This reminds me of the DnD Bullette, an overwhelmingly silly creature. My munchkins loved it though, because it gave a heavy load of XP and they could LEVEL UP!
Still: I cannot deny that you have done a decent job and your imagination is good. However, this Dune Sandworm replacement does not work for me. It invokes all the wrong imagery in my mind. Go to Comment
I really like the format of this post. It's not completely original, and it's not really long and descriptive. BUT, it says everything important in very few words, wipes its feet before coming inside, and leaves a nice tip after dinner. Go to Comment
I like your description a lot. One question I have...I would think they would like to live near people if that's their favorite food, and hunting strategy (which could be in jungles or cold mountanous regions Go to Comment
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.
A wild species, vinus homophagus, more akin to sea-grape rather than the terrestrial variety, is not a monster despite its fanciful name. The grapes, a deep purple color when in bloom, and oozing dewdrops of perspiration, like the most prized and delectable of drinking wine grapes, do however deserve their moniker. Wine made from this fruit, is deadly to most humanoids, as is the raw berry if plucked and eaten from the vine. It is the unnatural chemical concoction found within the fruit’s tart skin, which gives the man-eating grape its name. The chemical stew found inside each berry, functions as a necrotic agent, the same as found in some species of venomous snakes.
The grapes literally eat their victims from the inside out, via cell death, melting and destroying the organs in quick succession.
The tribes of Pra-Oohk Crater, of the jungles of Ghlush are known to sell the fermented “wine” of this grape to merchants of distant lands. Sadly, the taste of the concoction is divine when first quaffed, and even worse, the man-eating grape wine will never detect as poisonous via mundane means, its horrid natures somehow masking all attempts. Luckily the man-eating grapes are extremely rare, and endemic to humid jungles.