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Shambling Messes
         

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Shambling Messes
“Please! Get it off of me! My vacation - ruined!” — Duchess Eipiela, Grand Soothal Consort

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  • Strength-2
  • Intelligence-1
  • Charisma-1
  • Endurance-9
  • Agility-3
  • Luck-3

Danger Level: Harmless, but icky to anything larger than a pebble

Likes: Hugs
Dislikes: Excessive heat or cold

Attack Method: Envelopes food, once it detects that the thing it is hugging is small enough to be food.

Attributes
Environment: Flood plains/grasslands, Swamps
Lifespan: Organs can last up to 3 years; individuals can theoretically live forever with frequent enough organ exchange (if one considers one mess as being individual)
Height: The smallest possible is 3 ft
Diet: Filter feeder. Consumes seaweed, plankton, microorganisms, minerals, grainseed, etc

Rarity: Common

Original Creator: greatwheatshrike
Physical Description

A shambling mess has no outer skeleton or epidermis. They are a mass of varying organs suspended in a gooey suspension, which moves through pumplike contractions of the suspension against the air to propel itself forward. Each individual has an indeterminate amount and type of organs. Parts of these organs begin growing according to need, and are completed and reproduced by individuals combining different growing or dying/damaged parts of organs together when they hug to transfer some organs around. A shambling mess can get very big if they gain enough organs.

One organ provides a non-stick-coating for their bottom parts to reduce ground friction. This substance is sometimes farmed out of them industrially by various higher species.

Behavior

They just kind of shamble around, looking for food and other shambling messes. They mostly blob about horizontally, though they can straighten themselves up tallways to overcome sheer vertical faces by simply reaching up top, anchoring themselves there, and sucking all of their mass and organs upwards.

Subspecies

Shambling Horders: Rare individuals are mean and will not reciprocate when another shambling mess hugs them. They horde many of a certain type of organ.

Spotted Mess: This one's got spots.

Special

Icky: Most characters hugged by a shambling mass will feel weird about it for a while.

Trivia

• A shambling mess, when attacked, will instinctively guide any foreign object traveling through its goo mass around any organs. This makes it very difficult to permanently damage a shambling mess through blunt trauma without lulling it into trusting you first. It's much easier to kill a shambling mess with a special No-Mess detergent that dissipates their suspension, available at most hardware stores. This detergent is usually on sale during a planet's thaw season.

• Shambling messes can be frozen for up to 30 days without permanent damage, and most dormant freeze periods up to 100 days will not damage a shambling mess enough to prove fatal. Their goo suspension's freezing point is slightly below the freezing point of water.

• Shambling messes are vulnerable to heat, though, with high temperatures breaking them down into a more liquidy state that cannot support their organs.

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