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Echomm
         

Clique Beetle / Tick

Echomm
“Throw your voice! Confound your swarm-mates, except don't because they'll also have one!” — Notail's guide to picking a starter

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  • Strength-4
  • Intelligence-2
  • Charisma-5
  • Endurance-5
  • Agility-7
  • Luck-4

Danger Level: Safe

Likes: Teamwork, Running, Notails
Dislikes: Solitude, Uncoordinated groups

Attack Method: A weak bite to wear down prey in group pursuits, or kicking with large back legs in self-defense

Attributes
Environment: Eukaryote, As pets
Lifespan: 10 years
Height: 2 ft
Diet: Plants

Rarity: Common

Original Creator: Schazer

Physical Description

The echomm is an grasshopper-esque capture creature with large eyes, a squared-off face, and sturdy body balanced on its frontmost and middle pairs of legs, which have been adapted for movement closer to a quadruped's gait. The back pair of legs are much longer and covered in spines, folded against the body like a cricket, or perhaps the wings of a bat. The thorax is protected from the spines on the echomm's legs by modified wings, useless for flight, which line either side of the body.

The size of a full-grown echomm depends on how much food they received during their juvenile stage consisting of six moults - fed on a standard diet, an echomm reaches about two feet tall, while fed generously by a doting owner can result in an echomms large enough for a child to use as a short-distance steed.

Behavior

An echomm is an active creature, often running circles around its owner just to burn off excess energy. Its most distinct behavioral quirk is its clicking - by flicking its large back legs across its guard wings, the echomm produces a clear, sharp noise described as anything from a "clack" to a "drrrrrkt". It will make this noise constantly, producing about 75 clicks per minute, at all waking hours. The interval between notes grows further apart when other echomms are present to "fill in the gap", creating the same rhythm whether there is one echomm in the vicinity or twenty.

Easy to breed in large numbers, echomms are considered low-tier starter capture creatures for under-resourced villages, particularly those with many E, Y, and G-class children. Like most capture creatures, echomms are affectionate, loyal to their owners, and do not experience pain.

Subspecies

Stained-glass: Non-notail bioartisans have selectively bred for this ornamental subspecies, which as the name suggests exhibit a range of translucent colors on the panels of its wings. Their behavior has also been modified to click its legs against these wings at a pace which produces a small and pleasant ringing sound instead of the echomm's usual register, which has been described by its detractors as "a machine gun full of pebbles emptying out onto reinforced glass".

Special

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Trivia

• Echomms are not particularly popular as pets due to the need to either keep twenty of them at once, or; spend a fortune on leg mufflers, replacement wing cases, or other paraphernalia to stop an individual smashing its own body apart.

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