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November 13, 2005, 12:35 pm

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Skeleton Worm aka Glisten Worms


The undead horror shambled forward. Peaking out from under its tattered leather armor is a roll of slick smelly maggot worms.

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Glisten Worms range in size from four to twelve thumbs length (an inch and some more, 3 cms). They are considered carrion worms because they are always associated with dead things. While they do eat decaying flesh, it is not their primary food source. Glisten worms constantly sucrete a sticky liquid as they move that allows them to stick to walls and almost any surface. This is where they get one of their common names. The worm is the only thing that does not stick tight to the goo. The glisten goo has another purpose, it provides additional food for the worm. It collects insects that would feed on the carrion. The glisten also serves as a medium of growth for certain fungi that the worms eat.  A body infested with Glisten Worms will decompose at a rate eight times slower than a body without.

Note: the sticky substance will only hold insect sized things, it is not that strong.

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They will sometimes colonize skeletonal remains, as their glisten will draw some insects to the bones.  Some animated skeletons will have Glisten worms colonies in them. This will create a wriggling boil of worms forming muscle appearing mass.

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Voted Cheka Man
November 13, 2005, 17:50
They make the undead extra yucky.
Voted Scrasamax
November 14, 2005, 17:29
Only voted
Voted Zylithan
November 18, 2005, 0:16
I like it - adds a lot of character to a normal ho-hum zombie or skelly.
Voted valadaar
May 6, 2013, 11:37
This says Creepshow all over it :)

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Bag on a Stick

Very simple gag but a great one, since it can be used multiple times over, even in the same adventure. Great for tribal natives gone restless and humanoids, but anyone can have set this up. Just what the header says, a simple bag over a stick stuck in the ground or floor.

As GM you can place the bag on a stick anywhere, in a floor crack the heroes have passed before, outdoors in a clearing or path, or at the edge of the PCs' encampment the following morning, what have you. Place anything on the stick - a coiled yellow viper angered by the bag removal, mini crossbow w/poison, transdermal hallucinatory drug dusted on the bag, yellow mold colony, an NPC ally's head, a weapon, scroll tube or satchel, what have you.

The idea is to build tension and/or stall for time/distract the party. Provided it's used properly, you'll be amazed at how paranoid players will get from this simple gag.

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