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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Dec
18
2018
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Creature Seed: Squirrelnet AIs.

My wife summed this one up pretty neatly: “So, these are magic squirrels, then.”  …Yeah, that’s fair.

Squirrelnet AIs – Google Docs

Squirrelnet AIs

 

Somebody will pay for this, to be sure.  Somebody will pay most grievously — assuming that they can be found.  Whoever it was hid his, her, or its tracks very thoroughly. Note the ‘it,’ by the way: the authorities have still not definitively ruled out that Earth is undergoing a fairly bizarre alien invasion right now.

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Dec
17
2018
1

Creature Seed: Glitch Parasites.

Glitch Parasites – Google Docs

Glitch Parasites

 

Demon possession is a dynamic field of study; there’s always something new coming down the pike.  Possessed masks, rings, swords, mirrors, paintings, cars — every culture has an item that can be hijacked by Infernal interdimensional parasites, and it looks like our item will end up being ‘smartphones.’  Please don’t act surprised at that.

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Nov
11
2018
2
Oct
27
2018
3

Creature Seed: Marrowslugs.

Marrowslugs – Google Docs

Marrowslugs

Description: a foot-long slug with a circular mouth on one end, with the requisite sawtooth fangs.  Marrowslugs smell hideous, are grey-yellow in color, and constantly exude a somewhat toxic mucus that acts as a powerful sedative and hallucinogen.  Marrowslug attacks are downright disgusting, and easily fatal if the victim isn’t treated in time.

Mad Science never really goes away; it just finds new and exciting fields of study to batten off of.  And it doesn’t matter if the new field seems fairly exotic already. Like, say, genetic engineering; your typical Mad Scientist will just simply go farther into the Febrile Lore for the necessary inspiration.  Mad Science is not really a rigorous scientific discipline, in other words. It’s basically a state of mind.

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Oct
24
2018
5

Creature Seed: Asakku.

Asakku – Google Docs

Asakku

 

Asakku are ancient Mesopotamian fever demons.  In appearance they are about three or so inches high, look like the usual mishmash of animal body parts (dog’s head, lion’s legs, bird’s claws and wings), and are generally accompanied by a hot, dry breeze.  They attack humans by infecting them with serious fevers, headaches, and exhaustion. And they’ve always been around.

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