Not a bad critter, but I have a problem with natural creatures which specialize in human prey.
A human population providing enough food for a bunch of squirrels to evolve eating them is not very likely - the group would either move away or attempt to exterminate the squirrels. Either would not provide a very stable diet. A magical creation or unique mutation I could believe. Go to Comment
I like these creatures in a way but I also see the issues Val raised. In particular, when you mentioned that these Selvaks fall into a deep slumber after a meal, the first thing that pops into mind is that this is the perfect time for humans to go around and exterminate them. These creatures might have a chance to work, though, in a very out-of-the-way place where human inhabitants are somehow spaced a fair bit apart so that one or two missing persons might not be easily noticed by everyone.
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On the face of it just another walking statue, but the back story elevates this well above the mundane - this is no simple monster, but a complex character with strong reason for existence and a believable goal in life.
From a personal viewpoint I prefer the idea that it is solely Eliamâ€™s love that has brought her to life, in a world with a high ambient magical field (or whatever) this is logical and works well - it is also more aesthetically pleasing.
On a more general note, this hints at a world where magic is more complex than a simple (and very boring) weapon system for blowing up dragons, ice demons, and other improbable beasties.
As for use, I wouldnâ€™t allow her as the basis for a PC (being made of stone makes her virtually invulnerable and therefore way too powerful) but she works well as an interesting NPC - there are probable an almost unlimited number of ways she could (probably inadvertently) cause problems for anybody she happens to meet.
Hereâ€™s an idea - what if Eliam is long dead (possible since we donâ€™t, and indeed canâ€™t, know how she took to awaken) but somebody now living (perhaps one of the PCs) just happens to look a lot him - let the fun commence Go to Comment
*sigh* Ah, the women... don't move a finger for you, and once you give up, they would chase you through the whole world. ;)
Very nice. Another way of creation may be that a spirit of Stone (or a part of it) resided in the marble piece, and with Eliam's careful work was given another shape, fit for our world. But love and devotion is a great enough reason. ("Latent magics" are the same thing.)
- does she sleep at all? There seems to be no need; maybe she just spends the night dreaming with eyes open...
- a very neat "disadvantage" of weight. While practically immune to many weapons, she may have problems climbing upstairs, not breaking floors she treads, or getting on ships (but at least, no need to breath).
- to add a little to the romance: maybe she is immortal(unaging) until she finds him, or finds out he is dead. Then she would start to age as mortals do. Perhaps even turn to flesh, become a truly living being.
There is no telling how long Eliam has been gone. It could be months..it could be years. Depending on the stoyline/game that Petra is put in.
Eliam could be living next door, he maybe be in another village or a far away land. Then again Eliam might be dead. Again, this is up to the person who choses Petra. Petra does not know where Eliam is, or how long he has been gone. Up until her awakening there is lack of understanding the passing of time.
Petra could have been brought to life by the sheer strength of Eliam love and devotion to his creation. After all he spents many months...possible a year, constantly near the marble block and Petra herself as he sculpted her.
Being the gift of a goddess is another idea. Or it was latent magics at work. Go to Comment
You could also use the rebirth theory in that Eliam has long since died of old age, natural causes, whatever you choose yet his spirit/ soul was given to another.
Since she has this unyielding desire and need to find him, the person that she finds to hold that love may not be Eliam but his loving soul.
That could cause problems if the person who she is claiming to be Eliam or his soul is in fact a PC who is a woman/ married/ or otherwise disinclined to have a stone statue craving for his affections. Go to Comment
Is it not the original backstory of Wonder Woman that she is a statue animated to become a defender of the Amazon Island? Maybe if Eliam and his loving neighbour were killed by an invading army, Petra would become an avenging warrior. For a twist, if you want her to be an opponent, it is Eliam's nation that is invading and the sculptor was conscripted, and killed by the PCs as defenders of their land. Time to move to the marshes... Go to Comment