I think the part that I like about it is that the beetles are not carnivorous, starving for the flesh of man, and instead swarm when threatened and will only return to a corpse days after it's demise to nibble of the muck growing on it. Go to Comment
This one hits home with me. The imagery was vivid for my part, when a sub makes me try to "see" it in my imagination something about it is good.
With this I imagine a damp dark cave, the walls are slimed with fungus and moss. The very air seems to be humming deep within the mountain. And behold, a light appears in the pitch black, and then another... The cave is soon burning with a hundred candles, revealing a cathedral like roof and a floor littered with brittle bones of former adventurers.
What I miss is more somehow, the basic idea is great. But I feel that their mythology could be expanded. Their options are so many. The colour and flavour" vs "the facts / the essentials" has long drifted in the undercurrents of the Citadel. I personally feel that this needs more flavour.
So in closing, this is a good solid idea that could easily be expanded to much more. Go to Comment
Aye, quite magical, but they've got no particular origin I've thought of yet, although that could make for an interesting adventure for a scholar pc or npc ;) (If one could determine it's origin one could perhaps find a more adaptable species to use for alchemical purposes.) Go to Comment
Fairly basic creature. I see the visual. I feel the yuk. The ecologist in me is screaming.
My only thought, is their is only so much dead skin on a person. And how long will it take them to eat "that patch". Once they have all the dead skin in their patch, surely they would move to find flakier pastures. I know they are part of a "whole" and they might not move, but.... Of course, if they started eating "live" skin once the dead skin has been exhausted. That would be a different story. Thus removing them after they have been there for too long could become.... problamatic.
Aside: I could not see them covering someone over for too long. You would need timing and such to make this work in a useful manner.
They are symbiotes, rather than parasites. So I know they are not bad, but.... They provide the host with vastly more than they are getting back. Okay, they just seem too useful. Go to Comment
Ok, while it is a little too short for me. Yes I like lengthy submissions that belch way too much information. This is what made me come to realize it was a neat idea.
Some merchants also sell these creatures as "self repairing armor" to adventures down on their luck
That alone did it for me. The fact that they are insects and crawl and embed themselves into your skin makes me quiver just trying to imagine the feeling. But that alone makes it a useable submission for me. Go to Comment
Like I said in my previous post, they are a mutation caused by whatever biological/nuclear (or magical) weapons were used to make your favorite post apocalypse setting. So while they were not naturally created by the process of evolution, they have mutated and adapted to their environment and now are capable of successfully breeding. Go to Comment