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Sup fa/tg/uys, how about a creature worldbuilding thread? From the magic to the mundane, big to small, terrifying to adorable, all are welcome! Let's start off easy.

>Iridescent Peacat

Increasingly rare in the wild, the Iridescent Peacat about the size of a large housecat. While normally they're blue with green tail-feathers, their feathers can also be yellow, red, or pure white. Crossing paths with one is said to be incredibly lucky, and many of the rich keep them as pets, though their wild streak is notoriously impossible to tame.
>Paradise Birds
The few lucky mortals that have seen one praise it as one of the most magnificent creatures that they have seen. They are swan-like, but three-legged and four-winged, and of such size that their beaks are as long as a man is tall. Truthfully, the few that have seen one are lucky to not have been swallowed whole to tell the tale, as these creatures are as cruel and vicious as they are beautiful. The denizens of heaven consider they a pest, but even the palace guards can but powerlessly watch as a swarm so numerous as to blot the sun descends into the garden of heaven and feasts from the peaches of immortality and the holy nectar that there grows. To these birds, no other breathing thing in existence deserves the life they have; not mortals, nor the gods themselves. They despise all but perfection, and they are perfectly beautiful.
>Wreck-Devils, also known as Shambler's Squid or Necromanteuthis.

A type of squid, Wreck-Devils are quite large and noteable for their multiple eyespots that cover their central body and tentacles, while their real eyes remain hidden at the center of the two largest eyespots.
Wreck-Devils have a strange magical ability that allows them to use corpses as mobile shell, much like the hermit crab. The squid can infuse a corpse with bursts of necromatic energy, which it appears to distill from prey as it feeds, and pupped the corpse. Wreck-Devils have an noted preference for humanoid bodies, and possess a startling amount of intelligence, being able to direct their corpse-shells to use tools and mimicking missing limbs with their tentacles as to not disrupt their corps-shell's silhouette, something that serves them well in their preferred hunting grounds of beaches during the night, where potential humanoid prey likely cannot see the nature of their shell.

Wreck-Devils are fantastic fried, and considered a delicacy in some parts of the world. Their ink also sparkles a faint green in the light, and is prized by scholars and writers of illuminated text.
>Constrictor Lump
A lumpy, sturdy creature the height of a horse but closer in mass to a hippopotamus with the stance of a toad or bulldog. Often overgrown with moss and debris, this ambush predator does not hunt for prey itself. The constrictor lump possesses a muscular elephant-like trunk which, while seven feet long at rest can extend up to seventy feet. The trunk hunts for food autonomously, sniffing around and tracking prey. Once the victim has been detected, it is wrapped up and crushed until it stops moving. The limp form is then dragged back to the lump, where the monster swallows its prey whole. A lump hunter can take advantage of this by giving up the fight until he has been dragged up to the monster, when he can spring at the creature in a surprise attack. Lumpers breed in the late spring rain showers, the female attracted to the male by a rumbling, croaking call. Eggs are laid in a constructed mound of decaying plant material. After a month, the eggs hatch enmasse and the hatchlings rush into the undergrowth. Lumps start off as insectivores, the prey taken increasing in size as the young monsters grow.
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>Greater Karkipigios (Hot Springs Crab)
The Greater Karkipigios is a massive creature, the result of one of its smaller kin surviving centuries without major disturbance. With no recorded maximum lifespan, Greater Karkipigios can become part of the landscape during their decades-long hibernations, majorly in part due to their strange internal composition.
Karkipigios have an internal temperature that can melt stone, their bodies mimicking geothermal activity leading to the rise of small volcanoes on their shells during their hibernation. Additionally, due to their preffered hibernating ground near aquifers and sources of water, such activity often creates hot springs, from which their name derives. However, because of this burning-hot metabolism, Greater Karkipigios spend much of their time asleep, burrowed into an aquifer or other source of cooling water, as to keep them comfortable and not overheat. In combat and in times of great stress, the Karkipigios can overwork itself to the point of boiling alive in its own shell, creating a surpsingly delicious if difficult-to-access dish that can feed a city for weeks.

In combat, Greater Karkipigios are a devastating sight, their size and strength enough to shatter stone and their blood under their shell boiling-hot to the touch. The calderas on their back also contain molten stone, which when excited can erupt as the crab lets off gouts of pressurized steam from its own body in an effort to cool off.
Short, squat, and hippo-like, these creatures have dull, yellow skin to help them blend in with the tall, dry grass of their Savannah homeland. They move in huge herds, constantly eating, and very often rendering their own camouflage useless in doing so. However, they have a second line of defense- their name comes from a specialized organ in their throat, which makes their vocalizations much, much louder than they have any right to be, which both alerts the herd of danger, and helps to scare off any would-be predators. Many herders keep Bellowers, both for their meat, and this handy special ability, as it helps negate the need for any sort of guard animals.
>Hive Turtle
A species of turtle that lives in the deep swamps with a large shell on its back that acts as a hive for a colony of wasps. The wasps and the turtle have a symbiotic relationship, where the wasps act as a defense from predators and turtle acts as a shelter.
>Grime mites
Grime mites are a fist sized species of dust mite which can often be found in crypts and graveyards. While their smaller relatives feed on dead skin, grime mites feed on dead bodies. Natural scavengers, these arachnids may even burrow undeground and slip into coffins in order to feed. Although living creatures are ignored by grime mites, the undead are swarmed en masse in a feeding frenzy.
A species of giant butterfly that is largely remarkable for its chrysalis, which is shaped much like a sword, has cutting edges, is comparable to bronze in toughness and is relatively light. Their caterpillars are extensively bred by warlike orcish tribes to ensure a steady supply of reliable armaments.

These spiders, distinguished by their legs shaped like clock hands and a cog-shaped spot on their backs, weave their web not of silk, but of timelines. When they're hungry, they simply crawl over to a timeline where there's food nearby, and when they're in danger, they move to a timeline where they're safe.

A curious bird of prey that is chiefly known for its peculiar nests, which are essentially large, fully functional cuckoo clocks constructed by the bird from available materials such as twigs and mud. Chrondors feed on the age of their victims: they suck the youth out of them, leaving them aged and decrepit.

A triceratops-like dinosaur with his two side horns forming a natural ballista that it pulls with its prehensile tail. The central horn is easily detachable and is used by the head ballista as a projectile. Once shot, the central horn can regenerate over the course of several hours.

These armour-plated bulls are distinguished for their diet, which consists largely of mineral, notably large amounts of sulfur and saltpeter. To get to nutritious minerals, they explode the crags of their habitat with their highly explosive dropping. They also surround their territory with their droppings, which serve as landmines.
Despite a savage and predatory appearance, the Mosscat is a completely harmless vegetarian. It gets its name from its green, mossy fur, and the way it buries itself while its sleeping, becoming one with its environment. One could be standing on a sleeping Mosscat and not even realize it.
The bane of many a library, bookworms feed only on paper with text printed on it. Curiously, they learn whatever was written on the pages that they ate, until eventually they achieve sentence. The oldest bookworms can rival the greatest scholars with the depth and breadth of their knowledge.
This antelope can gallop tirelessly for days on end thanks to its second set of legs located on its back. When its proper legs get tired, the Antilope flips over to its back and switches to its back legs, and vice versa. Unfortunately, this anatomical peculiarity makes it completely unsuitable for riding.
This large toad uses its sticky tongue, six metres long when fully stretched, as a grappling hook to propel itself around, climbing to treetops that way. It also uses it to ensnare prey and is known to disarm hunters by pulling weapons out of their hands with its tongue.

It's a toad the size of a trashcan lid with an old man's face on it. Half of its waking hours are spent screaming out a sonic field to stun insects out of the air. You know when its summer in dunchle country because the swamps are constantly filled with loud yelling.
A ladybug with one to six spots on its back. Crushing a dicebug with a single spot is said to invite terrible misfortune, though in some cases it may be beneficial, and crushing one with six spots is said to bring good luck, with those in between having similar effects. The effect only seems to apply to a single action, at any rate.
How about some parasites?

>Ascariasis osseous: (c.n: Bone-sweller worm, Chickenbone worm) An insidious roundworm found in the spinal cavity of chickens. It attaches itself to the major bones in the human body and begins a rampant osteogenesis process that results in the bones and surrounding tissue growing unchecked. Victims develop enormous asymmetric limbs and if left untreated, will usually die form calcium poisoning. There have been rumors however, of using this parasite on soldiers to purposefully induce greater bone density and even regenerate limbs.

>Cimex cerebrum: (c.n Headbug, Earwalkers, Lightning bug, Crippler) A parasite whose origin is unknown. It commonly settles in the most anterior part of the brain (the cerebrum) by traveling through the inner canal. It's also been known to settle in other places of dense nervous tissue (e.g the spinal cord) and seems to feed on the electrical impulses generated by nervous system. Infection of the cerebrum induces a constant desire to electrocute oneself, usually by seeking out thunderstorms and standing under them with a metal pole raised to the sky. Infection elsewhere generally results in paralysis. The only known cure is by complete anesthesia for several hours, at which point the parasite simply crawls out of the ear.

>Armillaria lux: (c.n glowflower, brightbud) A species of orchid that is the bane of every honest farmer. It is invisible during the day and feeds on the roots of common crops, inserting its own roots into the plant vessels and siphoning water and sugar. At night it glows in intricate colors patterns coordinated with other flowers that attract swarms of stinging insects. It is believed these insects use the light show as a signal for initiating their mating rituals. Because of the difficulty of picking one of these plants (invisibility during the day and insect swarm at night make it tricky) and because of their great beauty they are often used in marriage proposals.
Can I fuck one?
>Sleeper Trees
A species of tree which bears huge golden fruit, shaped like a pear but the size of a watermelon. Sleeper Trees can often be found growing in large forest clearing, usually forming large orchards of 5 to 6. The delicious fragrance of the Sleeper Tree's fruit attracts many animals to the trees, but a single bite of a Sleeper Fruit will almost instantly render one unconscious. This makes Sleeper Fruit extract a highly valued ingredient in poison crafting.

>Orchard Keeper
A creature resembling a huge, beautiful black and white stork which has a symbiotic relationship with the Sleeper Trees. An omnivorous creature, it is immune to the Sleeper Fruits' toxins, and feeds both on them and on any victims unfortunate enough to fall for the Sleeper Trees' trap. The corpses then feed the soil, nourishing the Sleeper Trees. As the only creature immune to Sleeper Fruits' effect, Orchard Keepers help spread the trees' seed through their dung. Keepers often make their nest in Sleeper Orchards, decorating their nests with their victims' remains.
I remember that book.
>Pearl Camel
Due to their peculiar diet, pearl camels grow gigantic, fist-sized or larger, pearls within each of their five humps. This makes them a popular target of pearl hunters, but these camels are more than capable to fend for themselves: their spit is sticky like hot glue and they can spit it out with the velocity of a cannon ball.

>Golem Termites
These termites are peculiar in that they build their large, ~3 metre tall mounds in a crudely humanoid shape. Once a mound is finished, the queen then uses her magically charged secretions to bring it to life, creating a naturally occurring golem populated with termites. The golem mound, controlled by the hivemind, fends off anteaters and gathers food for the termites to eat.

These Persian-looking cats can store deadly amounts of static electricity in their thick fur, allowing them to generate a powerful magnetic field. They levitate around by controlling this field and stun their prey with controlled jolts of electricity. While they may look cute, attempting to pet one is tantamount to electrocution.

>Iceberg Whale
These whales are rather small, but deadly. Their bodies can radiate intense cold, freezing great masses of water around them into ice and leaving only the tails and flippers free from it to steer the resulting iceberg around, as well as holes for breathing and eating. The whales use its mass to ram into larger sea creatures and ships, feeding on what's left of their victims afterwards.

>Undeath's Head
These gargantuan moths with skull-shaped spots on their wings are known as harbingers of disaster the world over. While they are rather harmless creatures themselves, inhalation of even the tiniest amount of glistening dust from their wings results in a certain death and swift reanimation as a mindless, flesh-hungry undead. This infection is spread through bites, resulting in catastrophic zombie infestations wherever these moths happen to make their path.
>Sea Hole
A sea hole is created when a sea star manages to survive for thousands of years, feeding and feeding and growing ever larger. At a certain point it suddenly transforms into a sea hole, a tiny marine echinoderm whose exact form is impossible to pinpoint due to a cloud of ink that surrounds it permanently. It perpetually sucks enormous amounts of sea water into itself together with whatever lives in it, be that a whale or a school of little fishes, but nothing ever comes out. Sea Holes are particularly dreaded by sailors for creating deadly whirlpools.
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>Winged Mergoat
Exactly as their name sounds, Winged Mergoat are aquatic creatures, that are capable of limited flight. The bane of coastal communities, as just like their terrestrial cousins(?) they eat EVERYTHING.
>Crou Crou
The secret stage of the frog life cycle. A tadpole matures into a frog when immersed in water, but into a Crou Crou when immersed in a thick fog. Rather than growing legs the larva grows larger and more magical, leaving the terrestrial environment and swimming through the fog. Crou Crou continue to live much as they did as tadpoles, feeding on decaying plants and scavenging refuse. Crou Crou lack reproductive organs, and reproduce in an anomalous parasitic manner. Anyone who looks at a Crou Crou for longer than thirty seconds becomes unable to have children. Whenever they try, only tadpoles come out.
So do they give birth to tadpoles or do they cum tadpoles?
Yep. Only tadpoles.
This demands deeper lore. Does the sperm/ladyjuices I don't know the scientific name of contain tadpoles within the body or do they transmute into tadpoles on the way out? Is there a way to somehow weaponize or otherwise exploit this? I feel like its breaking a law of thermodynamics or something so there has to be some use out of it.
Sort of like how there is no fire before a fireball spell is cast, the material and physical component to produce tadpoles is to ejaculate or give birth. At which point whatever or whoever would have come out is transmuted into an equal weight of tadpoles. I didn't really think about it this much before but that's how it works now use it in your games and novels everybody

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