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Dog Pods

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A plant named for its gords, both in the smell of wet dog and for their roughly dog like appearance.

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Dogpod is a low growing species of gourd which is related to squash and pumpkin. From a tough, thick central stock, there grow twisting, leafy vines which sprawl in a wide circle around the center. From these vines grow it’s name sake, the dogpods.

Dogpods are instantly recognizable. They are about the size of a human head, and for all the world resemble a fibrous, warty, orange-yellow dog curled up to sleep. Though most will tell you that they taste awful, some cultures (generally those who also eat dogs or do not know of dogs) roast and eat dogpod as a staple.

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In the early summer, dogpod vines burst out in riots of large pink flowers which smell of wet dog.



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Voted MoonHunter
November 9, 2005, 0:04
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ew, just ew.
Voted Ancient Gamer
November 9, 2005, 17:06
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Where do you take it from CP? Can I sign up for whatever inspiration source you have?
This is of course WAY too short and WAY too undetailed, but it is fascinating nonetheless!
Voted Zylithan
November 20, 2005, 16:13
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short yes, but a vivid picture.
Voted Cheka Man
January 22, 2006, 16:39
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Yuck, but yuck in a good way.
Voted Scrasamax
January 23, 2006, 8:51
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There is a plant called the Buffalo Gourd that grows in the southwest. During times of plenty, the native indian tribes would use the gourd to make soap, and when times were lean they would eat it. This is what the dog pod reminded me of.
Voted Kassil
March 24, 2008, 18:51
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Short, maybe, but something with this vivid a picture doesn't *need* a lot of detail.
Voted valadaar
December 3, 2012, 16:41
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Interesting little sub.

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Nine times out of ten, it’s the undead that do the running.

Not strictly animal or vegetable, the Corpse bud is a peculiar individual that shares characteristics from multiple kingdoms and species. In appearance, all corpse buds bear a shape of a large rounded top bud divided into four lateral segments, and a much longer, narrower bottom bud, also divided into four segments. Between the two halves are a set of four radial limbs, rounded on top and flat on the bottom, covered with tiny serrated hooks facing towards the body. In overall size, it’s limbs reach as wide as a spread hand, with the body being as thick as a fist. It is as long as a human hand from top to bottom.

Internally, the top bud of the corpse bud contains a bacteria filled membrane that produces the hydrogen that the corpse bud uses to stay aloft, and a series of fungal gills for the dispersal of spores for reproduction. The lower half of the bud contains a number of fine filaments, as well as a sharp barbed stinger containing a powerful local anaesthesia.

The Corpse Bud mobilizes by inflating its top bud, and steers by rotating its arms rapidly about its body. The corpse bud ordinarily drifts with the wind, orienting towards the scent of recent decay and death. It preys on the recently dead, burrowing the lower bud into the victim, using the anaesthesia in case the victim is dying, and not truly deceased. Once embedded, it releases its filaments into the body, replacing the current nervous system. This gives it full animation of the body, and allows the corpse bud to direct it.

Corpse buds are not a malevolent species, being primarily concerned with breaking down the host body for food, and infecting the reproductive cycle with spores in order to mate with other corpse-bud bodies. To preserve the corpse for this purpose, Corpse buds will seek out dry locations to prevent bacteria from destroying the corpses. This often causes a large number of corpse buds to gather in a single location.

In culture, Corpse buds are used to repair broken spines or degenerative diseases, as the sentient mind will easily overcome the mind of the non-sentient corpse bud. Once infected by a corpse bud, however, removal is usually fatal, and the infected individual cannot reproduce, or risk infecting another. Thus, it is a technique often reserved for the elderly, or a last resort.

Necromancers and other dark sorcerers will often preserve the corpses of their victims magically, and infect them with corpse buds, creating traditional undead as well, so as to seed their lairs with undead both offensive and non, in order to throw their enemies off balance. They will also enslave the rudimentary minds of the corpse buds, and transform the docile things into a plague. There have also been accounts of magically transformed corpse buds with stronger minds and a taste for living flesh, but thus far all accounts are unproven rumors.

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