Frozen Egg

Frozen Egg
Name: unnamed
Species: Nhirudo
Birthday: Thursday, October 25, 2018
Owner: bett132

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The tiny barbs on this plain egg's shell prick your fingers every time you touch it.

The oceans are full of many colorful jellyfish, but nhirudos are among the most striking. The gold patches on their bodies can produce fluorescent light, attracting prey to their tentacles, which are covered in stinging nematocysts. Like all jellies and their relatives, nhirudos inject venom through little needle-like structures in these cells. The venom is powerful enough to kill tiny creatures, but these jellies prefer to latch onto much larger prey. Unique among jellies, nhirudos will embed the barbs of its nematocysts into larger creatures and use them to suck the blood directly from its victims veins. The venom numbs the area, preventing the host from realizing the nhirudo has grabbed it. Eventually, the jelly will drink its fill and fall off like a tick or leech, often having grown much brighter in color because of its blood meal. If the jelly has eaten from an especially magical creature, it will often develop a purplish tinge. Drinking the blood of magical creatures doesn't seem to have much direct effect on the jellies, as they can't actively pursue creatures and mainly latch onto whatever they bump into, but nhirudos do seem to drink for longer when attached to magical creatures.

Sprite art: Tekla | Description: PKGriffin