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The horrible and hated Nail Worm

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The horrible and hated Nail Worm lives in deep caves near the Evil Labyrinth. It is unknown, whether only one monster exists, or there are several. There was at least one guaranteed sighting in the Labyrinth itself.

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The Nail Worm has no visible eyes, but seems to have other good-working senses. It is about 20 yards long, its body covered with short hair or fur. All grey in color, it is hard to note if not moving. But if it moves, it moves fast and effectively with a sidewards wawe-like movement a few snakes are known to move. Its ‘head’ is not separated from the body, and has no discernible senses. The mouth seems to have many small teeth, or perhaps tentacles. The ‘tail’ is thinner than the rest of the body, and very hard, able to deal strong punches. The beast is maneuvreable and cunning at defeating humanoids.

The Nail Worm meets its prey in underground locations, and somehow produces a thick black cloud. In the ensuing chaos it chooses a victim, and attacks. It should be noted that all attacks deal only subdual damage, be it hitting with the tail, or constricting the victims neck, like some great snakes do. When the victim is knocked out, it begins to feed…

Nobody knows what the Nail Worm normally feeds on, and how does it survive. But the treatment of its victims is know: it begins to suck on their fingers and toes, its saliva dissolving nails.

When the victim returns to senses, the Worm is long gone, and the fingernails too. The victim is free to go and curse that $#%*@ Nail Worm!



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Voted Zylithan
November 9, 2005, 14:53
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Hm. Don't know what to make of this. It's amusing, but not really something I would see using.
Voted KendraHeart
January 8, 2006, 0:22
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Bizzare. So the monster only lives to annoy characters that adventure underground? It was a cool write up that seems to be missing something. I will update my vote when you update this.
Barbarian Horde
July 29, 2006, 3:13
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It ought to dissolve the hair, silk and woolen clothing and the epidermis too.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keratin
Yes I know that I am quite boring when I mix in physics with this creature.
But! There are fungi that feeds on keratin, namely ringworm and footfungi.
Could one modify this to become a animated fungi perhaps?
manfred
July 29, 2006, 16:27
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Or perhaps, it is a symbiotic life-form, the funghal part taking care of metabolism, the other (worm? But what kind of? Or something else?) part takes care of mobility and feeding. The fact that it chooses only one type of keratin may be simply preference for a particular combination of nutrients, or taste. But if particularly hungry, it could eat everything... oh, what a thought, of hairless, nail-less person. :)

Whatever this bizzare creature is, with a small touch of reality it became even weirder. Thank you, unknown person.
Voted valadaar
October 20, 2006, 15:01
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Strange beast, but funny!
Voted Murometz
February 28, 2008, 19:57
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I like this thing! Not sure what else to add though :)
manfred
February 29, 2008, 17:41
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That is its purpose, of course. :)

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