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Loping Snatcher

“Children that go out at night get taken by the zumblesnatch.” — Unknown

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  • Strength-8
  • Intelligence-1
  • Charisma-1
  • Endurance-4
  • Agility-12
  • Luck-4

Danger Level: Medium
Likes: Children, Large Children, Just right Children
Dislikes: Things that don't go splat

Attack Method: Swoop down to snatch up prey, than slam it down on the ground.

Environment: Marshes, Swamps, Fields, Forests
Lifespan: 30 years
Size: 7 ft tall
Diet: Anything edible

Bodytype: Arm Support
Type: Arthropod
Rarity: Uncommon

Original Creator: SirBlizz98

Physical Description

A large insectoid creature with an obtuse, awkward shape not wholly dissimilar to a pear. It has a bulbous abdomen, that tapers down to where it reaches the creature's rather thorax and head. On their head they have a pair of largish black eyes, pressed in a tight squint. Atop their head are a pair of long drooping antenna covered in thin hairs and capped with a set of bulbous boppers. They lack any sort of mouth or mandibles, instead having a long spiked proboscis that hands from about the middle of their face.

Their body comes in a number of iridescent colors, most commonly a greenish-yellow. They have a pair of long loping arms with large long-fingered hands for grabbing up small creatures. They have four, mostly vestigial legs dangling impotently below their arms, and a a quartet of large, well developed insectoid wings on their back.


A bumbling and dopey, but nonetheless concerning predator of the air, zumblesnatchs are awkward creatures that bumble about in the air searching for any sort of prey. When they do locate such prey their methodology is quite simple; They swoop down, scooping up the creature in their large groping hands, and then upon flying up to a suitable height, simply drop it. As most creatures are incapable of surviving significant heights, this is a fairly effective strategy in spite of its lack of delicacy or cleverness.

Zumblesnatchs have a noted preference for anything small and scurrying -relative to them- and this will naturally include most species children. Indeed zumblesnatchs have a noted preference for the preying on the juveniles of many species, but it seems to give the creature a rather disturbing sense of delight to send the children of sapients screaming to their untimely demise.

The creatures spend almost all of their time bumbling in the air, including when they are otherwise asleep. Naturally this has left them decidedly unaccustomed to engaging with things on the ground, and if one ever needs to deal with a zumblesnatch, it is recommended to force them down, and deal with them as they flop ineffectually on the floor.


Grumblegatch: A more corpulent subspecies, found mainly on world's with a larger proportion of water than usual, and as a consequence mainly hunt fish and fish-like creatures. They are more usually colored in a blueish-purple sort of color, and have very distinctive sour expressions worn on their wide faces.

Bumblecatch: The black and gold bumblecatch is some cruel geneticist's idea of a prank. Created explicitly to bother the apidee, the bumblecatch thus has a particular focus on hunting apidee in exception of all other children and child-like creatures. Aside from it's bee-like coloration, bumblecatch's are notable for a pointed nub growing out of their abdomin, emulating some sort of stinger.

Bibimblegitch: Also called the "Pygmy Zumblesnatch", bibimblegitches are about three feet tall and usually a single solid, but shiny, coloration. Bibimblegitch's sometimes congregate around the large zumblesnatches, grumblegatches, and bumblecatchs, leading less knowledgeable observers to assume that they are juveniles.




• Zumblesnatchs have entered into many colonies local folklore as a sort of bogey-man, with parents warning their children of the danger of the zumblesnatch, should they misbehave.

• Zumblesnatch's buzz, as is typical of insectoid creatures with wings. However, owing to the zumblesnatch's peculiar, loping, flight, they have a distinct, rather odd, noise that accompanies them, that most listeners describe as: "Like an asthmatic blowing a raspberry through a broken saxophone."

• Zumblesnatch's, unsurprisingly, have phenomenal long distance eyesight. Their close-up eyesight is much poorer, and if they see something that looks like a small child or small animal from the air, they'll likely assume that's what it is.

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