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October 29, 2005, 5:27 pm

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The Slurg


This slug like parasite is actually a symbiote. After attaching itself to a warmblooded host, it feeds off that being. However, its tenticles, growing under the skin, act as secondary nerves, increase the victims nerve responses.

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A small slug like animal that is a member of the slug family. It is a parasite that attaches itself to any part of a warm blooded animal. It has small teeth on one of its ends. (the end with the eye stalks) and it uses this to open a wound into its host. Then a tongue like tentacle enters through the wound. They go through the body. From here it gradually grows through the eletrical impulses sent through the nerves of the host. It acts as a condutor for the eletrical impulse where it absorbs part of the impulse before sending it along its way.

It improves the reflexes of the host, along with giving it fast healing. Once it one of the tentacles reach the brain the host and the slurg become one mentally. If this happens in an intelligent victim, the victim’s IQ will increase. Unfortunately, this will lead to madness.

Additional Information
You can see tentacles spreading throughout the body of the host from the mian part of the slurg through the skin of the host. It is capable of sudden growth of special tentacles called barbs which it shoots out of the skin of the host and at whatever it precives as a threat to it and or its host.

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Voted Zylithan
November 9, 2005, 12:03
I like the idea, but it'd be great to see more detail. Is the madness random, because of disruption of normal biology, or is it because of the slug (maybe the slug really likes cheese, so the host becomes cheese-crazy or every fifth word he says becomes "cheese"). I know intelligence and motivation is a lot to ask of a parasite, but it seems pretty powerful. What does the slug get? Does it eat brains or muscle? Would it ever jump to a new (better?) host? What does the slug gain by hurting its host?

Overall, a cool idea, I'm just curious for more.
Voted valadaar
January 31, 2007, 11:08
An interesting idea but it needs a lot more to it to make it a great submission.
Voted Silveressa
July 11, 2011, 14:00

A nice concept, but lacking in development and presentation, it has potential though.

Voted axlerowes
October 31, 2012, 15:13
Nice simple write up with a lot of possibilities and strong narrative hooks.
Voted Dozus
October 31, 2012, 15:38
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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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