Login or register. (You can now login/register with your social networks.)

Lifeforms
Fauna
Any
3.75
6 Votes

18xp


Hits: 1532
Comments: 6
Ideas: 0
Rating: 3.75
Condition: Normal
ID: 5824

Submitted:

Updated:
June 10, 2009, 11:48 pm

Vote Hall of Honour

You must be a member to use HoH votes.
Author Status

Options


Print Friendly and PDF

Demon Tick

By:

Is not disease the rule of existence? There is not a lily pad floating on the river but has been riddled by insects? -Henry David Thoreau

Description

The term tick is a misnomer, as this creature is not an arachnid, and doesn't possess a mouth, as such. It's around 3", symetrical, and generally spherical in shape, with six legs ending in viscious looking prongs, and twelve eyes in three clumps around it's body. The prongs are the Tick's mouths, from which it excretes its digestive poisons and sucks up the slurry that is produced.

The poison is both highly necrotic and an extremely effective aensthesia, making it a popular choice of those with less than firm morals that are willing to risk their lives trying to milk one of these.

Combat

A single tick is no threat, they're not fast and can easily be crushed under the sole of your boot; the real threat is when they breed, or are used as a weapon. A single demon can be infested with as many as half a dozen of these, not a problem for the demon which is largely resistant to the ticks' poison, but when that same demon is summoned to battle by some foul mage, and it falls, the ticks will first lay their eggs in its corpse, and then move on to the other corpses, resulting a veritable apocolypse when all the eggs hatch. There are tales of small kingdoms being buried underneath a swarm of these things.

History


Native to Hell, this creature preys upon the demons that were banished here, a torment for the tormentors. They thrived just as well as everything else in that blighted realm, which is to say barely. They were just big enough to be able to prey upon the demons, but not big enough to attract their attention; it wasn't until they were introduced to the mortal realm that they really became a scourge. With no natural predators, and with the soft flesh of mortals to feast on, the Demon Tick became to the mortal realm what kudzu became to the Southeastern US.



Additional Ideas (0)

Please register to add an idea. It only takes a moment.

Join Now!!



Gain the ability to:
Vote and add your ideas to submissions.
Upvote and give XP to useful comments.
Work on submissions in private or flag them for assistance.
Earn XP and gain levels that give you more site abilities.
Join a Guild in the forums or complete a Quest and level-up your experience.
Comments ( 6 )
Commenters gain extra XP from Author votes.

Voted Cheka Man
June 11, 2009, 9:48
0xp
A suitable foul creature to plauge your PCs with.
Voted Scrasamax
June 18, 2009, 0:19
0xp
Not bad, but this feels only half done.
Voted Murometz
June 22, 2009, 16:16
0xp
I like the idea itself. Demons should have ticks. Makes sense to me. And of course, demon ticks should be of the properly "effed-up" parasitic variety, like these here are. Good.
Voted valadaar
June 22, 2009, 19:04
0xp
Agreed - I do like this, and there is room for more meat on this one.

Voted axlerowes
October 23, 2010, 15:21
0xp

It does feel a little under-done, but while adding more might the reading more enjoyable I think the idea is fully developed.  Extra points for style and the fact that I hate HATE ticks (thus I demonizing theme seems like a natural extension for me).

Voted Pieh
October 23, 2010, 15:37
0xp

Oh man, Demon Ticks! I hate ticks, but this sub is nice and fun. The Kudzu reference reminded me of the first LARP I went to, Endgame in New Hampshire, were we had to fight hordes of semi-intelligent Kudzu plants. Good times.

Link Backs



Random Idea Seed View All Idea Seeds

       By: Iain

A large forest which is the site of a research monastery dedicated to Silence. In the course of developing new spells, the monks frequently deaden all sound in huge areas of the forest, an extremely eerie experience for anyone passing through.

Ideas  ( Locations ) | December 21, 2004 | View | UpVote 0xp


Creative Commons License
Individual submissions, unless otherwise noted by the author, are licensed under the
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License
and requires a link back to the original.

We would love it if you left a comment when you use an idea!
PayPal
Powered by Lockmor 4.1 with Codeigniter | Copyright © 2013 Strolen's Citadel
A Role Player's Creative Workshop.
Read. Post. Play.
Optimized for anything except IE.
0.0207