Welcome back to another Friday of Monster Maker Fun. Our first 3 critters come from the words submitted by D. Wallace Peach.
A surprisingly large beast found in the sky, the Arcanix has the form and color of a vivid rainbow. At its two ends are false clouds, which they hide within real ones to give the illusion of it going to the ground. Being so high up, only people above the cloud cover tend to notice them. Your average person won’t be able to tell that something is wrong. The Arcanix has barely any weight, which allows it to stay aloft, but it lacks the power to fight powerful winds. The best it can do is fuse its cloud pieces to real ones and let itself be taken along. Don’t let the beauty fool you though because it is a big hazard. While it looks like a rainbow, it is actually solid and has been known to place its body in front of flying objects. This would be like hitting a mountain. Once its prey makes impact, the Arcanix folds itself to dissolve as much as possible.
Here we have a murderous undead found in urban areas, which gets its name from the shriek it makes before killing. It looks like a long-haired human with skeletal arms and rotting legs. The torso is gaunt, but in better condition than the rest of the body. As for the head, it dangles because of the heavy teeth jutting out of the mouth. These teeth are double-edged and able to cut through steel, especially thanks to the Zamarikill’s powerful bite force. Nobody is sure why it says ‘Zamari’ before attacking or how it picks its victims, who come back as simple skeletons. It is believed that there is only one per territory and all attempts to draw two into the same area have been met with failure. The closest one has gotten is getting two Zamarikills within sight of each other, but they refused to turn towards one another. Eliminating this creature garners a few months of piece before another appears from the nearest graveyard.
Protected by a plated shell, this lumbering plains beast is peaceful and approachable by humans. Weighing 4 tons, it is nearly impossible to flip over by any predator, so it has no fear from anything it can see. It can see through its own shell, which is a mottled gray to those outside. This allows it to stay fully protected as it grazes and sleeps. The only way for a Malegodrom to become agitated and attack is if something strikes at its exposed underside. There is limited protection on this part with the extent being a few flexible plates on the stomach. Even a mole accidentally emerging and bumping into the soft flesh can cause this animal to charge in a panic. Once they begin moving, it takes hours for them to stop because their skin continues to feel the pressure. The reason for this fear is because many predators have evolved abilities that allow them to dig and come up beneath the Malegodrom’s shell to devour them from the inside out. They have no defenses within beyond trying to kill their attacker through dragging.
The following two beasts come from the submissions of N.A. Granger.
Needing to go across the Falcraz Desert? Then, you’re going to need a Waterpackaloomer, which is a local domesticated beast. It is a strange-looking creature that has no face beyond a pair of eyes that move around the flat body. They resemble a hooded poncho that their owner wears. They have tiny, needle-like appendages at the edges of their body, which are routinely adding to their mass when on the move. A Waterpackaloomer’s body is fairly fragile, so it can break down swiftly when used in the harsh desert. There is a large hump in their middle, which is where they keep a store of water. They do not drink this, but give it to their host creature through a natural straw found in the hood section. The reason for this symbiotic relationship is that Waterpackaloomers cannot move on their own, so they need someone to take them into the desert. This is where they can release breeding threads, which are carried by the wind.
This creature is named after the alcoholic drink that it’s discoverer was enjoying during the encounter. It should be noted that this also resulted in many dismissing the finding as a hallucination. The truth would come out later when the man went in search of the Dirty Ratzenfratz, while completely hammered, and was subsequently eaten. Thankfully, he live streamed the whole thing. Beyond this, nothing much is known beyond it being big, colored to resemble the vine-covered trees of its habitat, and being a carnivore. At least, it is assumed that it is, but many question if this was done out of self-defense. Since the incident, many have tried to capture the Dirty Ratzenfratz with three hunters disappearing and the rest coming back with destroyed traps. It is now being suggested that this creature was an alcohol-induced hallucination at first, but its discoverer believed in it so much that it became real. Evidence for this is simply that its environment does not show any signs of such a large beast existing.