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June 25, 2008, 7:40 pm

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Manna Mosquitos


It is said that the bite of a Manna Mosquito can turn someone with no magical power into a spellcaster, but few are willing to pay the price for such power.

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The Manna Mosquitos exist in only a few, highly magical locations like the Sorcery Springs Geyser Basin. Slightly larger then normal mosquitos, they have a ravenous appetite for blood. Instead of spreading disease however they spread magic. A non-magical person bitten by one of these can often gain a limited ability to cast magic, but at a price few are willing to pay.True mages and witches avoid these pests as much as possible.

Additional Information

There are two big problems with allowing these to bite you and thus gain magical power from them. First, if too many bite and too much blood is taken, it can lead to severe weakness or even death.

The second thing is, the bites itch like crazy for days afterwards, and giving into the urge to scratch them can set off random magic as shown in the table below.

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2-No effect except that the bites bleed.
3-the area bitten turns green but without other ill effects.
4-Random lightning spell goes off from bite site, burning the caster and whoever it hits
5-Short term change of gender (for an hour)
6-Bites explode, causing severe harm
7-Bites start singing random song when scratched
8-Small dead things (rats, frogs, toads, snakes) re-animate as Undead if within three foot of the person scratching.
9-Rotting spell cast on bite area, effects can range from mildly annoying to deadly depending on how bad it gets.
10-Random love spell cast straight ahead of scratching person with maximum range of twelve feet.
11-Person gains the powers of a priest of Mathom, the God of Delays for a whole hour, much to the immense annoyence of those around him.
12-Random flying spell cast on bite site, causing victim to hover a foot off the ground and find moving very difficult. Effects last for fifteen minites before it wears off.

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Voted Golanthius
June 26, 2008, 16:44
I really find this entertaining and I will most certainly be using this in my campaign. My players will go crazy over this.
Excellent job Cheka...
Voted valadaar
June 28, 2008, 20:00
Neat - I'd like to see even more wierdness on the table - D20? :P
Voted MoonHunter
July 1, 2008, 18:09
Basic, but odd, creature. I would like more to the chart, but it works for me.

Now what happens if someone is allergic to these things? Is this a sign of a magi?

What happens if they get taken out of a magical area?
Voted Pieh
July 1, 2008, 18:34
I dont really care for it. Random un-themed effects are overdone. But the fact that it is a mosquito is a unique twist, I might be able to use that, maybe make the effects a bit more related to the bite. And I would just take out #8... replace it. It might make sense if the mosquitos had some sort of ties to necromancy, but as is it feels a little wierd to me. Not bad overall, not great either.
July 12, 2008, 10:42
I second pretty much what valadaar said.

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Wet Faeries

       By: Murometz

Sages and naturalists frown at the common name given to these strange creatures by the small folk, but sometimes the silliest nicknames for creatures, places and people persevere in the minds of many. “Purifiers”, “Pond Jellies”, “Breath-Stealers”, “Lung-Ticklers” and “River Butterflies” are much less commonly heard appellations for these life forms. Wet Faeries are basically (and simply) a species of fist-sized, fresh-water jellyfish. Several traits steer them toward the peculiar category however. Firstly, Wet Faeries are nearly invisible in the water, much like their marine cousins but even more so. One can swim in a river swarming with these critters and not even notice their presence. Secondly, they possess the unique ability to clean and purify whatever body of water they inhabit. They do this via some sort of biological filtration process, sucking in all toxins present in the water, and releasing it back in its purest form. Needless to say, they are both a blessing and a curse to whichever folk dwell beside the rivers and lakes Wet Faeries inhabit. On one hand, no purer water can be found anywhere than a Wet Faerie lake or pond, and yet, in “pure” water “life” tends in fact to die out, lacking the needed nutrients to prosper. Thirdly, their “sting” is (unfortunately) virulently poisonous to all mammalians. Wet Faeries are loathe to sting anyone or anything, using their barbed fronds as a last line of defense, but if stung, most swimmers will suffer respiratory arrest, and die within minutes, usually drowning before they can make it back to shore.

Alchemists, druids, and less savory characters have studied these creatures over the years, and have predictably found all the ways Wet Faeries could be exploited. Morbidly humorous, some bards find it, that the Poisoners and Assassins Guilds as well as the Healer’s Union, all prize these creatures. The assassins use the extracted venom in obvious fashion, while the priests and healers use the still-living jelly-fish to sterilize other poison potions and to cure those already poisoned on death’s door.

It is known that a certain Earl Von Trumble keeps his vast castle moat stocked with Wet Faeries, the waters so clear that every bone of every one of his past enemies can be clearly seen on the bottom, twenty two feet below.

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