Neither entirely plant nor entirely animal, the Widoweed emits hypnotic pheromones from its blossom that males of every species find irresistible. Victims of the lure fail to see the creature's true form, perceiving it only as their most ideal mate even as her thorny trap snaps shut and bubbling digestive juices surge from her mouth. These creatures move by bouncing on their fused legs, and can sometimes achieve an impressive leap or even glide short distances.
Widoweed were discovered only centuries ago in the crumbling ruins of a tropical island once dominated by primitive hominids, and are thought to be connected with the civilization's collapse. Legend holds that the original was created by a vengeful queen from her husband's secret lover. Soon, the creature multiplied until males had been completely eradicated. The queen would eventually die in an uprising, but the fate of the isolated culture had been sealed. So strong is the collective aroma of the remaining Widoweed colony that centuries worth of shipwrecks can be found on the island's shores.
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