Often encountered in run down ruins and the dark back alleys of cities without proper sanitation Scaleies are often referred to as a beggars best friend, or the poor mans suit of armor.
These Small Â½ inch to 1 inch gray creatures congregate in groups of over a hundred, being rougly diamond shaped, dark gray in appearance with tough scaly topsides and softer underbellies they are often mistaken for crumbled masonry by those unfamiliar with their appearance. Drawn towards a living creature by the vibrations of their movement Scalies quickly leap and skitter towards the person, covering a human sized host in mere moments..
Despite looking like over sized fleas Scalies are actually symbiotic creatures that attach to a persons skin, feeding off their sweat and dead skin cells. Possessing a hard shell and instinctively interconnecting with one another to form a solid covering upon the host creature, they function as make shift scale armor; but are rather ugly and crawly feeling which can drive some people mad over time.
Once attached to a host they are easily removed by grasping them and firmly tugging although they will quickly return to the host body once let go of and picking oneself clean as well as making sure to kill each and every one of them can take a person several hours at best.
While functioning as a suit of living armor these creatures will completely protect the wearers skin from minor damage, such as that from sunburn, insect bites, or thorny vegetation as well as offer a good degree of protection from more lethal attacks such as melee weapons and direct flame.
After being attached to a single person for a week these creatures also adapt their body chemistry to more closely match that of the host, their bodily secretions being absorbed through the hosts skin and acting as a natural antibiotic and anti fungal remedy, making the recipient much more resistant to disease and sickness over all.
Scalies are known to mate in the warm rainy seasons, laying their eggs in pools of stagnant water where they quickly hatch into miniature Scalies that will affix themselves to amphibians and smaller creatures until they are fully grown.
Some merchants also sell these creatures as "self repairing armor" to adventures down on their luck, or those that seek to journey into inhospitable places normal armor would not be practical for; such as heated deserts, verdant jungles and thick foul swamps.