What would be the most terrifying/fun creature to have "like pigeons" in a fantasy city?
>>27913274Guinea pigs. They just run around, doing their own little thing, and occasionally being eaten.
Terrifying:Flesh golemsFun:Fairy dragons
>>27913291Christ why would any one live in this make-believe fantasy town!?
Street urchins.Like literal urchins growing out of the cobbled streets, from the walls of poorly kept old houses, in big colony heaps in forsaken back-alleys and so on.
>>27913343pointy alley ways of death
Bear owls. They're the opposite of owlbears. Little furry owl shaped things with claws and fangs. And they like to eat eyes.
>>27913375>not making full size bears that fly using bear magic
>>27913386OP said terrifying, not the level of hell reserved for the most heinous of sinners.
>>27913432i believe he said terrifying/fun
>>27913396Cities would never form if Cassowaries were like pidgeons.
Hey guys. What's going on in this thread?
>>27913514Nomads for life. Because everyone would die if they weren't constantly running from the Cassowaries.
>>27913274Dire pigeons. Like pigeons, only bigger and meaner and uglier.Harpies.Land octupi.
Shocker lizardsIf nothing else, it'd be impossible to be a murderhobo
>>27913514Cassowaries wouldn't be dangerous is they were like pidgeons
Crystal growthsAnything you leave out doesn't get eaten by pigeons, it just slowly develops a shimmery surface and then, if left long enough, starts growing crystallic spikes - small at first, they grow out to almost a foot from the walls before they're so heavy they break off and shatter on the ground. When they grow vertically, they can grow to almost three feet before their weight tears them loose, making them a hazard when walking under city bridges and overhanging balconies.Marble is not an ostentatious display of wealth - everybody gets a white-ish shimmering house for free. No, the rich build in dour black stone, in shale and in granite, and take pride in their very very opaque walls, kept that way by groundskeepers who knock crystal growths free with long wooden tools.(Not a very valuable crystal, obviously, if it's so common)
>>27913632Fuck, what if you took a nap? You would be so itchy from all the dust.
>>27913632What if they were carnivorous crystals?
Fun: Cockney Crows. Like ordinary crows, but altered by a wizard to speak english in a comical cockney accent. Female crows having a childish sense of humor, they quickly outbred their natural cousins into extinction.Scary: Funnel web spiders.
Infinitely long human fingers that wiggle up from underground.Noone knows how deep they goWarp spider swarmsLeechesPseudo-dragonsDisembodied voices that know your secrets.
>>27913274Tentacles that hold your hand
>>27913632Splintered crystals don't have sharp fracture lines so the don't make good improvised weapons, but properly preserved they can make adequate spearheads, though they'll shatter against any proper armor. It gets a more interesting result to leave a loose-weaved net with maybe ½-inch masks undisturbed for about two weeks - if woven properly and seeded with crystals of the right alchemical reactants, a fine but strong glass grows to the size of the net.In this city, the most common pest isn't any specific creature but rather more ghoulish: Anything that dies and isn't properly burned or buried is soon covered in crystal which will eventually fuse to the bones and reanimate. Humans and large animals can be easy to discover and dispose of, but in every alleyway, every day, a rat dies or a sparrow falls. When their crystalline bodies waken after a week or so, they are no more dangerous than before. They still follow their small animal ways until the bone-magic fades and they lie still for good after running around for perhaps a month.It is said that the Karak Family preserved the bones of Ulukh Fireslayer when he was killed and keep them in a secret cabinet, carefully cleaning away any crystals. If one day they need him, they will take him out and wait until their crystalline champion wakens and can do his foul work for them again.
>>27913274Crows. Everyone avoids them like the pluage. They seem to be just crows though. Isn't that odd?
Magical self-replicating metallic ravens, designed to eat trash and refuse and convert it into energy which is returned to the city reservoirs. Normally, they act like ordinary birds.However, they're so ancient that nobody knows how or where they reproduce, and their control mechanism has apparently been scrambled, leading to some birds being misshapen and awkward. Some develop strange mental pattern, like fixation with a specific place or person, preferring to be around it. Others specialize in their trash-collection, like only eating red cloth. Very rarely, they go completely rogue and consider anything living as trash, and horror stories pass around of people being shredded by razor-sharp beaks and wings. Others claim that there are methods of controlling these crows and turning them into assassination tools, but these rumors are obviously not true. Absolutely not.
>>27913341With Blackjack and hookers.
>>27913723And all those crows communicate with each other and when you fuck with them every crow in the city knows and they'll make your life a hell.
>>27913552>land octopi...I want this.And that harpy girl is adorable, but LAND OCTOPI, YES.
>>27913274Somebody went hunting/fishing and failed to store it correctly.
>>27913542Awww! I want one!
>>27913752>implying real crows don't do this.
>>27913774>easy to train>loyal>antennae are like feathers>rusts and then eats all metal>is now as prolific as pigeons I don't know how I should feel about this one.
>>27913542>>27913774Sorry I ate your sword, it was delicious.
>>27913753Yes, I, too want to live around the land octopi. That'll keep those kijimuna away. Also, kijimuna.
>>27913789Yes, that was the point, anon!
>>27913752I don't get it, where's the unusual twist?
>>27913753Instead of flapping around, they brachiate between buildings with their tentacles. They're intelligent, LOVE to eat fish, and will happily befriend people.This is a port city, so they'd be amphibious. Tourists would be sold little bits of fish to feed them with, and end up surrounded and covered with the octupi. Little red sucker-hickeys everywhere.
>>27913283led by this.
>>27913283And being sacrificed. The gods love guinea pig blood.
Tiny men. Magical ones.
>>27913311Probably because they live in a swamp and domesticated them to be pets.I ran a module that was like that. Turns out the leadership of the town was a cult to the god of mosquitos
>>27913794This would be an awesome elven defense against invaders. Just have everything in town made of ironwood if it needs to be metallikeAlso.... howling burrowers.A small wormlike creature that lives underground. Upon sensing the tremors of walking people the howling burrower drills its way out of the soil launching itself up to 20 meters to unerringly strike a creatures head, burrow through thier skull, and lay eggs in thier brain.There is a distinct "dentist drill" sound directly before a howling burrower attack.They can come in colonies.
What's the name of those crows that live in Sigil and that'll eat everything?
>>27913844Thank you anon, you just described my most horrible nightmare
>>27914457D'awwwwHedgehogs with fruit stuck to their spikes are so cute
>>27914482>implying that its a real hedgehog.
>>27914445I aim to please. Or at least disconcert~
>>27914574I'm guessing your idea of fun is DF "FUN!"
>>27914574Is this town on fucking Catachan or Fallout Australia or something?
>>27914597If that's what regular American wasps were like, I dread the effects on their far more vicious Japanese cousins.
>>27914597>"FUN!"You mean !!FUN!!
>>27914614>regular American wasps were like>regular American waspsThis ain't Australia. They are not normal wasps.
Spider tanks! About half the size of cat, Panzer IV looking tanks with spider legs. Can run up walls and shit. Don't really attack people or household pets. Eat refuse. Made people make an aqueduct that leads to a cesspool outside the city because after eating shit, little spider tanks start making black, acrid smoke. Can be trained as pets and some are used as a city wide postal service. Unknown breeding capacity. Responds to agression in force. Sometimes make adorable little shooting competitions on the rooftops. Were made to kill pigeons by a The Mad Armored God
>>27913397GTFO THATS MY FALLING BEAR PICTURE
Most fun: CATBUG!
Most FUN: Dorfs. Dorf Fortress dorfs.
>>27914962No. Oglaf dorfs.
>>27913723We got tons of crows where I live, nobody's freaking out over it yet.
Winged gypsies. God forbid you drop a nickel...
>>27914574Are they the wasps which hurt more than being shot?
>>27914506I know it ain't, but it happens to real ones and it is pretty adorable
>>27914986On a danger scale from 1 to 10, they rate "grudging nod of approval from an Australian".
>>27914629True, pipe-organ wasps are practically tame.
>>27914986Yes but in the game they are the size of large dogs.
>>27914457Jesus fuck those eyes. Its like they see right through you. Thats horrible.
>>27914618!!CAUGHT THE PLAGUE!!
>>27913606I think he meant "as common as pigeons".Trying to imagine what London would be like with cassowaries instead of pigeons; Trafalgar square this desolate wasteland of Cassowaries and the dismembered corpses of chinese tourists, their tops halves several meteres away from their bottom halves but their tops halves still frantically taking pictures of the cassowaries.Cars strewn everywhere in the roads, kicked over by cassowaries infuriated by their nonchalance, the british museum ransacked and all its exhibits destroyed by infuriated cassowaries because cassowaries hate art and culture...
>>27913690I like that.I once had this idea for a flock of "secret of NIMH" crows that knew how to use phones and computers, so they'd steal people's credit cards and use them to order pizza"E-mail says to deliver the pizza to a park bench on 3rd and leave it there. Tip will be under a rock nearby."The crows never leave a tip.
>>27913494They look down at you and occasionally shit all over your stuff.
>>27915267NOP. NOPE NOPE NOPE NOOOOOPE.
I warned you but you didn't listen. This monster here isn't just any normal pigeon. Its a Native wood pigeon.
Christopher Walken. Thousands of him.
>>27914974Same here. There's actually one area near downtown of my city where if you go by at the right time in the morning, you can just see hundreds of crows in the trees there all just cawing.
>>27913844Setting for my next story described. Thanks Anon.
>>27914708The shooting competitions would probably be for impressing mates, I would imagine.
>>27915401>being woken by the soft plup-plup-plup as the land octopi young playfully chase eachother across the roof of your small apartment, the rays of the morning sun gently illuminating the modest space.>it's not quite morning, and you cast off at noon, so you lay there, smiling at the perked up ears of the terrier at the foot of your bed.>she sighs into your neck and all is well.
>>27915363Sounds like something a sadistic, movie and music loving AI would pull as an ironic punishment. Someone makes fun of the way it talks, and it manipulates mass media and culture to generate MILLIONS of Walkenoids.
Rust MonstersJust think about it for a moment. Skyscrapers. Railway lines.
Welcome to Vvardenfell
>>27913274Kender. Flying kender.
>>27913702All of the tentacles have a favored hand.They're sure to wake you up every morning and give you a squeeze goodnight.
I ran Raiju as part lobster part tick part lightning elemental things that were essentially the sewer rats of the divine heavens at one point if that counts.They were blessedly disinterested in the mortal world which relieved everyone because those things can travel there in the form of lightning strikes basically on a whim, and they are small dog sized blood sucking arthropods so they would have been pretty much the most horrifying shit imaginable.
These ot the other thing that behaves like these that looks like an umbrella
>>27916427... is that Bob from Bob's Burgers?
>>27914986Yeah, except the New Vegas ones are probably 40 Kilos of agony and terror.Well except the ones in DLC which are probably 200 Kilos of agony and terror.
>>27916562That thing looks almost fuzzy.Having said that, Fluffy Chickens.
>>27915466>>27915401You're welcome. Enjoy freaking everyone out with tentacles!
>>27915500What if Shodan had been voiced by christopher walken?
>>27913274Blink dogs or some other thing that warps around a lot.Flash hawks, birds of prey that can deflect light. around them to protect themselves or blind prey. Basically, they keep shining a mirror at you every time you look at them on a sunny day. Really annoying.
>>27913274Bats.Imagine going into the subway and there's no roof. Only bats.
>>27916745Well the one you posted is pretty adorable.
>>27916745Alternatively, /tg/'s special.
Implying pigeons aren't terrifying enough already.
>>27916755That's the fun part.There's a shitload of them. That's the terrifying part.
>>27913805scary smart birds. though in your opinion crow>raven?
>>27916786I couldn't imagine myself doing anything other than trying to catch them. To be honest, I've tried to catch pigeons before too. Most terrifying creature for me would be rat-sized spiders (or hell, even the size of regular wolf spiders). Most fun would be those bats maybe... grab your gloves to avoid rampant rabies and enjoy the show.
>>27916816I lawled. Those are harvestmen though. They're not even proper arachnids.
>>27916845I dunno, once you scale spiders up that big, they mostly just look fuzzy and adorable.
>>27916866Some do. Some others look like Lil' Shelob.
>>27916883All of my nope.
Any creature which consistency rolls a natural 20.
>>27913274> Tarrasques. Tarrasques everywhere.Are you badass enough to ride and pilot the gigantic Tarrasquetron 3.000 and banish this plague from the city?
Surprised no one mentioned the owls in Futurama.>Piss off Athena with shitty sacrifices. Owls everywhere until you make nice.
Books. Flying books. Libraries replaced with giant aviaries with tamed books flying all over the place, trained to fly to library patrons and allow themselves to be read in exchange for bookmark treats. Normal books would exist too, but would be uncommon due to several factors:1. normal books do not regenerate themselves to perfect condition when damaged but not destroyed fully2. normal books don't find themselves (who needs a card catalog?), deliver themselves, DEFEND themselves, and carry themselves when not in use.3. "wild" books can be found with hidden/lost knowledge not available in books written by mere men.4. occasionally, normal books turn into flying books, seemingly at randomhmmm, this setting really writes itself. Maybe in the past there was a great burning of many libraries because of some anti-knowledge cult or god or something, so an ancient, epic level enchanter (or perhaps a god of knowledge) put an enchantment on all the land for the sake of the preservation of knowledge for the future. So now that knowledge really is free in the most literal sense.Shit, now I want to run this setting. I don't have a group though...
>>27917182I'm also now imagining the nerdy scholar stereotype of always CARRYING a stack of books, instead always being basically surrounded by a swarm of them.
>>27917182>roving flocks of smutty romance novels>chattering, annoying bands of political pamphlets making their (election) seasonal migrations>stately Bibles take the place of swans, being regal and solemn in appearance until they decide to break your arm.>a noble pocket constitution perched atop an olive branch sheds a single tear for liberty>sky-darkening hoards of tabloids shit on everything
>>27917266>Dictionaries flying around trying to hear as many new words as possible
>>27917284>thesauruses annoying wannabe poets in shitty cafes by suggesting alternative, non-edgy words to use.>pocket dictionaries sit on people's shoulders and repeat everything they say except edited for grammar>grammar textbooks enact The Birds on the entire state of New Jersey.
Eclipse Phase has these genetically engineered monkeys that were literally made by gene-engineering grad students on a prank. What's special about them is that their bite contains BTX-square, a potent nerve agent.Every time the players open a box, I roll a d100. It's not gotten the monkey number. Yet.
>>27917335Atlas Shrugged and Infinite Jest are locked in mortal conflict over which can be the alpha pretentious pile of tripe.
>>27917335>The "scholar and hunter" stereotype would be even more common, because oftentimes they are one and the same>Refined, well educated scholars go out "into the field" to find and hunt down new, unknown book species and capture them for study>Their work is dangerous, but respected. Most would say that they do what they do for purely scientific reasons and for the sake of the advancement of knowledge. Of course, some are probably in it for the thrills and/or glory.
eggs. with magical wings. no one knows where they come from, and if they break, the wings disappear.imagine the horror. eggs. eggs everywhere.
Archive this, stat!
>>27917548>Setting equivalent of Halloween>Everyone in the town cowers indoors as the sound of shells cracking reverberates off the walls of the houses
>>27916406Oh cool, is that one of those fruit moths that've started drinking human blood instead? I hear those bites hurt like a bitch
>>27917693In Norway in certain parts of the country we have a very small black fly that drinks blood.Unfortunately Evolution did not grant it a proboscis, is instead it makes do by ripping out a tiny chunk of flesh and lapping up the blood from the wound.It comes in immense swarms certain years.
>>27915255>>27915246>>27915173These are p cool
>>27917501>Tablets and other portable devices are like a hive mind of bugs all connected to each other via the overmind of the "internet">Occasionally they will try to crawl their way into your pocket or purse and make themselves readily available for use but, more often than not, show shitty ads and random assort of info either completely fabricated or only half-right.
>>27917800That is terrifying. Why are so many insects out for blood now?
>>27917335>Science textbooks are big goddamn predators. They never stop growing as long as they have knowledge to absorb. The oldest ones are like pterosaurs
>>27917501>>27917182You guys should read this
>>27914952except for the see-through zone parasites that would be everywhere from hundreds of the adorable bastards running around
>>27917962They all know the end is coming, and they're preparing to feast on the fresh corpses of the billions that die.
Banshees.Dullahan (either just the heads or just the bodies).Flying rats, oh wait.
>>27917800So basically miniaturized horseflies.Wanna trade?
>>27918338No need, we got both kinds.
This thread reminds my of an idea of dragons I once had. Dragons could grow to be more than a kilometer long should they live long enough, with no top end limit on size. However the eggs they laid are all roughly the same size of chicken eggs, they just produce more of them as they get bigger. Any dragon that is sexually mature produces a minimum of around a thousand eggs at a time. Tiny dragons are thus all over the damned place, and once they get to be a year old they can fly, around 3 years old they are the size of large cats, around 6 they are larger than most dogs. Also around 6 they start breathing fire, though it can happen earlier even within weeks of birth, at this point though you can kill the dragon for its fire crystal which burns for a very long time at a very hot temperature. Also this was a steampunk setting and adult dragons are hunted in place of whales, the fire crystals being a great fuel source, as well as the dragon fat becoming a high quality oil when you rendered it down.
>>27913274those huge bats that have like 10ft wingspans
>>27918387That actually sounds like a pretty cool idea.
Raptors. Little raptors with wings.Instead of bread you throw a sheep in the park.For fun: Pigeon marines, pigeons with little space marine helmets which can use normal language, but still are dumb as always.When they swarm to get bread crumps they scream "FOR THE EMPERAH" and when they fight "HERESY".With a deep manly voice ofcourse.Just imagine going for a walk and suddenly you hear "HERETIC" screamed from above and a pigeon shat on your head.
>>27918623>pigeonsDon't you mean Partridges?
>>27917224Oh!! And instead of doing birdcalls to them, he makes that thhhrrrrp soundyou get when you turn the pages really fast (I'm not sure how to describe it better)!
>>27918622I'm glad someone else likes it, but I stopped working on it when I couldn't decide on what fantasy elements it should and shouldn't have.
>>27919060Yeah, it also sounds like there are shittons of massive firebreathing flying lizards everywhere so you'd probably have to take that into account. Dragons instead of horses?Anyway, you could just try going with standard fantasy D&D elements.
>>27919133I really didn't want to go with standard things because I was trying to make something that actually looked like the industrial revolution. Part of why I wanted to do the dragon hunting = whaling thing was because most modern people look down on whaling, but at the time whalers were much more heroic figures, and I wanted to convey that. And putting in the standard fantasy elements would skew things like that.
>>27916590Bearded vultures eat nothing but bones.No, really. They eat bones. Their stomach acids are considered on par to laboratory solutions. They'll pick up prey and drop it to its death, then let other things feast on the meat, swooping in later to eat the skeleton. They get all their nourishment from the bones and marrow.
>>27919292Point. I genuinely is an interesting setting in my opinion, I'm thinking about using it for my next campaign.
>>27919396Fuck yes. Bearded Vulture Men for best race.
>>27919396>bearded vultures kindly share their food with othersBearded vultures confirmed for bro-tier.
>>27919396If I were a serial killer, I'd keep these as pets.
>>27917266I love it.
Fun:Bunnies, chickens, hummingbirds, gnomes, tiny flying horsesTerrifying:Warios, giant mosquitoes, ethereal filchers, dragons, bronies
>>27917450I've been to /lit/ all of two or three times and each time they told me to read Infinite Jest. I still haven't read it and I still have no idea what it's about.
>breed like assholes>leave eggshells everywhere>will leap up and take your hotdog if you aren't paying attention>regularly consume the homeless>can be domesticated
Gnomes, of course. They live in the walls and crawlspaces and shit and build little junk houses. They're like rats, and they steal shit all the time. People like to point them around whenever they see them. And I ain't talking about no WoW gnomes, I,m talking 6 inch tall garden gnomes.Fucking gnomes, man
>>27921598>regularly consume the homeless>can be domesticatedsounds great
>>27915267Too far man, too far.I still remember my first night snakeman terror mission. First and last.
>>27917182Day-yam, Making me think of the Library of Babel as a sort of underdark that the flying books emerge from, breaking free from the shelves below and past the blind & unseeable librarians of the dark, burrowing up towards the light and emerging on to the surface.Not only infinite but eternally emptying.
>>27914974here in cali we get so many crows in the fall and winter they can cover rooftops and streetlines for miles. I, however, love crows, they're like my spirit animal and they're so pretty!
>>27913386Oh, so now blasted hellscapes are allowed?
Terrifying:>>27921194 cross bred with >>27913396 and genetically altered to have the temperament of a hornet or wasp.Swarming, flighted, insectile cassowaries that hate all other life, with no exceptions.Fun:Aesop owls. Owls that tell fables that are somewhat relavant to the listeners' current situation with a great moral at the end.
because the town is close to a hole leading to the elemental planes, the entire town is overrun with fucking mephits. they tried to release a shit load of quasits to kill they tenativly teamed up. thinking that cacodaemons would naturally not team up with anyone they let loose shitloads of them, but they all ran into the sewers instead of the rooftops and rafters.
THE CORRECT ANSWER WAS COCONUT CRABS YOU FUCKS!
>>27924803but those are mostly harmless
>>27920047So when are you getting one?
>>27924841They still terrify me.
>>27924841>COCONUT CRABS>mostlyThey could be like teddy bears and Mogwai crossed together. If I saw one I'd shit my pants and head for ze hills
>>27913774Oh good, someone else who thinks they're adorable. :3
>>27924803next druid companion aquired. i love sea druids so much
>>27917022Mini tarrasques!So, tardigrades.
>>27925035>Sea druidsThat's fucking brilliant
>>27916860Don't you mean daddy long legs?
>>27914956Holy god yes!
>>27918387I swear there is a story like this in an anthology about dragons, where kids have to wake up St George and then use magical taps to kill all the dragons and give England it's shitty weather
>>27913695how many knuckles do these fingers have??
>>27916410ahh cloakers.>giving that greedy pc a mysterious cloak>is actually cloaker, kills him in his sleepor being a dick and throwing in trappers and lurker above's. good times.
>>27924841>coconut crabs>mostly harmlessYea, tell that to amelia earhart
>>27914983I laughed so hard I farted.
>>27926661>that responseI'm sorry, but I had to laugh at both the response and you.
>>27921304>Tiny warriors going after pocket change and shit, and fighting each other for their tiny hordes.>Not fucking adorable.>Not wanting to watch them do their matting calls. "Wah!"
>>27917182Would play 10/10Talk to me if you want to DM this.