The last one of 2019 and it’s a big one. Thank you to everyone who contributed and I hope everyone enjoyed the fun. See you again in 2020!
The following three beasts have been donated by Kaine Andrews:
A species of rhinoceros, this bulky creature only comes out at night on the plains of Repivolge. It’s thick hide is mottled gray and black with thick bumps that help it sense changes in the air. An oily wax seeps from its pores and follows grooves to pool in a deep hole where one would expect to see a horn. This material comes from the plants that they eat, which roils their stomachs to create the secretion. Locals use the foul-smelling gunk to ward off predators, but it has a more important use. The wax is highly flammable and can be pushed into the form of a horn. When threatened, the Khandelis will stomp and snort to make the trapped liquid jump. The hot air from a second pair of nostrils, found above the eyes, solidifies the wave and one strike on stone turns it into a flaming horn. It is a very dangerous weapon because the sudden burst of light blinds most animals and the Khandelis is incredibly fast when scared.
Raised by the people of Dymdal, this livestock is a type of chicken that can fit in the palm of your hand. Their feathers are combinations of black, red, white, yellow, and green with each one having a unique pattern. Every few years, a purple Spehn is born and hailed as a good omen for as long as it lives. Of course, they take very good care of this animal and make sure it survives for years. The roosters can be as loud as the bigger species, but they call out when the sun is setting. Each member of the flock needs only a few seeds per day to survive and there are thousands throughout the village. Obviously, they are too small to make a meal of, but they are raised for other reasons. The eggs of a Spehn are bigger than those of an ostrich and hold hundreds of yolks if not fertilized. The females only give one egg and grow large and round before passing it with many of them dying in the process. Because of their change in size, the feathers are fluffier than normal and used to make pillows and mattresses. The hard beaks of the Spehn are used as chisels for the artwork that the Dymdal region has become famous for.
Found in the deep caves of Minarza, this bat-like animal never comes out into the open and stays among the stalactites. They feed off the moths and amphibians that thrive in the streams that run through the underground. Even though they never go outside, they know exactly when darkness falls and become active the instant the moon goes away. They have furry bodies and leathery wings like all bats, but they have trouble flying due to having an oddly shaped head. It is wide and flat with gnarled teeth that do not stay inside when it is closed. The appearance is similar to that of a Venus flytrap down to the greenish hue of the tips. The Fanaj’s ears cannot fit on its head, so they are on the sides of the neck instead. Curved hooks are on the elbow to help them catch prey that is bigger than themselves and to stay in the ceiling when they sleep.
The next three monsters have been donated by Deby Fredericks:
Existing in the darkest places of Earth, this shadowy creature absorbs any light that touches its clammy skin. Heat is sucked out of its victims, but it is weak enough for even a child to escape. While some believe it is the source of the Boogieman myth, it has been pointed out that Ubyions are never found in buildings. Those that have been captured die within an hour of being brought inside regardless of the amount of shadows or sources of nourishing heat. An x-ray photograph is the only way to see the creature, which is hunched over and has a streak of hair down its back. While it has legs, it lacks arms and depends on a mass of suction-cupped tendrils that abdomen. Some photos have shown pieces of light coming off its head, which has yet to be explained.
A distant relative of the manatee, this animal is a better choice for the title of ‘sea cow’. It has the wide tail and blubbery body, but it also has horns. This protrusions grow to the same length as its body and are incredibly sharp. They have been known to punch holes in boats and destroy propellers, which is why there is a push to have some relocated to manatee areas as protectors. The problem is that they are very territorial and attack anything that is their size or bigger. Oxanbrau barely pay attention to anything smaller and are known to accidentally eat fish, frogs, and other tiny animals that happen to be in the way of their favorite food of seaweed. An interesting quirk of this beast is that it is attracted to the smell of beer. It will come very close to parties that are nearby and do tricks in the hopes of getting a taste. If close enough, they will lunge out of the water to grab coolers and bottles. It is has been noted that this activity happens predominantly when an Oxanbrau is ready to mate.
This is an ancient demon that is summoned through a complicated ritual of the Herbanda Tribe. It can only exist in our world for 24 hours before it is pulled back to its home dimension. Standing at six feet tall, the Ehrloth has jagged wings that resemble dried leaves and its limbs are very thin. In contrast, its belly is fat and jiggles as if something is trying to get out. Curls of greasy hair fall from its stretched head and its mouth is always open to show the gaping void in its throat. At the tips of its fingers are syringe-like nails that house a hallucinogenic toxin. One dose is enough for a single human and any more is lethal. When the Ehrloth is summoned, the people need to give it ten targets who have wronged them. If there are less then the summoner is added to the list. Each person is made to suffer a week of horrific nightmares, which is why this is considered a vengeance demon. It will only kill if it is injured or if the person who summoned it sacrifices their own life. Upon going home, the Ehrloth leaves a warp in reality that lasts for three hours and can suck anyone who passes through into the other dimension.
The last three creatures have been donated by Victoria Zigler:
This adorable creature looks like a combination of a corgi and jackrabbit. It has the compact body and fox-like face of the dog, but the ears and legs of the jackrabbit. This is probably an escaped experiment since it lives in a single forest where it has trouble finding food. The Wesapoo has survived by manipulating the local human population into giving them food and shelter. While they stay in the forest during the day, they always return to what could only be described as their adopted family. Giving their friendly nature, they are gladly accepted and are allowed to do as they will. Being an invasive species, they are rarely hunted by the foxes and eagles of the area. Their biggest threat is when they jump among the trees and get tangled in the branches. This can lead to them falling and they are not very good at making safe landings.
Living in the humid jungles of the Tolnof Archipelago, these monsters are responsible for occasional snowfalls. They remain in hibernation for most of the year and only come out when temperatures reach points where fires can be started. Some have even risen from underground when a fire is raging to put it out. They resemble large moles with fur that is always covered in frost and gives off an aura of cold. Chilroxes have claws that are really icicles that are growing off their dull nails. A snowflake-shaped hole is at the end of their long noses and they sniff out food, which is dry brush and dying trees. As they eat, they shake their bodies to release icy spores that float to the sky and saturate any clouds. By the end of the day, they are released as a snowstorm that cools the jungle down, but never sticks to the ground. The other animals are given plenty of time to find shelter or leave the area to avoid getting caught in the cold. It is rare that any die unless they are too sick or old to escape.
This incorporeal creature can be found in ocean shallows and is easily mistaken for a patch of fog. Not having a true form, it can be a thick cloud or stretch itself to be thin and barely visible. The only reason it was learned that it was a living organism is because its heartbeat has been caught on devices that are recording whale song. It is a very rapid noise that stops abruptly if the Hazeam is approached. This is not out of fear, but it feeds off the air in the lungs of various animals. Once it surrounds its prey, it allows parts of itself to be inhaled and it is swiftly coughed out. This leaves its victim dizzy and too much exposure results in severe pneumonia.