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Scalies
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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
Scalies
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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
Scalies
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Silveressa's comment on 2008-05-04 02:41 PM
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
Scalies
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Silveressa's comment on 2008-04-29 08:32 PM
Updated: Clarified a few small details. Go to Comment
Scalies
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Silveressa's comment on 2008-05-02 06:40 PM
Actually I was going for something that was similar to the real world parasites "scabies" and "chiggers" but more beneficial; hence the variation of the name into "Scalies." (Mutated by radiation the post apocalypse setting I used them in.)

The reference from Dune sounds vaguely familiar. I read that book ages ago, and was bored to death close to the end. If I remember right the things from Dune were ultimately lethal, irremovable, and made Leto close to invulnerable, unlike the Scalies. Go to Comment
Scalies
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Silveressa's comment on 2012-03-01 04:14 PM


The original concept was for them to feed off a persons sweat and perhaps body hair as well; which could prove advantageous to some people. I like the idea of them becoming parasitic and consuming healthy flesh if left in place for more then a week or two, especially if they execrate an anesthetic preventing the wearer from realizing they were being slowly eaten alive until they tried to remove them...



Also in the original post apocalypse setting their main draw back was the continual perception/skill penalty from feeling the creatures crawling over your skin, making it difficult to perform complex tasks and conentrate for long, let alone get a good nights sleep.



besides the caused discomfort when set on,  wearing clothing was difficult to impossible as well as the social interaction pentaly. (Who's going to have a normal conversation with someone covered in a crawling carpet of bugs, a few of which may decide you are a more desireable host?) This alone provided enough problems to off set their advantages and keep them balanced. (they also weren't very bullet proof, making them a less then optimal armor choice for firearms conflicts.)

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Scalies
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Aramax's comment on 2008-05-04 01:57 PM
Very nice,are they natual?(I woulddnt think so Go to Comment
Zap Flies
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Scrasamax's comment on 2008-04-30 12:01 PM
Indeed, very nasty. Go to Comment
Zap Flies
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Cheka Man's comment on 2008-04-30 11:35 AM
I've never encountered a submission quite like this before. Nasty creatures. Go to Comment
Zap Flies
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Cheka Man's comment on 2008-05-01 01:07 PM
If you got one of these when it was a maggot, could you tame it and make it your pet? Go to Comment
Zap Flies
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Michael Jotne Slayer's comment on 2008-05-20 11:26 AM
I linked this to Insects (and Spiders and other creepy crawlies) for you. I thing this is a simple solid submission. As a stand alone it's not terribly original, but as a part of a codex it's very useful. Solid.

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Zap Flies
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Mourngrymn's comment on 2008-05-01 03:21 PM
Cheka... your weird. :)

Im not sure what does this for me. If there were not elecricity shooting, small cat sized insects that agressively feed on living flesh... then I may have talked into liking them. As it is though.... the feed portion is ok, the laying of larva is ok... the fact that they leave scars and wounds tend to get infected is even ok... Something about the direction this sub came from and went just did me wrong.

I don't have any issues with this being for a post aapocalyptic setting, on the contrary they seem more fitted to something a tad more modern and even sci-fi. Its just something in the way they were described, or lack of a lot of description perhaps, is what made me not take this and enjoy it. Go to Comment
Zap Flies
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valadaar's comment on 2008-04-30 07:20 PM
Pretty nasty critters.

If these are for a fantasy campaign, the description is a little too modern - Tasers, etc.

Basketball sized - the main body or the sphere including the wings? Either case these bugs are huge! Go to Comment
Zap Flies
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Silveressa's comment on 2008-04-30 11:51 PM
They were designed more for a post apocalypse or space faring campaign actually, hence the runaway lawnmower reference in the description. (I almost added in a bit about shotguns and flamers being the preferred weapon of choice to counter these pests but figured that pigeon holed them a bit too much as far as high tech/low tech versatility)

As for size, that includes the wing span. Go to Comment
Zap Flies
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Silveressa's comment on 2008-05-02 03:50 PM
I didn't go into a whole lot of description since they are for general appearances simply an enlarged common creature so a lengthy description would have been redundant.

I'm not sure if you could tame it as a pet since like most insects, as soon as it becomes hungry it immediately goes in search of food. Anyone attempting to tame one would therefore need to keep a readily available supply of food near by. (And once it pupated the food supply would then have to be living for the insect to show any interest.)

Although; I suppose in a post apocalypse setting a sufficiently vile and crazed person could raise one or more of the creatures by feeding it scraps of meat then after pupation allowing to to feed upon a slave, or even their own body when food was scarce. Go to Comment
Dr. Tadani
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Siren no Orakio's comment on 2008-04-29 07:11 PM
Maybe he just does it for the same reason people boil puppies and eat kittens.

That said: The essential idea here is good. I like it. However, I feel that it needs a certain level of expansion - What is the fundamental reason he gets bored doing things the 'nice way'? What events caused him to become so psychopathic? What cracked him in the first place? Go to Comment
Dr. Tadani
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Scrasamax's comment on 2008-05-01 11:31 PM
Where did his obsession with the dark arts come from? I'm pretty sure that unless he attented Miskatonic University (Go Fighting Cephalopods!) he didnt take Dark Arts 101 in college. I also agree with Siren and Val in their sanity related comments. Go to Comment
Dr. Tadani
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Cheka Man's comment on 2008-04-29 04:54 PM
What does this evil doctor want to do with his paitents? Use them as assassins or thieves? Use them to *replace* dead people? Go to Comment
Dr. Tadani
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Dozus's comment on 2011-05-03 01:30 PM


Kind of your typical mad doctor, if a little lacking in motivation. I like some of the details though, and it's a well-written sub.


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valadaar's comment on 2008-04-29 07:16 PM
I agree with Siren. I have long since become a little weary of people being evil because they are insane, with no other reason given. Personally, I think it is scarier when people are evil for other reasons - when its not some random biochemical error which creates the monster.

Take a look at Ullhyr T'Lar-Yin. I think you might like this fellow. (Evil laughter here...)

Though I think this fellow is evil too due to madness. Oh well :) Go to Comment
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