This slug like parasite is actually a symbiote. After attaching itself to a warmblooded host, it feeds off that being. However, its tenticles, growing under the skin, act as secondary nerves, increase the victims nerve responses.
A small slug like animal that is a member of the slug family. It is a parasite that attaches itself to any part of a warm blooded animal. It has small teeth on one of its ends. (the end with the eye stalks) and it uses this to open a wound into its host. Then a tongue like tentacle enters through the wound. They go through the body. From here it gradually grows through the eletrical impulses sent through the nerves of the host. It acts as a condutor for the eletrical impulse where it absorbs part of the impulse before sending it along its way.
It improves the reflexes of the host, along with giving it fast healing. Once it one of the tentacles reach the brain the host and the slurg become one mentally. If this happens in an intelligent victim, the victim's IQ will increase. Unfortunately, this will lead to madness.
You can see tentacles spreading throughout the body of the host from the mian part of the slurg through the skin of the host. It is capable of sudden growth of special tentacles called barbs which it shoots out of the skin of the host and at whatever it precives as a threat to it and or its host.
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I like the idea, but it'd be great to see more detail. Is the madness random, because of disruption of normal biology, or is it because of the slug (maybe the slug really likes cheese, so the host becomes cheese-crazy or every fifth word he says becomes 'cheese'). I know intelligence and motivation is a lot to ask of a parasite, but it seems pretty powerful. What does the slug get? Does it eat brains or muscle? Would it ever jump to a new (better?) host? What does the slug gain by hurting its host?
Overall, a cool idea, I'm just curious for more.
An interesting idea but it needs a lot more to it to make it a great submission.
A nice concept, but lacking in development and presentation, it has potential though.
Nice simple write up with a lot of possibilities and strong narrative hooks.
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