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June 11, 2009, 12:48 am

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Demon Tick


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


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.


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.


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.

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Voted Cheka Man
June 11, 2009, 10:48
A suitable foul creature to plauge your PCs with.
Voted Scrasamax
June 18, 2009, 1:19
Not bad, but this feels only half done.
Voted Murometz
June 22, 2009, 17:16
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, 20:04
Agreed - I do like this, and there is room for more meat on this one.

Voted axlerowes
October 23, 2010, 16:21

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, 16:37

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.

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Corpse Herders

       By: Murometz

The Jiangsi was the name of an undead being in Chinese folklore and mythology. Usually translated as zombie or vampire for Western palates, the Jiangsi was really neither. They appeared as simply risen, fresh corpses. They moved (peculiarly!) by hopping rather than walking, and sought out the living to suck the Qilife force from their victims.

Perhaps significantly more interesting than the Jiangsi itself, was the lore surrounding them. "Zombie wranglers", or "Corpse Herders", usually Daoist priests, were men tasked with delivering these undead beings back to their respective home towns. Tradition in China placed great importance and emphasis on the return of the dead to their homes and families, and thus the corpse herders came to be. By using magick words and talismans they would animate the dead, and by placing specially inscribed parchments of paper over the Jiangsi heads and faces, the corpse herders would be able to control the hopping corpses. Then like pied pipers, they would lead processions of subdued undead, across many miles, rhythmically chanting and ringing tiny bells.

Special inns were built across China to house these undead caravans, as the zombies could only travel by evening and night, the sun anathema to them. Rows of doors opening to barely a closet-space, lined the walls of these special establishments. Behind these doors, the corpses would be stored upright while the corpse herders rested in rooms.

The Jiangsi under the control of a corpse herder were quite harmless, merely hopping after him, silently and without complaint, for weeks and months. If however, the magicked parchment would somehow be removed from their faces, the creatures would immediately seek living humans to kill. Their thirst for Qi was unquenchable.

The job of a corpse herder was an interesting one to say the least.

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