STREPTILE - "Fever Eater"


Engineered to combat the spread of infectious biological weaponry, the Streptile's finely adapted sensory array can often accurately gauge the health of even relatively unknown organisms, analyzing odors, hormone production, neurological activity and countless other factors to determine the variety and severity of microbial contamination. Life forms identified as "ill" are the monster's primary food source, numbed by the secretions of its adhesive lips and devoured alive. Lacking even its own beneficial flora, the Streptile's body is harshly inhospitable to all foreign microbiota, guaranteeing a dead end for ingested pathogens.

While devouring the unwell is efficient enough on a small scale, the Streptile's ultimate weapon against disease is the sickly-sweet vapor it can vent from its maw, a cloud of airborne phagocytes capable of neutralizing even the vicious poxes of the Plaguemen, or shriveling a Fectoid - its favorite meal - into a leathery husk. Unfortunately, the importance of bacterial symbiotes in most living organisms makes exposure to the Streptile's "medicine breath" just as debilitating as any bout with creeping dysentery.

The chemical stench of a Streptile is similar to pure chlorine, and contact with its body tends to irritate the tissues of most other bioforms. Salivating heavily at the smell of sickness, they emit an increasingly thick, gurgling wheeze.



Contents copyright Jonathan Wojcik

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