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Candle Beetles
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Siren no Orakio's comment on 2008-04-29 09:36 PM
That's a pretty odd adaptation, but interesting. Maybe not the way I would have done it, but it's definitely a unique challenge for an adventurer. Go to Comment
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Scrasamax's comment on 2008-04-30 07:50 AM
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
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Cheka Man's comment on 2008-04-30 11:39 AM
Owch. It must be a pain getting rid of a nest of these. Go to Comment
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Michael Jotne Slayer's comment on 2008-05-20 11:37 AM
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
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Phaidros's comment on 2014-02-04 02:43 PM
Nice addition to the dungeon environment! Saves on candles and clean up the mess the dungeon denizens leave behind!
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Dozus's comment on 2012-11-08 12:27 PM
Practical, in terms of gaming. Like the others, I'd like to see them fleshed out a little more, but it's a great idea. Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2008-04-30 07:15 PM
They must be very magical to burn for hours - both to sustain a flame that long and to survive it. Do they have an origin of note? Go to Comment
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Stephie's comment on 2008-06-23 01:21 PM
Interesting creepy crawlie to run into. Go to Comment
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Oakwood's comment on 2008-05-01 07:16 PM
I'm just curious about the part where you say these beetles could be a lifesaver in times of need? Did you mean as a source of light, or something else? Go to Comment
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Silveressa's comment on 2008-04-30 11:48 PM
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
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Silveressa's comment on 2008-05-02 03:36 PM
Aye as light, or more as a improvised fire bomb attack.. A canny adventurer could find a relatively easy way to trap a few of them in a bag without too much trouble. Go to Comment
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Silveressa's comment on 2008-05-02 03:43 PM
Updated: Updated with details on how these beetles can be used offensively by a savvy (or desperate) adventurer. Go to Comment
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Aramax's comment on 2008-05-04 02:46 PM
Very good,Im always looking for stuff like this! Go to Comment
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tinypoisonousfish's comment on 2010-01-09 09:41 AM
I like them, nice little surprise and a twist on the old fire beetle besides. I'm going to use them immediately in a game. Go to Comment
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MoonHunter's comment on 2008-05-05 12:19 AM
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
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Scrasamax's comment on 2008-05-01 10:34 PM
Couldnt place why it was familiar, thank you Oakwood. Go to Comment
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Cheka Man's comment on 2008-04-30 11:37 AM
Useful but I woulden't want to wear them. Go to Comment
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Mourngrymn's comment on 2008-05-01 03:11 PM
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
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valadaar's comment on 2008-04-30 07:21 PM
This is quite cool - I have seen insect armors in other places, but this is still well done and useful. Go to Comment
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Oakwood's comment on 2008-05-01 07:05 PM
OK, my first comment here:

I generally liked the idea, but it seems very similar to Leto III putting on a suit of sandtrout in "Children of Dune" by Frank Herbert, right down to the diamond shape of the creatures. Go to Comment
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