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Drop Flower
         

Skullcrushers

Drop Flower
“Holy fucking shit that's not a robot oh god call an ambulance” — A distressed witness

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  • Strength-7
  • Intelligence-1
  • Charisma-1
  • Endurance-3
  • Agility-3
  • Luck-6

Danger Level: Medium

Likes: Ambushes, Sugar water
Dislikes: Fire, Bright light

Attack Method: Latches its mouth around victims head before trying to smother and crush them.

Attributes
Environment: Forests
Lifespan: 30 years
Height: 2 ft
Diet: Meat, Travellers

Rarity: Uncommon

Original Creator: Dorf
Physical Description

A much-feared predatory plant, the drop flower, also called an imitating headcrusher, is made up of an array of of thick square leaves covered in teeth arranged around a central square body, with several spiked mandibles inside. It also possesses a number of fleshy long tentacles which protrude from this central body.

These leaves can close with great force, forming a boxlike structure with tentacles protruding through gaps and from the top, which is usually around the head of a victim. Once closed, they can continue to squeeze with great strength and the leaves themself are able to press inwards, assisting in the goal of killing the creature. They then secrete strong digestive juices which absorb and dissolve the victim's head.

The headcrusher is also able to extend a number of "neural connections" which it uses to interface with the victim's body.

Behavior

Headcrushers lurk in the lower branches of trees, anchoring themselves with coiled tentacles, waiting for a creature to pass below them. When this happens, they drop down onto the head of the unwary passerby, grab them by the head in their jaws forming a box-like shape, and begin squeezing in an attempt to crush or asphyxiate the victim. They are canny, and often position themselves above water sources, over often-used paths, and outside doors in the forest. When they have digested the head of a victim, they attach themselves to the spine and pilot the corpse to the next location they wish to hide in, before consuming the rest of the body and climbing a tree.

Subspecies

TV parasite: This urbanised variant of the drop-flower has a hard, glossy carapace with a screen-like marking on one of its leaves, and forms a much more regular shape on the head of its victim. Along with the wiry spikes on its topside, this variant closely resembles several "tv-head" models of AI when clamped to a victim's head. It lives in tangled overhead power wires in cities and drops down on lone people walking home at night. Sometimes it positions itself outside back doors of establishments to catch workers going out to dispose of rubbish in the dark.

Special

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Trivia

• Species escaped from their home planet after it became trendy to eat fried in illegal restaurants.

• Drop-flowers often have trouble attacking species with large or unusually-shaped heads, but can still seriously injure people with spines and spiked mandibles.

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