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Fire Flies

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Some people might call them cute, but unlike fireflies that just glow and look pretty, Fire Flies can give you nasty burns if you mess around with them, so look but don't touch.

Fire Flies vary in size according to their type, from the size of ladybirds to that of small scarab beetles, and have evolved a unique defence to spiders and other predators-they spit fire from small holes in their sides. They are a deep violet in colour, and glow at night with a soft purple light as they feed on nectar from certain flowers. Should they get caught in a web, or jumped on by a praying mantis or some other predator, they send out a two second burst of flame that is caused when chemicals in their blood react with oxygen in the air, which they can repeat up to five times in twenty-four hours.

This short burst is hot enough to burn through any spider web and injure or kill any nearby insect, and is enough to hurt even a bird or a human. Whilst one of these insects cannot case  much harm, they tend to fly in groups, and  if one is killed or swatted at, the others will attack. If their nests are damaged, then, much like Crystal Hornets the whole hive, thousands strong, will swarm out and try and kill whoever did it, and in those numbers they can, acting together, even burn a human to death with mutiple bursts of hot flame, hot enough to ignite linen and sear flesh.

If twenty or more can be caught and crushed, and then are prepared by a skilled wizard before they decompose, they can be used in a short term potion that can be used to change someone's voice, that is useful for disguising oneself or impersonating another person.



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Voted axlerowes
October 10, 2009, 19:31
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Neat.

I would have started with much more basic lead in, that explains you are not talking about the bioluminscent firefly (even though the reader already makes that assumption due to the context of the website).
Voted Murometz
October 11, 2009, 12:43
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I like them, they add a nice flavor to a world. I can picture a pc running from a mini-swarm, flailing away, trying to put out little fires on his clothing, or clutching burned spots on his arms while fleeing and grimacing. They can lead to laughs, or they can lead to death. I like.

I would imagine crushed fire-flies could also be used for fire-themed potions and their ilk
Voted Nocontrivedname
October 11, 2009, 19:26
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Hey Checka,

A great idea submitted without an overkill of detail. I think I will us them.

Thanks,
NCN
Voted manfred
October 12, 2009, 17:33
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What a decent little bugger, exactly right for those high-fantasy jungles. Avoid them or kill them fast, or you might end up roasted.

+1 for Muro's image of a running PC on fire... classic. :)
Voted Moonlake
November 4, 2009, 0:17
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Quite a solid sub.

Typo alert: 2nd paragraph, end of 3rd line- "cause" much harm.
Voted valadaar
November 16, 2009, 19:17
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Simple. Straightforward. Useful :)
Voted MysticMoon
March 11, 2012, 10:45
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