Hope everyone is enjoying this series while I’m tackling the toddler during Spring Break. Working from the phone isn’t as easy or fun as the laptop. First clutch of critters and creations are from Jackie Mallon:
Hiding within the clouds is this fluffy creature. It hates the cold, but it can’t leave in anything warmer than freezing. It resembles a cloud with bare arms, hairy legs, and seven-toed feet. The Jiggywiffle’s mouth is on a stalk coming from the top of its head and it sucks in cold air to absorb the food particles within. Part of its name comes from the way it moves, which is a strange dance that resembles a fast-paced jig. It has been known to land on plane wings out of curiosity, but disappears once it is seen.
The holy relic of the Tribe Whose Name Goes Unsaid. This item is made of ten cylinders of quartz, which have been bound with dried lion gut. It is held by the Grand Priestess who is forbidden from talking as long as she has it. Once a year, she is allowed to hand the Hushbundle to an acolyte and use her voice to sing praise to the Gods. That acolyte must not speak a word or they will be struck dead on the spot.
Found in the southern region of Yerg, this is a local style created by the men who grow very long chest hair. It is trimmed short around the top of the chest, but the bottom is grown long. The record is a man named Terbuck whose Chestmullet grew down to his ankles. He died of broken heart when it got caught in a closing bus door and had to be surgically removed by a professional. (Mrs. Terbuck left him for the surgeon.)
A very peculiar and highly prized plant that stands at eight feet tall. It has a dark yellow stalk with bloated pods hanging off of it. The pods are different sizes, which range from the size of a pea to the size of a watermelon. This is because it’s possible to find a watermelon or a pea in the pod. Sitting in the middle of Farmer Crocker’s land, the Plantopods have been naturally created by the winds mixing all of the crop seeds and pollen. One never knows what kind of plant will be in the pod. Warning: Poisonous mushrooms are a possibility.
A type of deer found within the Anktodo Forest. Standing at about 4 feet tall, they have short blue fur and antlers that twist out to the sides. A swishing tail can be grown within minutes by the rear Rundlebender, which erases their trail. They travel in herds of 20-30 with an alpha male who is in search of the perfect place to die. Seriously. The alpha male is born with the desire to find the perfect resting place and will fight to survive until they find it. Reports of one-legged alphas limping on have been reported. Once they find the spot, the females immediately go into heat and breeding commences.
An addictive plant that grows among pine trees and resembles holly with silver berries. It smells sweet to attract squirrels and birds, which will chew on the leaves. This gives them hallucinations and they leave in a mad rush. Pollen from the Mogleaf is leaked through the pores of an infected animal.
The next set is from Katie Sullivan:
Much like the Rundlebender, this is a type of deer and is found in the same area. It is a carnivorous loner with no antlers. The creature is about 2 feet tall with brown fur and a stump of a tail. Sometimes it can be found lurking within a Rundlebender herd in preparation for the females to go into heat. If it impregnates one, the child is born a full Fizzybender. The name comes from how it eats. It can stretch its mouth large enough to swallow a bear cub and its elastic stomach is filled with quick working stomach acid. A fizzy sound can be heard for an hour when the Fizzybender has eaten and it releases foam from its mouth.
A mad scientist attempted to make a creature that could be killed for bacon and breed quickly. So he combined a pig with a rabbit. The result is this long-eared, pink-furred creature with a snout and whiskers. They hop on all fours and have trouble with turns, so they crash into things. The Hogelpheffers live in Castle Xindro where they were created and people go there for daily hunting. As of yet, there has been no dent in their population and the scientist has not been seen in a decade.
Named for two lovers who disappeared in the lake, this large fish is a recent discovery. The red and blue scale pattern resembles two people embracing. It has a large fin on its back that it raises to ward off predators and can grow in size by sucking in water. The whiskers on its face leads people to believe that it is a type of catfish. It is rumored to be a messenger of eternal love, but it appears that couples who see it end up dying together instead of leaving together. There is currently a petition to have the lake exorcized or the fish removed.
Waxlenoggin & Wagensnoz
An alcoholic combination of the Pyrup Islands that each child goes through on their thirteenth birthday. The Waxlenoggin is taken through the mouth and held there without swallowing. It is said to have a sour taste. The Wagensnoz is poured through the nose and is a very spicy alcohol. It mixes with the Waxlenoggin where the tastes combine into a sweet, honey-like mixture. The child’s prestige and reputation are determined by how long they can last without swallowing or spitting out the alcohol. Longer you last, the more respect you earn, but there is a limit. Lasting for an hour results in the child being forbidden from drinking anything other than water for the rest of their life.