DYNAPHYTE - "Spore Bomber"


CLASS: BOTANICAL

   This monster's soft, elastic body is kept largely hidden in its vase-like shell, employing its sticky, elastic arms to ensnare passing prey animals and drowning them in an internal enzyme pool. Larger creatures, especially those threatening the Dynaphyte's safety, face the monster's spore-bombs if they fail to heed its siren-like warning cry.

BIOLOGY:

A Dynaphyte's spore bombs begin to mix their volatile chemicals the moment they are plucked from its vase-like shell, and detonate with deadly concussive force force at the slightest impact. Even monsters surviving the initial blast may not stray far, as the spore scatters a thick cloud of radioactive dust many creatures find debilitatingly toxic. Though the monster may scavenge choice hunks of tissue from a detonated carcass, it leaves most of its kill to slowly decompose, attracting a steady stream of birds, rodents and other small prey.

During its reproductive phase, a Dynaphyte's bombs scatter hard-shelled embryos almost resembling minute snail's shells. These larvae feed and grow slowly in carrion until ingested by scavengers, entering a parasitic phase until large enough to incubate spores of its own, promptly bombing its way out of the host's lower digestive tract. Whether this particular act is biologically necessary or strictly entertaining to the Dynaphyte is difficult to ascertain.

BEHAVIOR:

Dynaphite may lie coiled on the ground or even bury themselves if necessary, but prefer to dangle from branches, plumbing, power lines or even the bodies of much larger monsters - dead or alive.

Dynaphyte are prone to wasting their spore bombs whenever they believe an explosion would make a given situation sufficiently humorous, a mood which may strike their fancy at almost any moment, for any reason.

APPLIANCE:

Properly trained, Dynaphite make ideal gatekeepers, toll collectors, security guards and pest management systems, though they may be wielded as a sort of "grenade launcher" by another monster or fitted with their own personal locomotive modifications. Their foremost breeders and trainers, the Mucophagous Syndicate, carry them into battle on the talons of remotely controlled avian cadavers, while the Outer Virosapient Coalition modifies their spore bombs to deliver biological agents and hangs the monsters in garlands from garishly decorated mechawalkers.


TACTICAL MECHANISMS:


SPORE BOMBS: a Dynaphyte may contain up to a dozen spore bombs at a time, varying in size but little in potency. A direct hit can easily blow open and scatter the entrails of many organic targets, while the bomb's radioactive powder can cause intense sickness over a wider radius.

RUBBERY LIMBS: the monster's sticky arms can stretch to incredible lengths, giving its bombs even further range and allowing it to entangle targets at a distance.

PROTECTIVE SHELL: the monster's flexible, tubular outer body is dense but yielding enough to easily survive even its own explosives unscathed, let alone the offensive weaponry of its assailants.






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