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Giant Mussel

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The Giant Mussel is probebly the only creature in the world that can, if you are not careful, lick you to death…

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The Giant Mussel looks like a normal mussel except for it’s massive size, up to three feet high and six feet across. It’s flesh is sweet, and if properly prepared by a doctor or anyone with proper medical knowledge can help the sick. And in a few great pearls can form, that range from the size of the fist of a baby human, to the size of a King’s Royal Orb.

Most value these pearls for their size and rareity, but a skilled wizard or witch can use them to summon Elementials, spirits and the lesser Demons.And the most skilled of the witches and wizards can bind those that they summon into the pearls, that can then be stored and used as grenades in major battles, when they break from the pearl and slay those humans or Merpeople nearest to them. (If a pearl is used in a small skirmish, the chances are that the summoned being will not be cut down by those near it and will then turn on the summoner.

These Mussels only eat plankton and are harmless unless they feel attacked,in which case they lash out with their sticky *feet*, covering their attacker with glue which rapidly solidifies. A lone Mussel’s foot is easy to dodge, but when one reacts the rest do, and a Mer-person or human who strays near the center of the Mussel bed can be glued down very quickly. If not cut free, he or she will remain stuck until,in the case of a human,drowning takes place, or in the case of a Merperson, he or she starves to death.

Some law courts amongst the Merpeople use a bed of these Mussels as a place of execution or long-term imprisonment. Without help from others it is impossible to get free once stuck down.Most of these Mussels are grown and tended by Merpeople to provide meat and pearls and to help to feed whole Mer-Cities, and they harvest from the edges of the bed to avoid the sticky “feet”. A few grow on their own and there have been cases where unwary humans or lone Merpeople far from home have been trapped and have drowned or starved.

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Voted Dragon Lord
November 11, 2005, 9:20
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Yep - I can see such a creature evolving

Nice example of the sort of background detail that makes a world "real"

3.5 / 5
Voted Zylithan
November 16, 2005, 22:18
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A "realistic" animal. But how to use it...
Murometz
February 20, 2006, 19:13
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love slightly altered versions of regular beasties!
Voted valadaar
March 22, 2007, 12:10
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An interesting encounter - well done!
Voted Murometz
December 14, 2015, 18:24
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Since this popped up as a daily highlite...

Why do you say that its flesh if prepared by a "doctor" can help the sick? I don't get it.

I hope it can also be prepared by a "chef", and simply taste good. :)

This could also use a once-over for typos.

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Mesnoi

       By: Murometz

The food that eats you back.

Creatures of nightmare, the thankfully rare Mesnoi have unique form and attributes. Only one Mesnoi at a time will ever be "encountered".

In appearance, a Mesnoi resembles a walnut-sized chunk of freshly-roasted red meat from some uncertain yet familiar, edible animal. The insidious creature camouflages itself quite appropriately whenever it can, by slowly making its way amidst feast tables and trays of roasted meats.

Once eaten by the unsuspecting, the Mesnoi sinks down to the stomach, reforming if chewed, and begins to lap up the gastric fluids, digestive juices, and bile that it craves, like a sponge.

The Mesnoi carrier will experience mild to severe stomach pains during this time.

After a few hours of this (this is the only time that the Mesnoi can be purged with magic, or other mundane means), the Mesnoi transforms into its true form inside its victim, that of a miniature, once more walnut-sized, pot-bellied, devil-horned, snake-tailed imp. This horrid little creature then begins to chew and eat its way out of the victim from the inside out with its tiny, razor-sharp teeth, like a rat forced to do so via torture.

The victim almost always dies a slow, agonizing death. That much is certain. The devilish imp then exits its victim and begins its seventy two hour existence of mischief and malevolence, until it once more turns back into a hunk of roasted meat with the movement capabilities of a snail.

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