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Sting Worm

Other Names None
Climate/Terrain Swamp and marshes
Frequency Rare
Organization Solitary
Activity Cycle Any
Diet Carnivore

Physical Description

The sting worm is carnivorous, 5 meter long worm with a segmented pale yellow body. A long barbed stinger protrudes from the back end. The stingworm excretes a yellow-ish slime from its body.

Combat

The sting worm is an ambush predator. It will drop down from tree branches onto prey or lie in shallow water and strike at animals passing by. The stinger delivers a nasty venom that is strong enough to kill small animals and can render an adult human paralyzed. The sting worm strikes with the stringer and then retreats to wait for the venom to paralyze or kill its prey before returning to feed. If threatened, the sting worm will attempt to flee, but can and will lash out with its stringer if cornered. It can even spray paralytic venom from its stringer, aiming for the eyes.

Sting worms are capable of delivering multiple stings before expending their venom supply.

The slime excreted by the sting worm makes it virtually immuned to fire. Sting worms are also resistant to cold and gas.

Sting worms have no eyes yet can see in all directions simultaneously. In truth, sting worms are able to detect the electrical impulses in the nervous systems of other creatures. They can also sense vibrations in the ground and air. This makes them virtually impossible to surprise. Because of these senses, sting worms can detect and battle invisible opponents with ease.

Geographic Distribution and Habitat

Sting worms like cool, dark, damp places. It can be found in dense forests and swamps. It also favors underground locales - caves, crypts, sewers and so forth. It has a knack for squeezing through small holes and showing up in the oddest places.

Ecology

The fire resistant slime is a valuable alchemical component.

The venom cannot be harvested as it rapidly becomes inert soon after being removed from the sting worm and exposed to oxygen.

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