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The Parasiticon


A vast tome of knowlege that literally gives you the creeps…

Full Item Description

The Parasiticon appears as a rather large text, fully 6" thick with heavy leather binding nearly black with age. Whatever writings which were on the outside have long since worn away.  Within, however, the thick parchment paper is as clean and undamaged as when the book was first penned.



This work, by Melthsar the Abhorrent, represents the lump sum of his knowledge, both mundane and magical, though the latter is carefully hidden within the work. This large, lavishly illustrated tome is filled with encyclopedic articles on hundreds of parasites, mundane and mystical. The author seemed to go into great glee discussing their impacts upon their victims and many of the color plates within (hand painted) are full of very disturbing detail. Subjects include the Ahoi Worm, the Tomb Trilosydes and many others  -Parasite, each more disgusting then the next.

Being prized by only the malevolent of individuals, unconcerned with integration with society, it has been seldom mentioned in official studies of magic.  Those who have made use of it over the centuries have not left records of their works.


Magic/Cursed Properties

Buried within the massive text, detectable only by the odd phrasing or unusual word choice, are powerful enchantments and forbidden spells which cover the Domain of Parasites.

This work contains the collected spells of the Domain of Parasites as (eventually to be..) detailed in that submission.  It also can be used directly for it is heavily infested by the corrupt magic of that school.  One conversant in its powers can draw upon it to summon swarms of various parasites, though only once per week. Should an attempt be made to draw the powers more frequently, the summoned swarm will turn on the user.  One had best hope that this lesson is learned while summoning one of the less lethal alternatives.

Possession of this book will also begin to corrupt the owner.  They will begin to become infested by various small, innocuous parasites at first, but sustain no damage or illness, being but carriers.  As time goes by, they will become more and more infested, both increasing in numbers and in variety, eventually becoming a veritable zoo of the disgusting creatures. The owner, however, will be oblivious to their presence, being neither damaged nor distracted by them.  Others in their presence receive no such protection. The owner may appear visibly to be damaged by the pests, but this effect is cosmetic and again unnoticed.

Campaign Use/ Plot Hooks

This item is obviously well suited for a villain to use, even magic-weak persons could use the intrinsic powers of the book to bring pestilence on their enemies. In such a manner, the book could introduce the Domain of Parasites to a campaign.

Typical plots involve the heros being paid to obtain it, remove it from an enemy, or even perhaps destroying it. If the PC’s were to have it fall into their hands they may try and use it, but its effects will likely be disruptive to a party. It is in truth not inherently evil, just extremely loathsome.  Its nature is unlikely to appeal to any but the most depraved or unstable individuals, as its infestation effect will quickly make the user completely revulsive to others.

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Ahoi Worm By: Maggot ( Lifeforms ) Fauna - Water

‘‘Parasitical worms that breed at an alarming rate , these vicious little creatures are indeed a great plague to other aquatic species that share their habitat. It is regrettable that some of them were able to escape their enclosures and infect our local fish stocks. But rest assured good people, that our illustrious and gifted leaders have an excellent reason for encouraging the domestication of these foul things. Trust in a wisdom that exceeds ours by far ‘’.

-Village Spokse man for the Quarsooth initiated aqua-culture project.

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School of Parasitism By: valadaar ( Systems ) Mystical - General

Not all magic is pretty, or fair. Some is cold and exploitive.  This is that kind of magic.

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Tomb Trilosydes By: the Wanderer ( Lifeforms ) Fauna - City/ Ruin

Some places are better left undisturbed…you never know what may be waiting there for you.

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Voted Cheka Man
October 30, 2007, 14:09
The owner will not be invited to any parties, that's for sure.
Voted Scrasamax
October 30, 2007, 15:02
Now that is just nasty, I like the effect of possessing the book being that the owner becomes a walking paradise for parasites. So nasty!
Voted manfred
October 30, 2007, 17:18
Ohhh, I must say I love the curse part as well, that's just a great closing part for the fine book.

(Aside: I wonder what the relation to these guys is?)
Voted dark_dragon
November 7, 2007, 12:41
hoooo. Nice book. Nasty knowledge. Lots of trouble. coool!
April 1, 2010, 18:45
Wow, disgustingly beautiful.
August 21, 2010, 0:02
This, this is certainly a unique submission!
Voted MysticMoon
February 20, 2011, 18:54

Wonderfully disgusting. Definitely useful for a memorable villain.

Voted PoisonAlchemist
July 17, 2011, 2:42

This is very well thought out, and the idea of hiding some secret malvolent scripture and spells in plain sight has great plot potential. Parasites have that unnerving factor to them, this is a great addition to a horror game. I can't think of anything that could make this better.


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Creatures of nightmare, the thankfully rare Mesnoi have unique form and attributes. Only one Mesnoi at a time will ever be "encountered".

In appearance, a Mesnoi resembles a walnut-sized chunk of freshly-roasted red meat from some uncertain yet familiar, edible animal. The insidious creature camouflages itself quite appropriately whenever it can, by slowly making its way amidst feast tables and trays of roasted meats.

Once eaten by the unsuspecting, the Mesnoi sinks down to the stomach, reforming if chewed, and begins to lap up the gastric fluids, digestive juices, and bile that it craves, like a sponge.

The Mesnoi carrier will experience mild to severe stomach pains during this time.

After a few hours of this (this is the only time that the Mesnoi can be purged with magic, or other mundane means), the Mesnoi transforms into its true form inside its victim, that of a miniature, once more walnut-sized, pot-bellied, devil-horned, snake-tailed imp. This horrid little creature then begins to chew and eat its way out of the victim from the inside out with its tiny, razor-sharp teeth, like a rat forced to do so via torture.

The victim almost always dies a slow, agonizing death. That much is certain. The devilish imp then exits its victim and begins its seventy two hour existence of mischief and malevolence, until it once more turns back into a hunk of roasted meat with the movement capabilities of a snail.

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