This reviled monster craves any chance to plunge its twin "stingers" into a living host, one injecting a single spermatozoon and the other a single egg cell. Though the original body will perish shortly thereafter, its host will almost immediately begin to incubate the bird's parasitic larva, retaining the parent's complete memory and personality with some fragments of the host's mind. Hosts soon begin to behave erratically, turning on associates or even injuring themselves as the embryo grows, maturing in only 22 hours and tearing free from the chest cavity, sometimes fatally. Rarely, the parasite may split into identical twins or triplets, though only one will remember its previous life.
Depraven learn to speak most languages quite fluently over their many lives, but have little to say that isn't licentious, insensitive or misanthropic; they get a petty thrill out of negative attention, and feel an obsessive need to emotionally agitate a victim before their parasitic attack. More often than not, a Depraven can be completely repelled by simply ignoring the lewd insults and offensive jokes it takes such pride in.
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