Saturday, July 1, 2017

Brain Snails

We did some collaborative creatures creation on G+:

Benjamin B
Mind-control snails that perch on the craniums of different host species and control them.

Cedric P
they suck the brain into their shell?

Benjamin B
A harpoon-like tooth full of venom paralyzes their 'host' and allows the snail to get comfortably anchored. It bores a hole in the skull with radula and acid and extends its proboscis into the skull and hook into spinal nerves for controlling the body. I imagine them being cheerful and cute, with little eyestalks and everything.

Vincent Q
I'm picturing a snail with a skull in place of shell.

Cedric P
Maybe a nasty variant specie that consume the brain.

Benjamin B
I like how they could almost be mistaken for jaunty hats.

Ray O
That's awesome. What if these are children. The snails can only drill through skulls that haven't hardened into full adulthood.

Cedric P
And you are stuck with a snail kid. Since they don't erase their personality, they just fuse with it. Farmers won't kill their kids just because they have merged with a snail. I mean if they can still work on the farm, there still good. Times are hard, you need all the hands you can get.

Benjamin B
Maybe different sub-species of snails are especially good at different things, making them attractive options for 'partnership' in some communities. A snail that grants a superior sense of smell, letting snail children to scent valuable truffles, for example. A snail mage can concentrate on two spells at once. The heavy spiked shells of the war-snail serves admirably as a great helm.

Ray O
Oooh. I could see a weird detail of a village where it's generally abhorrent to imagine having a snail child ... it's a 'tragedy' in other words ... but one farmer has done it one purpose to 'make' a truffle hunter kid. So everyone kind of looks down on that farmer, maybe even you, but you need info from him.

Cedric P
Yeah it need to remain a tragedy. But you have to compose with it when it happen. That farmer who voluntary contamine his child is a greedy bastard.

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