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Zap Flies

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You hear a loud electronic buzzing, almost as if a runaway lawn mower mated to a taser gun is rampaging through the slimy cattails and weeds towards you before a swarm of huge flies erupt from the low scrub in front of you, electricity dancing between their mandibles.

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Often found in thick swamps or near pools of stagnant water, Zap flies are the bane of any explorer. These basket ball sized flies seek out living prey as opposed to the carrion feeding practices of their smaller cousins.

Once the odor of a living creature is detected by their sensitive pheromone receivers these insects assault in an aggressive swarm of a half dozen or more, using an electric shock generated between their mandibles to subdue prey instead of biting.

Once the prey is unconscious the flies then seek out any exposed flesh, using powerful secretive acids and abrasive discs on the ends of their probisbis to dissolve patches of flesh into a loose slurry they eagerly ingest.

Victims that survive such an attack often have horrible circular sores across their bodies that often become horrendously infected with a vile runny pus, and eventually heal to hideous scars, providing the victim surives such wasting sickness.

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During mating season, the flies inject their larvae directly into the eyes and bodily orifices of the unconscious host, rendering it deaf and blind, so even if it survives this violation it will quickly weaken, making it all the easier for the larvae to hatch and devour the helpless victim from the inside out.



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Voted Cheka Man
April 30, 2008, 12:35
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I've never encountered a submission quite like this before. Nasty creatures.
Voted Scrasamax
April 30, 2008, 13:01
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Indeed, very nasty.
Voted valadaar
April 30, 2008, 20:20
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Pretty nasty critters.

If these are for a fantasy campaign, the description is a little too modern - Tasers, etc.

Basketball sized - the main body or the sphere including the wings? Either case these bugs are huge!
Silveressa
May 1, 2008, 0:51
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They were designed more for a post apocalypse or space faring campaign actually, hence the runaway lawnmower reference in the description. (I almost added in a bit about shotguns and flamers being the preferred weapon of choice to counter these pests but figured that pigeon holed them a bit too much as far as high tech/low tech versatility)

As for size, that includes the wing span.
Cheka Man
May 1, 2008, 14:07
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If you got one of these when it was a maggot, could you tame it and make it your pet?
Voted Mourngrymn
May 1, 2008, 16:21
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Cheka... your weird. :)

Im not sure what does this for me. If there were not elecricity shooting, small cat sized insects that agressively feed on living flesh... then I may have talked into liking them. As it is though.... the feed portion is ok, the laying of larva is ok... the fact that they leave scars and wounds tend to get infected is even ok... Something about the direction this sub came from and went just did me wrong.

I don't have any issues with this being for a post aapocalyptic setting, on the contrary they seem more fitted to something a tad more modern and even sci-fi. Its just something in the way they were described, or lack of a lot of description perhaps, is what made me not take this and enjoy it.
Silveressa
May 2, 2008, 16:50
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I didn't go into a whole lot of description since they are for general appearances simply an enlarged common creature so a lengthy description would have been redundant.

I'm not sure if you could tame it as a pet since like most insects, as soon as it becomes hungry it immediately goes in search of food. Anyone attempting to tame one would therefore need to keep a readily available supply of food near by. (And once it pupated the food supply would then have to be living for the insect to show any interest.)

Although; I suppose in a post apocalypse setting a sufficiently vile and crazed person could raise one or more of the creatures by feeding it scraps of meat then after pupation allowing to to feed upon a slave, or even their own body when food was scarce.
Voted Michael Jotne Slayer
May 20, 2008, 12:26
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I linked this to Insects (and Spiders and other creepy crawlies) for you. I thing this is a simple solid submission. As a stand alone it's not terribly original, but as a part of a codex it's very useful. Solid.

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While setting up camp for the night, the PC's are aproached by another group of adventurers who seem nice enough. The road is somewhat dangerous and the other group suggests camping together. The two bands split watches, one adventurer from each group watching at once. The night goes by without incident, the next day the PC's travel with the other group as they are going the same way.

The group consists of Hordel the ranger, who is skilled with the bow. Hordel is a quiet man who speaks little but appears quite skilled. Dremar is a barbarian who is a little excentric, he seems to be an excasive drinker and thiunk that battle is the solution to everything. He appears to be a stout and powerful fighter with his greataxe. Ferrin is the leader of the group, a rouge by trade. He is daft and witty, speaking with the PCs often and asking many questions. He fights with finesse with his rapier. Preminitat as a cleric but he will not say which god he worships. He uses his spells to empower and heal his party and fights with a club. He sticks close to Ferrin. Ferrin is a great talker and tells much of himself and his party, but asks even more about the history and capabilities of the PCs. He tells of some adventures his party has had, and they seem like an interesting group of mercenaries. Hordel is quite and has little interest in speaking with the PCs, he ignores most questions. He spends a lot of time with Dremar and sometimes Ferrin. Dremar seems to not care about any questions ansked to him, nor does he seem to know the answers. He seems battle hardened and is a simple man. Preminitat rarely starts conversations but will speak with the PCs. However, some of his accounts of the party's history seem to condradict those of Ferrin.

The Party spends another night and day with Ferrin's group. One of four things can happen on the third night.
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2: Hordel gets mad after repeated questioning about his life from the PCs.
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4: One of the PCs rejects the offer of a drink from Dremar and he takes it as an insult.
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