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November 2, 2005, 1:53 pm

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The horrible and hated Nail Worm


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, 15:53
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, 1:22
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, 4:13
It ought to dissolve the hair, silk and woolen clothing and the epidermis too.
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?
July 29, 2006, 17:27
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, 16:01
Strange beast, but funny!
Voted Murometz
February 28, 2008, 20:57
I like this thing! Not sure what else to add though :)
February 29, 2008, 18:41
That is its purpose, of course. :)

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       By: Murometz

Hu was an ambassador of the Seventh Emperor of the Reng Dynasty. Throughout his life he traveled across many miles and lands to entreaty with neighboring kingdoms and the semi-savages who dwelled amidst the Metal Mountains.

During one such diplomatic mission, Hu was gifted a small iron marble as a gesture, by a shaman of the Kiy-Kiy tribe. Little else is known of Hu, but that marble was lost and is now somewhere out there for someone to find.

A tiny, shiny sphere, the marble has several properties. First and foremost it is a strong magnet, considerably stronger than its size and density would indicate.

Secondly, if thrown or rolled upon the ground and the command word is spoken, the iron ball will magically enlarge to either the size of an ogres's head or to that of a great globe, twelve feet in diameter. The rolling ball of either size will continue to roll or fly at the same relative speed it was when launched as a marble, and can thus cause great damage to anything in its path. The magnetic power of the ball will also magnify when enlarged.

Legends claim that the ball has been tossed from besieged castles upon attacking foes and rolled at marching armies in ages past. At the end of such rolls, the larger size globe has been known to not only crush soldiers underfoot, but to also "collect" many dozens of metallic weapons and bits of armor unto itself, appearing as an armored sphere, with swords and spears sticking out from it in all directions.

Owning this powerful marble has its drawbacks. Anyone carrying it on their person, will experience the iron ball's insidious effects after some time. The owner feels no worse for wear, but after two month's time they will suddenly awaken one morning to find that their hair has fallen out completely, their teeth loosened like baby's teeth ready to drop, and their fingernails simply shriveled and sliding off the fingers and toes. Perhaps unbeknownst to the owner at first, the iron ball also renders an owner sterile or barren by this time.

Regular clerical healing will not reverse this horrible malady. Only finding and beseeching a shaman of the Kiy-Kiy tribe to heal the iron ball's effects with their particular brand of magic, will work.

Hu's Iron Ball should be handled carefully by players and gms.

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