Monday, November 22, 2010

Nightning Bugs

I've really enjoyed creating the formulas for the inks for protection scrolls recently, but I've also been working on other projects, of course. Creatures Below the Shattered Moon - Volume 3 is now out in pdf and I've made a list of creatures I want in volume 4. Typically,  I come up with an idea and a name and make a long lists. I then cull out the not-so-good ones. I then flesh them out fully - usually in a piecemeal fashion. One critter today, two tomorrow type of stuff. Below is one of the recent ones. I think it does a good job taking the familiar and twisting just enough to make it frightening.

Nightning Bugs
Mutated lightning bug (Basic)
C-4 A-1 S-4 F-4 R-4 I0 W0: Ego 1: Health 1: Fortune 1
Movement 2.5/22

Description & Information: All are familiar with the lightning bug as it flashes in the night looking for a mate, but the nightning bug flashes during the day, absorbing all the light and air within 5 feet, creating a flash of utter darkness and a thunderous clap of lightning. This darkness is intensely cold, for the emptiness of deep space has been summoned to earth. Nightning bug swarms are extremely dangerous and destructive, as they literally remove a sphere of matter about them, replacing it with the vaccum of space. Thankfully, nightning bugs are not aggressive. Some speculate that the nightning bugs will eventually destroy the world, for they are slowing taking bit by tiny bit from it, and The Cult of the Dark Bug has formed around the destruction of what they see as a manifestation of cosmic evil.

Intrinsic Powers
• Immune to cold, sonic, and the attacks of other nightning bugs.
• Ignores all damage resistances or immunities when attacking. Any creature within 5 feet of a flashing nightning bug must succeed on a rank 10 Agility conflict or die. A success indicates a minor permanent injury has occurred to Agility or Strength as a piece of the target is simply no longer there.

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