Sep
17
2019
2

Creature Seed: Psionic Crittertech.

Psionic Crittertech

Well, it’s like this.  During the 1970s there was a lot of psionic research that was being done by both the USSR and the USA; the Russians went in for mechanical and electronic methods that went nowhere, and the Americans went in for biological and genetic techniques that went nowhere.  It turned out the problem was fundamentally that human brains are far too complex to successfully activate most psionic powers.  Trying to do so ‘merely’ doesn’t work, at best — and fries the human cerebral cortex, at worst.

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Jun
27
2019
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THE GORILLA-CROW!, Part 2 (Creature Seed.)

Gorilla-Crow

Corvis gorilla celeri

(Blame this, of course)

Description: Gorilla-crows range about three feet in length and weigh about 35 pounds.  They resemble miniature gorillas with, well, the head of a large-billed crow. Gorilla-crows typically eat insects, small lizards, some plant foods, and every form of junk food ever devised by man.  Lifespan is unknown, but studies suggest that Gorilla-crows reach sexual maturity somewhere in the twelfth year; the oldest individual found appears to be somewhere in her thirties. The cheeky question of how science managed to somehow miss the existence of miniature crow-headed gorillas for the last few decades has not yet been dignified with an answer.

Well.  They’re not really a danger to humanity, yes?  There aren’t packs of Gorilla-crows (or, as the locals mostly call them,  gokarasu) rampaging through the streets of Tokyo, mobbing and eating passerby.  For one thing, the animals are too small, and even in a group they’re not really aggressive, or violent.  But a pack of Gorilla-crows will distract somebody having lunch for long enough for one of them to barrel in, grab and run off with that person’s box of wagashi, and then retreat to share out the pastries in a safe location.  Which they’ll do: Gorilla-crows love sweets.

On the other hand; they’re smart.  Smart enough to get bribed and stay bribed with a bag of snack foods.  Smart enough to reliably recognize people who are nice (or mean!) to them.  Smart enough to not go after anybody who is obviously poor. And, in one documented case, even smart enough to go get a cop when somebody was having a heart attack.  Which means that they are definitely smart enough that the Japanese now get very, very intense when anybody looks like they want to test gokarasu to anything resembling destruction.  There’s just something about the critters that appeals.

Which is nice, of course, but it’d still be great if it could be worked out where Gorilla-crows come from. Aliens are right out, time travel is fantasy, interdimensional portals are nonsense, and surely people would have noticed the existence of crow-headed miniature gorillas before now.  So it’s probably just good old-fashioned bleeding-edge genetic engineering with the safety interlocks removed. Time to track down the lab!

…Well, I don’t know.  This is more your team’s skill set, surely?  Start by tracking the Gorilla-crows themselves.  Ask around the neighborhoods, see if there are any commonalities to how the animals got there.  Remember: however they got to Tokyo, it was probably by walking. Well, at least padding. Although if a pack of Gorilla-crows simply took the trains, surely somebody would have noticed that.

Jun
25
2019
2

Creature Seed: Zombie Cicadas.

Zombie Cicadas

Magicicada septendecim mumia

(Blame this)

Description: imagine a seventeen year locust.  Now give it a half-eaten undead appearance, apparent mummy wrappings (actually, flaking chitin), and eyes that glow red in the dark.  And they can fly, too! …Of course they can, because that’s all the situation needed, really.

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Apr
26
2019
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Creature Seed: Thano-nano.

Thano-nano

For what it’s worth, Thano-nano is not natural.  It’s also not exactly unnatural, either — OK, let’s start from the beginning.  Once upon a time, there was a sector of space that had two competing space empires, each spanning about a hundred and fifty worlds or so.  The two empires fought. The war lasted a while.

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Apr
04
2019
5

Creature Seed: Dandelion Dryads.

Dandelion Dryads

Strictly speaking, they should be known as Leimakids, given their Grecian origins, but these meadow spirits have absolutely no ties — implicit, explicit, and particularly integral — to their Hellenistic ancestors.  ‘Dandelion Dryads’ they were first called by the Department of the Interior, back in 1855, and Dandelion Dryads they remain.  By now that’s probably even their True Name; these matters of nomenclature can be fluid.

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Feb
26
2019
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Creature Seed: Sanguinary Paperlouse.

Sanguinary Paperlouse

Trogium pulsatorium cruentorum

Description: when not battening on blood, these are very, very tiny insects that eat library glue and paste.  When they are battening on blood, this is a collection/collective of blood-red, glowing, very tiny insects that very slowly and painfully eat human flesh. Think “leprosy” more than “piranha attack,” in terms of how quickly the damage spreads.

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Feb
06
2019
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Creature Seed: Zombeans.

Zombeans

Phaseolus vulgaris lemurum

Appearance: essentially, it’s an Undead bush colored a particularly unpleasant shade of mottled white, brown, and purple.  The bush is mildly mobile, but moves very slowly. Zombeans are digestable, vaguely nutritious, and (barely) edible.

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Jan
26
2019
2

Creature Seed: Hell Aphids.

Hell Aphids – Google Docs

Hell Aphids

 

Description: take an aphid, make it about ten inches long, and give it fangs that drip foul smelling sugar.  Hell Aphids have working wings, a white carapace streaked with purple and green blotches, and typically make any number of unpleasant sounds.  Hell Aphids do register as faintly magical, if such spells exist in the campaign.

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Jan
18
2019
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Creature Seed: Hurricane Ghosts.

Hurricane Ghosts – Google Docs

Hurricane Ghosts

 

Strictly speaking, they’re not exactly ghosts.  Well, they’re not supernatural ghosts.  Turns out that the fluid dynamics equations needed to model hurricanes are sufficiently complex that they can break the boundary line between ‘very baroque mathematics’ and ‘straight up magic.’  It all depends on whether there’s an esoterically inclined idiot of sufficient power in close enough proximity to the storm.

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Jan
06
2019
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Creature Seed: Epiphany Dryads.

Epiphany Dryads – Google Docs

 

Epiphany Dryads

Description: Essentially, it’s a dryad zombie.  Resembles a regular dryad, except that the bark/skin is visibly rotting off, the eyes are pure white, the hands are extended to nightmarish lengths, and what needles still remain attached are black and oozing.  Epiphany Dryads never speak.

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