We’ve got 6 really good beasties for you this Friday. Let’s dive right into it with 3 from the words of John W. Howell.
These creatures began as artificial beings, but escaped their creator and thrived in the surrounding bogs. While not able to breed, there is always one in every generation with the intelligence to build new members. This helps to keep their numbers up since they are not very strong and easy prey to many other creatures. Bloogmakens are short figures made out of wood with hay as their hair. This makes them a type of golem, but nobody is sure what their original purpose was. A few have eyes made of hot coals that never cool off and these act as guards because they are slightly more powerful. Within a week of being born, they develop what makes them an enticing prey. A white slime builds up in their bodies and occasionally seeps out of their joints. It is a natural lubricant, which smells of honey and vanilla. This ooze is highly nutritious and can keep a biological organism alive without food for 3 days. Bloogmakens may escape with missing limbs, but they are usually cracked open by whatever catches them.
This rodent is similar to a rat, but has very large front paws with unique joints and a thick tail to help it move. It runs on these front paws and uses its flexible neck to keep its face forward. The tail acts as a balancer and steering by moving it in the direction it wants to go and leaning towards the weight. The back paws are small and kept up, but they are connected to compressed legs. If attacked, a Sanjotriperper will strike out to deliver a venom that is stored on retractable barbs. This toxin is fast-acting and creates numbness as well as blindness if not treated. Assassins have been known to harvest the venom, but they do so without killing the animal. This is because they do not survive in captivity. A Sanjotriperper requires a lot of space and will fall into a depression the moment it realizes it is contained.
With leathery wings and an orb-like body, the Pazmunsous can look like a frightening figure. They live in dark woods, which doesn’t make it any better. Of course, they’re bright pink with white heart designs on their wings. A smiling, bright-eyed face is in the center of the orb, but nobody has ever seen the mouth open wide enough to take a bite. Being the size of a horse and having no legs, scientists spent decades trying to figure out how these creatures rested. It turns out that they hibernate for the hottest month of the summer by pulling their wings into their body and dropping from high above. They land with enough force to bury themselves entirely and the impact always results in the earth filling in the hole. When they emerge, they are no bigger than a baseball and have to go about regaining their size. It is unclear what they feed off of, so the current theory is that they eat either wind, psychic energy, or emotions.
The next 3 are from the words given by V.M. Sang.
The sole creature of the Lozbo sewers, this amphibian has become a slight nuisance during the hot and rainy seasons. Normally, they stay beneath the street, but lack of water or too much causes them to venture out. Flimblepops have four long legs and a single bubble on their back, which they pop to release an acid. This results in the narrow-headed creature dying as well, but the liquid is so corrosive that it can eat through stone in seconds. When these creatures are on the road, all citizens are warned to stay inside and plug up all of the plumbing. Special units with protective gear are sent out to gather as many Flimblepops as possible. All attempts to eradicate them have failed since they reproduce asexually and weekly. The only reason they have not taken over Lozbo completely is because they are ravenous cannibals.
Harmless and adorable, this is the angriest bee in the world. It has a single hive found on Lady McMisses farm and produces only 100 jars of honey each year. They don’t look much different from most species of bumblebee. They are chubby with a dark yellow and black stripe pattern. Their wings are slightly bigger and have a crimson hue due to the red pollen they collect from the surrounding gardens. Regardless of their appearance and yield, they still bring her in thousands of dollars. This is due to tourists who want to listen to the Grumblebees’ unique sound. Instead of humming, they release a low grumble as if a small child is complaining about getting scolded. People enjoy visiting and seeing if they can pick out real words in the mix. Scientists have been analyzing the noise for signs of communication, which they feel would help them understand the hive dynamic. There has only been one incident of someone getting stung by a Grumblebee and many feel it was because he grumbled something offensive to them.
This insect has adapted to live in the suburbs and go relatively unnoticed. Its skin changes color to blend into whatever it is standing on as long as it does not move. This is not unique, but it is combined with the Spelim’s incredibly flexible body. They are able to twist themselves into any shape and take in enough air to increase their size. One would expect this to make them stand out even with their camouflage. It doesn’t because the Spelim does this while adhering to small signs such as those for streets or in the windows of stores. They twist their body to the same shape as whatever letter they are standing on and blend into the sign completely. It is only at night that they dare to move, so this is clearly a defense mechanism to protect against birds. Spelim do have wings, but they rarely use them out of fear of getting picked out of the sky.