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Black Leaf Bug

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It is whispered at harvest bonfires that sometimes swarms will combine into a monstrously huge pile of Black Leaf Bugs, able to instantly stop anything it comes across. What is left explodes in a shower of maggots.

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There are several different species of Black Leaf Bugs, each resembling the shed leaves of various deciduous trees. They all share a few traits in common: swarm behaviour, poor flight, behavioural mimicry of leaves blown by the wind, defenses, feeding modes, and means of reproduction.

In appearance, Black Leaf Bugs resemble a cluster of fallen leaves, blown about by the breeze. It is not uncommon to see more than one species represented within a swarm. When they encounter a large animal however, they quickly swarm and paralyze it. Individually, their bites are small, and their paralytic venom weak. However, in a swarm, the collective toxin can quickly subdue even a cow, and keep it paralyzed until the larvae have devoured it. The adult females feed on animal blood, leaving pinprick sized holes on the paralyzed victim, barely noticable even under scruitiny. Adult males, ironically, feed on dead vegetable matter. All however, swarm and inject their paralyzing toxin.

The eggs hatch within a few hours, and the tiny larvae burrow their way deep inside the victim’s flesh. The paralyzed victim is eaten from the inside-out, while it is still alive and conscious for the early stages. The skin & bones are not consumed by the developing larvae, but muscle & soft tissues are. This leaves (pun unintended) the victim in the latter stages resembling a horrific type of scarecrow—the frame & skin are stuffed with wriggling vile leaves. These burst out from the victim, and become a new swarm.



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Voted MoonHunter
November 4, 2005, 16:27
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Bugs. This will need to get attached to the Insects thread when that scroll gets imported.
Voted Zylithan
November 15, 2005, 20:52
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I really like the scarecrow bit at the end. Bugs seems to be a popular creature here.
MoonHunter
August 12, 2006, 13:51
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I just reread this. This is a scary set of creatures. All of a sudden you need to worry about a cloud of leaves in the wind coming at you.

You can also use their victims as a "fear inducing feature", as if a few swarms rolled across a given swath of terrain the PCs are travelling, they could find the desicated corpes in odd positions.
Voted Murometz
August 12, 2006, 14:10
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wow...nifty! I echo the 2 comments. Scarecrow-nice! cloud of deadly leaves-nice!
Voted valadaar
March 28, 2007, 10:30
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Nasty - and in a good way.

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       By: Strolen

In nature, for instance, a rhino has flies and ticks etc, that live on the hide and live off the blood. Rhino will visit and lie in ponds where turtles will clean the underwater portion of the ticks and a species of bird will clean the the top of ticks and other parasites. What if where the characters camp there were a species of animals that lived off wounds of the creatures. PCs camp. Anybody with wounds on there body are soon covered with small rodent - insect - shadows - whatever. Would immediately see it as a threat I would imagine. But perhaps one of the wounded didn't wake up when it happened, and when they did finally wake they were completely healed. Perhaps somebody was warned of something attacking them but they were able to notice that the wound was actually getting smaller instead of larger. Or maybe they successfully beat the creatures off them and don't notice an improvement, marking this place never to rest at ever again....later learn that villagers send their wounded there but they keep it a guarded secret because they don't want all the attention or traffic and what comes with such a special gift. Could turn into something more too if characters decide to start blabbing about it.

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