Lycidaris

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A Lycidaris is a type of insectoid, ultraterrestrial creature.

Background[edit | edit source]

Lycidarises come in many varieties. Most have long, transparent wings, an 8 ft. long beetle-like but sleek body, razor sharp mandibles, and a massive horn-like barb protruding from the crowns of their heads. The ultimate parasite, lycidarises are a variety of planar locust that infest and eventually completely consume a world. Afterword, a select few creatures pass across a dimensional barrier weakened by their overwhelming presence into a parallel plane, starting the process anew. An infested region in a new dimension is obvious from the pale, stringy, gauze-like nests, smothering the natural environment under layers of webbing. Infested regions usually grow at an ever-accelerating rate.[1]

Abilities and Traits[edit | edit source]

Motive:[edit | edit source]

Expand into new territory

Environment:[edit | edit source]

Anywhere

Health:[edit | edit source]

30

Damage Inflicted:[edit | edit source]

4 points

Armor:[edit | edit source]

1

Movement:[edit | edit source]

Flies a short distance each round

Modifications:[edit | edit source]

Tasks related to navigating alternate dimensions as level 8.

Combat:[edit | edit source]

The lycidaris's bite is venomous. Victims that fail a Might defense roll descend one step on the damage track. This process continues each round until the victim succeeds at a Might defense roll or would normally die. However, the victim isn't merely dead and is instead paralyzed for up to an hour, or until the victim can ascend at least one step on the damage track (which renders the victim immune to the venom).

A lycidaris spins level 5 webs that, when spun as a trap, require an intellect-based perception task to avoid. A victim caught in a web must make a Might defense roll to get free. After three failed attempts to get free. a victim becomes so wrapped in the webs that they're pulled into a pocket dimension, and there remain stranded until freed.

A lycidaris's horn allows it to navigate into alternate dimensions, but to do so, it must spend at least ten minutes preparing before it burrows into the fabric of reality. After it makes the passage, it will fall unconscious for several hours. A lycidaris-made hole between universe usually remains open for one hour.

Interaction:[edit | edit source]

Lycidarises are, for the most part, drones, though the level 9 overlord of each community is intelligent and telepathic, and can communicate as a drone never would.

Use:[edit | edit source]

A strange web that captures herd animals and even a few villagers appeared on the edge of town a few weeks ago. Things that remain caught in the web for too long disappear, never to be seen again.[2]

Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]

Some dimension walkers have been known to try and capture lycidarises and use them for traveling between planes.[3]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Cordell, Bruce. “Creatures.” Into the Outside, Monte Cook Games, LLP, 2018, pp. 145. Numenera. ISBN 978-1-939979-47-6
  2. Cordell, Bruce. “Creatures.” Into the Outside, Monte Cook Games, LLP, 2018, pp. 145. Numenera. ISBN 978-1-939979-47-6
  3. Cordell, Bruce. “Creatures.” Into the Outside, Monte Cook Games, LLP, 2018, pp. 145. Numenera. ISBN 978-1-939979-47-6