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On the muddy banks of the river deltas and the swamps they wait to wrap their prey in their crushing embrace.That is how they got their name.

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There are many different types of Wrapper from the handkerchief-sized to those the size of a carpet, but only the largest are a real threat to humans and humanoid races. These dangerous Wrappers live in the swamps and bogs and deltas near rivers or pools of deep water. A Wrapper resembles a flat carpet the colour of the muddy sand that it buries itself in, with two strong tentacles lined with suckers for a better grip on it’s prey, two eyes and a large toothy mouth.

They are superb ambush predators, waiting for days if need be just under the sand with only their eyes and a soft narrow breathing tube of skin sticking out. When prey steps upon the Wrapper it rises underneath it and in doing so, throws the prey to the ground and wraps it’s muscular body around it. The tentacles wrap around the neck of the prey and try and strangle it, and the Wrapper, which can hold it’s breath even when in combat for up to fifteen minites, rolls into the water and takes it’s victim down with it to drown, whilst biting it again and again at the same time.

A large victim can keep a Wrapper fed for a whole month before it needs to eat again.

October is the mating season of the Wrappers where the males shed their dull colouration, replacing it with glossy rainbow colours, and stage wrestleing matches with each other for the benifit of the female Wrappers who mate with the victors.These fights almost never lead to death or serious injury, the loser merely loses his chance to mate until the next year.

Female Wrappers lay three or four eggs a year and are very protective of their babies, feeding them until they are six months old with milk from their breasts, after which the young Wrappers can swim away and hunt on their own.

When a Wrapper infringes upon another’s territory, the two will go into the water and display to each other their size and the length of their tentacles,and the smaller retreats. Should two of equal size meet a savage battle will erupt and the loser could die or be left too injured to hunt, resulting in a slow death by starvation.

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Although fast in water,Wrappers are slow on land and will not pursue very far. They are also quickly repeled by spiked armour and will disengage and flee into the water as soon as they feel the spikes,unless their eggs or babies are threatened in which case they will try and trip up the attacker with their tentacles and then pull him or her into the water to be dragged down by the armour that he or she is wearing.



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Voted CaptainPenguin
November 7, 2005, 20:48
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Pretty schveet.
I would point out that this is a little bit similar to the D&D Cloaker (one of the dumbest monsters ever), but that's okay, because it makes more sense.
Voted MoonHunter
November 7, 2005, 22:54
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I will pretty much echo what CP said. It is better done than those creatures which are just bizzare things added to dungeons. Your critters have better ecology.
Voted Zylithan
November 16, 2005, 23:51
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I agree with my predecessors except for one thing. Cloakers ROXORED! okay, maybe not. Monster manuals have come a long way, huh?

I have just one question... I am picturing a carpet with two tentacles and some eyes and a mouth... and then you say they have breasts! wha? i'm gonna change that to just nipples maybe or something...
Cheka Man
November 29, 2005, 15:54
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The breasts are on the inside unless being used to feed their babies.
Voted Murometz
May 8, 2006, 10:20
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I like these critters! and love this paragraph:

"October is the mating season of the Wrappers where the males shed their dull colouration, replacing it with glossy rainbow colours, and stage wrestleing matches with each other for the benifit of the female Wrappers who mate with the victors.These fights almost never lead to death or serious injury, the loser merely loses his chance to mate until the next year."

Also, these dont remind me of Cloakers at all. They remind me more of a bizarre cross between a Trapper/Lurker Above and a Froghemoth :D

Nice Cheka!
Voted Iain
May 8, 2006, 10:55
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Nice one. An excellent and bizarre monster.
Voted Mourngrymn
May 8, 2006, 14:11
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These are just plain weird. Indeed I was imagining a Cloaker when reading this. BUt it seemed more like a carpet pissed off at the world. I understand what it is, and the fact it has a semblance of a personality, unlike the aformetnioned critters, I still can't get it out of my head that it looks like a carpet. Its kind of cool none-the-less though with its ecology detailed out as it is... good job on the weird factor Cheka...
Voted valadaar
March 28, 2007, 10:02
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If you were a carpet, would'nt you be ticked at the world? Or at least golf cleats?

Nicely done Cheka!
Murometz
March 8, 2008, 7:30
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BUMP, and :) to val's comment.
valadaar
March 10, 2008, 8:56
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Oh, Cheka - check out the spacing on your commas in the last paragraph. One space after commas! :)


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