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October 11, 2010, 11:14 am

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Eye Flies


The eyes came closer and with them came a growling sound, and the warrior swung at them with his sword. They flew around it, revealing themselves to be harmless insects. The warrior was no Cave Bear or Giant Spider but a pair of Eye Flies out looking for insects to eat that were smaller still.

These large red glowworm-like flies, the size of the average large eye, live in dark caves and their buzzing sounds like the growling of a bear (or alternately, like the sound of the creature/monster of the GM's choice. They feed on even smaller insects that their light attracts, and on the carrion eaten by larger predators where they also lay their eggs. They are not eaten by many things, partly because they taste terrible and partly because they fly around in pairs, the male and the female, and resemble glowing eyes when in the dark. This scares away many predators and so makes life safer for whatever life forms might be in the cave or tunnel, and so it is in the self-interest of the other life forms not to eat the Eye flies. They themselves are more or less harmless if annoying to humans and humanoid races, as they have no stings and their jaws are too small for biting humans. The real danger they possess from a human point of view is lulling the humans into a state of complacency so that when they come up against something really dangerous they are unprepared for it and  get mauled.

(For GMs with a bit of a nasty can have your players encounter these a few times until they start to take them for granted and then have the next set of *eyes* they find really be the eyes of a Cave Bear/Giant Spider/Monster of your choice, meaning they are unprepared for the attack and the monster gets a free attack in on them before they can properly respond.)

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Cheka Man
October 11, 2010, 15:56

No votes at all? :(

Voted slartibartfast
October 11, 2010, 18:46

Hmmm...  might be a bit hard to pull off in a straight campaign.  I can see my players balking at this; not too many monsters have glowing eyes. 

Voted Strolen
October 12, 2010, 11:53

Had to smile. I like the idea. The glow brightness wasn't really mentioned so I pictured it as a slight glow such as a creature would get in their eyes from the reflection in the firelight. I pictured them coming towards the group and then going on opposite sides of a tree.

I like the idea. Idea is great and the thought is easily adaptable.

Voted axlerowes
October 13, 2010, 13:28

Damn, those are perfect, wish I had em a year ago. 

Voted Michael Jotne Slayer
October 14, 2010, 23:59

Good idea, easy to adjust it to fit your game world.

Voted Silveressa
January 10, 2011, 1:10

Fun and handy, the glow being similar to an animals eyes reflecting firelight makes perfect sense, or one could simply change them from glowing to being shiny and reflect ambient light in a similar brightness to an animals eyes.

Either way they make for a nice red herring for groups investigating a haunted forest.

Voted valadaar
May 18, 2013, 21:23
A critter for the garden of some mad wizard somewhere, perhaps behind the looking glass...

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