Monster Maker Fun 2017: Creatures Donated by Karen Oberlander

The following three creatures were donated by Karen:

Feliminglers

These colony-living creatures are found on ocean cliffs where they use mud and shells to create their home.  Adding a sticky sap that is produced from under their fingernails, they form a network of tunnels along the stone.  Nothing short of a jackhammer can get through the material, except for the entrances and exits.  These are covered with a thin layer of dirt that the Feliminglers can easily push through to leave in search of food, water, and get some sun.  Rat-like in appearance, they are bald above the neck and the skin is a glistening silver.  This is to help them catch fish, which is a harrowing task.  They release another type of sticky sap from their webbed feet to create a tether to the stone and leap into the ocean. Using their heads as bait, they get fish close enough that they can deliver a crushing bite.  Their jaws are able to stretch a foot out from their tiny bodies, which allows them to strike before they are eaten.  It is still dangerous because sharks, seals, toothed whales, eagles, and other large animals may be attracted to the lure.  Feliminglers have no defense against these predators except for working in numbers, but that is still no match for a full-sized shark or orca.

Rastadiles

Growing to six feet long and known for eating anything, these crocodilians are found in southern suburbs.  It is unclear where they came from, but the top theory is that they are a subspecies born from a surge of pets that fizzled out in the 1990’s.  These animals were cast into the wild in the hopes they would enter the swamps, but they remained.  Needing to get through narrower channels and the occasional barred sewer entrance, they are able to compress their body until it is only an inch thick.  This can only work if they haven’t eaten recently because they can’t flatten their stomach when it has solid food.  Having the black coloration of an alligator and the v-shaped snout of a crocodile, many believe these beasts are a crossbreed.  One of their more bizarre habits is that they are attracted by music and have been known to enter parties then sit in a trance.  This fact is very useful in capturing those that have become a danger or avoid an attack because they will stop if you play anything other than Kid Rock music.  A final note is that Rastadiles that are released into swamps end up transforming to mimic either a crocodile or alligator instead of retaining their original size and shape.

Wheezters

As expected, these organisms communicate through a variety of wheeze-like noises that can be very startling at night.  Many times people mistake Wheezters for stalkers, peeping toms, and spies because it always feels like it is coming from just outside the window.  The reason for that is because they are thumb-sized animals with plant-like properties, which is why scientists are still trying to classify them.  Brick red with ebony wings, they mostly resemble grasshoppers in terms of body and leg shape.  Yet, their head is wide and has a trio of compact eyes in the center.  Wheezters also have tiny flowers on their underbellies, which they shed when scared. This act releases a wave of pollen that every animal is severely allergic too. This includes the Wheezters themselves and they use this to help them communicate.  Before chirping, one will pluck two flowers with its back legs and rub them to create a small cloud of pollen. This causes them to wheeze and they control the type of noise to relay whatever it is they wish to say. It is unclear if they eat plants, animals, use photosynthesis, or survive solely on water because nobody has yet to see they hunt or eat.

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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12 Responses to Monster Maker Fun 2017: Creatures Donated by Karen Oberlander

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  2. L. Marie says:

    These are all hilarious! 😀 😃 😄 😁 Especially the Rastadiles. How sad that the Wheezters are allergic to their own pollen. Hopefully communication is worth the effort.

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  3. All great, but especially like the Wheezters – I suspect there are some walking (or hopping) our apartment block corridors at night – usually about 3am 😱😄

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  4. You and Karen make a great team. These were very clever.

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  5. Very good monsters, I got a laugh out of all of them.

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