cat testicle stew is not all that unbelievable. Testicles of bulls, sheep, etc are considered delicacies in many countries. Jimmy is kind of a Sweeney Todd of the kitchens, without the revenge angle. I kind of like the fact that Jimmy seems aware and yet ignorant of his own brand of evil.
I'm a big fan of the MEAT LOVING KNIFE (include a link!!) Nice way to use it with an NPC.
Also, fix up this sentence.....Born with highly sensitive taste bus, he could perceive the differences that existed bet wend different types of meat
Oh, and why would he get rid of offal? A man like Jimmy Stout can certainly appreciate some sweet meats, livers, kidneys, hearts... Go to Comment
You're essentially right in saying that they're just a variant on pirahnas, but I thought I'd just create a fish that is both highly prized as a pet as well as being totally dangerous to humans. Ya know, just to create some excitment for NPCs or PCs looking for fairly popular but challenging pets. Go to Comment
Well, just to clear two things, by the time the beetle exits its host, it's the size of a small mouse as is stated in the sub. Anything that size which crawls out someone's bum is gdefinitely oing to leave some damage in its wake. Plus, at this point, the beetle is nearing the end of its life-span and so dosen't really care if it ends up killing its host as it makes its way out.
With that that said, thanks for telling me about parasites latching onto the intestinal rather than the stomach walls. And I guess the secretion wasn't probably that neccessary. I might make a couple more modifications. Go to Comment
Couple of parasite pointers, the beetle is much more likely to latch onto the lining of the intestines rather than the stomach. This is actually where the majority of parasites are usually found. (the next most common location is in the blood stream, just FYI). I don't know that a chemical secretion to boost a host's appetite is really required, the drain from the beetle itself should be more than sufficient to keep them hungry.
I see a left-over from the previous version, I don't think a rice grain sized beetle is going to cause a colon to explode when it exits the body. Besides, a real parasite doesnt have the intention of killing it's host. The danger of the Rot Beetle wouldn't be just carrying one of them (assuming your bum doesnt explode), the real concern would be to become a host to a colony of them. How much tainted meat could be eaten in five months? Someone with a gut full of beetles could have so many beetles that undigested might not be able to pass unimpeded out of the body.
From there you could get an expression like 'Blood and Beetles!' since someone who is so parasite ridden that their bowel movements are mostly blood and beetles, the blood from where the beetles were torn free of the intestinal wall. Go to Comment
We'll go with what Muro said: interesting, and entirely believable. I have issue with the description at the beginning, where it was described to the casual observer as a wiggling grain of rice, combined with the one at the end, where it has grown to the size of a rat. The two simply don't seem to match properly. A bit better explanation would be nice.
Otherwise, an interesting fellow you have here. Keep up the submissions, I'm liking what I'm reading. Go to Comment
Some details could use a once-over, like the fact that it starts off miniscule, then grows to "10 times" its size to resemble a small rat. If a bug the size you originally describe grows to 10 times its size, it would still be relatively tiny, maybe the size of a thimble or so, not a small rat. Also being the size of a small rat with wings, I simply dread visualizing the "exit strategy" :)
Interesting bug overall. Despite the fact that it infects the host with eggs (something that has been done to death), it seems believable and casts a reflection on the society where it proliferates.