The Slurpentine's gelatinous, ribbonlike body can extend for several dozen yards, every inch thickly coated in an adhesive, honey-like slime layer and intoxicating chemical concoction. Regardless of an organism's diet, a Slurpentine smells overpoweringly like its preferred food, its narcotic perfume drowning out all cognitive functions but the instinct to feed. Even larger monsters are lured by its mind-bending, candy-like aroma, allowing it to neutralize swarm masters almost as easily as their numerous symbiotes.
A Slurpentine feeds primarily on insects and other tiny organisms digested and absorbed through its jelly-like skin, but can supplement its diet with blood drawn through its hollow teeth. When not feeding, it usually remains hidden within its mobile shell, itself a separate, mindless monster attracted to the sound of dense insect activity.
Slurpentine are solitary creatures, and primarily only interested in food. Allowed to do so, a Slurpentine will simply anchor itself somewhere upside-down and dangle its long, sticky body where insects are likely to blunder into it.
As a swarm management specialist, the Slurpentine is carefully engineered to incapacitate large volumes of small organisms as quickly and efficiently as possible, a skill applicable to personal defense, food acquisition, zoological research and expressionist art.
A Slurpentine's flesh can be dried into an attractive, rock-hard resin, particularly sought after with rare and interesting insects still suspended within.
FRAGRANT LURE: the same sweet secretions used by the monster as an insect attractant can lull other monsters into a state of mindless hunger and dull-witted compliance.
ADHESIVE SLIME: the Slurpentine can thicken and concentrate its sticky outer layer to firmly mire prey regardless of size, or cling to surfaces at any angle.
BINDING COILS: the Slurpentine's ribbonlike main body can unfurl a significant length and is far too elastic to be easily broken. Together with its glue secretion, the monster can wrap around and disable almost any opponent.
SHELLED BODY: the Slurpentine can retreat completely into its independently conscious secondary body, its rubbery but incredibly dense shell resistant to many common threats including heat, electricity and corrosives.
LEECHING FANGS: a Slurpentine can drain bloody rapidly through its hollow teeth, further incapacitating or killing prey already caught in its flypaper-like grasp.
Contents copyright Jonathan Wojcik