A Lantern Bug is the size of a man's hand,has wings and glows with a greenish light at night to attract moths and other insects to it. If it is fed now and then with small pieces of meat, it, or sometimes more then one bug, will hover above a person's head and provide light. Two or more bugs together will provide enougth light to see by.The bug's bites are painful and itchy but not normally dangerous and they only bite anything bigger then themselves in self defense. If trapped in something and used as a captive light source, they die within twelve hours if they are not fed and watered. Go to Comment
Most insects, if they land on a wound, will infect it or worse. Cleaner Flies are the oppisite. They eat infected flesh, fungus/fungal spores, and parasites, but leave undamaged flesh and uninfected wounds alone. They are three inches long and covered wih red and white stripes, and are seen next to often highly dangerous creatures,even going into their jaws to clean their teeth without fear. One was once seen hovering beside a large spider, eating grubs that had burrowed into the spider's back. It is said that spiders will set a Cleaner Fly loose from their webs instead of eating it. Go to Comment
These foot long insects live around the caves of dragons and other large beasts of prey, and are red and white in colour with large jaws and iridescent wings. Far from being dangerous, they prey only on pests.They eat parasites,be they lice and that kind of thing, or athlete's foot fungus,although in the latter case they may eat a small amount of flesh as well, to destroy the roots of the fungus.They never harm a host on purpose except in self defence, and very few things will prey on them.Giant spiders have been known to free such flies from their webs,as the flies are so good at freeing the spiders of parasites. Go to Comment
Other interesting insects would be ones with some useful features.
A variation of the shelac beetle could have its carapices become sticky when heated; several hundred of these can be combined into armour pieces.
Special spellbook or scroll paper can be made from a type of paper wasp nest. This paper is tough, and readily accepts magic, far more than normal paper or vellum.
A NightGuardian mantis can be trained to become accustomed to one person, or a group. It not only eats mosquitos at night, but emits a shrill warning noise when a strange person or beast approaches.
Jewel Wraiths are shiny & ornamental insects with a wide variety of colouration & patterns. They are considered quite beautiful. The insect is highly poisonous, but is a very docile & slow plant eater, quite content to stay attached to a warm body as jewelry, provided it is kept sated on leafy vegetables each day--usually eaten nocturnally & sleeping attached to clothing during the day.
The Manna Bug is a desert-dwelling insect that secretes a nutritious substance overnight. This can be harvested early in the morning, enough to keep a large group fed & healthy for weeks at a time. (This one is based on a real insect.) Go to Comment
Here's something else to ponder, since the maximum weight issue for insect exoskeletons are based on weight rather than mass, that maximum changes in proportion to gravity. Thus, on Mars, insects could grow to three times the size--imagine dragonflys with two meter wingspans... Go to Comment
Ok. I am responding to this one a little late. Thanks Moon... that hurt my head for a few minutse but I think I broke through the barrier called the english language and uinderstood most of what you said.
I will keep that in mind. I may in fact alter my creatures based off the concepts you wrote above. Go to Comment
I know that there are inherent physics problems with doing things as said in this post, but since we're all suspending our sense of disbelief when considering extra-large creatures anyways, lets let our simplistic imaginations do the work for us.
Well, assuming that such a thing is even possible (which it isn't without magic or illusion), one would probably be able to take the strength that an animal or insect might normally have and multiply it by how large it grew.
A normal ant is said to be able to pick up 50x it's body weight. So if an ant were able to grow to ten times the size of normal, it's strength would be ten times as great as normal, making it able to pick up 500x it's own weight. So, if you wished to know how much a spider could pick up at 8', simply figure out what the size difference is, how much it can normally lift, then multiply the two together for your result.
Simplistic? Yes, but will it work in a fantasy setting without too many problems? Most likely. Go to Comment
Quote from: "Chaosmark" A normal ant is said to be able to pick up 50x it's body weight. So if an ant were able to grow to ten times the size of normal, it's strength would be ten times as great as normal, making it able to pick up 500x it's own weight. So, if you wished to know how much a spider could pick up at 8', simply figure out what the size difference is, how much it can normally lift, then multiply the two together for your result.
Simplistic? Yes, but will it work in a fantasy setting without too many problems? Most likely.
Ack. No. The reason an ant can pick up 50x its own bodyweight has to do with the fact that muscular power becomes exponentially greater the smaller the creature. That's also the reason that a human being may be able to pick up his own body weight, but an elephant would find the same task impossible.
If you really want to figure out how strong an 8' long spider would be, compare it to a real life animal. Say, a tiger. An 8 foot tiger could physically drag or push about 800 pounds of sliding material with its entire body. With some logical reasoning, you could assume that the legs of an 8' long spider could push/pull about 100 pounds max. Go to Comment
A fascinating world: it knows it will be invariably destroyed, and most people of course do not (want to) believe it.
And it is actually possible to import the idea into other game worlds! Because it takes thousands of years until they return, people happily forget the past, until the kingdom next door is destroyed... and myths start to make sense again.
If it is established that dragons can be killed, they may be actually social creatures, living in large groups that migrate. The occasional angry loner might have been outcast from its clan, or nest, or whatever the dragons live normally in. A few hundred (or thousand) dragons can be the end for any civilisation...
An unbelievably large shape flew above the continent. Few have seen it, for it happened at night, but despite a clear sky it produced a mighty wind-storm. A shock would spread through the population, and the wizard scientists:
- was it merealy a passing?
- or will the dragon return after some sight-seeing?
- is it a known dragon?
- or is it a newcomer that seeks a home?
- damn, who cares who is it if we all die!
- but if it left, could some other follow it?
It could have nice effects (like stopping a war after the armies have escaped), as well as bad effects (mass hysteria and witch hunts, possibly aimed against the wizard scientists themselves). But a little destruction, a lot of fears, it may be gone after a few years...
So why do it?
I think a campaign of this kind may have a hard time inspiring some players/PCs. Why should they care if something bad happens in a few thousand years, when they are all dead and forgotten?
A single close encounter, that almost turns all people into mad animals, leaves traces, that cannot be overlooked without the beast even landing, could drive the point home.
I found this to be one of my favorite posts from the old site. I love the way it is written, mainly that it is at times ambiguous, and at other times refers beck to oral records and geological deposits. Go to Comment
The Dragons of this world are like the strongest hurricanes in ours. 5/5 Tomorrow I want to come back and give this an HoH vote since both of today's HoH votes have been used on lesser (but still good) things. Go to Comment