Custom Race: Mimic
Ebon Ridge , long ago in the ambles of pre history was primordial swamp. Plants and trees doubled in size , monstrous and long since extinct monsters that fed or each other , inhaling and soaking in the surrounding magics of this savage land. One such monster was the mimic. Tho misleading in name as a 'mimic' refers to an entire hive of the creatures. A single mimic is only larger than a few blood cells. A microscopic insect and by itself completely harmless. It is the odd magical communication of the hive , that allows every singular mimic to communicate with the rest , to a hive of mimics there is no 'we' or 'us' only 'I' , a hive mind consciousness. Mimics cannot survive long in small numbers , spreading themselves thin removes that communication from the whole , leading to the 'cell' mimics to simply die off.
At the turning of the primordial age , with the birth of old gods and old magic came a coming ice age , a shift in power that would shape the world forward , causing the mimics to bury their hives far below the earth. It would be long , sleeping eons before a coming rise , the 'angered mountain' would force them back up through the long damp crusts of the earth in to the warmth of modern day. Now small in total numbers , Mimics have taken to leeching off their much less savage surroundings. Taking the shape of humans to make use of indoor heating , buildings , money , foods , house animals to steal easy lives , wild animals to live once again off the prey they can catch. Here in Ebon Ridge , The mimics are most numerous , most ;like some birds; migrate with the seasons , traveling south during fall and winter and returning in the spring and summer , some stay and make use of other ways to beat the weather.
The surrounding mimic population has given Ebon Ridge an odd reputation. Jackalopes , sharks in ponds , giraffe like deer , tiny horses , and all other manner off oddities seem to keep popping up thanks to their odd shapes. Too date no once has gathered conclusive evidence of Mimics existing , perhaps given their near impossible to capture nature , but it would not be strange to find 'monster hunters' following the many leads Mimics leave behind.
Shape shifting. Not just the forms of animals or humans but bizarre and strange shapes. Shelled skin , bladed arms , elongated or tentacled limbs , multiple eyes or mouths.
Swarm. The ability to 'scatter' the mass of 'bugs' to achieve flight. Often mistaken as a swarm of june bugs of mosquitos as it travels. Cannot achieve any other shape , speech , ability or feat while scattered.
Regeneration. The Hive can account for and regenerate lost 'bugs' or make up for uneven numbers in certain parts of the 'whole' by shifting the remaining hive around.
Hive. a Hive is a stationary 'home' the mobile 'body' keeps. Destroying the 'body' with out destroying the hive will allow the body to regenerate over a week. Destroying the Hive will unnerve the body if it is left alive. Often causing paranoia , anxiety and hostility until a new hive is made.
The Cold (Racial). Nothing screws with a hive like the cold. Regeneration slows down , they need to sleep more and they get cranky. Ice magic will do considerable damage , blizzards will prevent the use of 'Swarm'.
Darkness (racial). Bugs require water , food , heat and sunlight to prosper. Sticking them in the dark long enough will slow them down and eventually lead to dieing off.
Physically weak (racial). bodys are physically weak , being able to lift no more than ninety pounds in standard 'human' shape. Must take new shapes to lift heavier objects or to engage in physical tasks. These forms -will- give away that the hive is 'non human'.
The Weird (racial). Hives are odd. They do not mimic humans perfectly. Often becoming hoarders , 'crazies' , homeless , outcasts. They often talk in odd manners , have strange moral compasses and a compulsion to collect 'treasure' , which is any object with value to themselves , often leading to large piles of junk being used as hives.
Fire: Bugs on fire? Crispy! It's like popcorn really. Due to their physiology (made of bugs), Mimics are more in danger of being harmed by fire than most other species. Any actual flame puts them in danger of losing their body (not the hive!): candles, lighters, bonfires etc. Heat sources without open flame however are great for them.
Bugspray: It works on Mimics!
Observing (Racial). Hives have a powerful sence of sight in all forms. They can see further , in higher detail and can often pick out 'warmth' in darkness. While not able to see in the dark itself this ability lets them get around well enough in such.
Value Picking (Racial). Hives can 'feel' when an object has a powerful history to it and will find such objects enjoyable to have. Older hives will often live in or with large piles of such 'treasures'. They do not react well to people touching or taking things from their hordes and will often react violently to theft.
MacGyver.(racial). Taking things apart and putting them together again. Pushing things together to see what happens. Mixing chemicals and hucking them at wild squirrels. Hives love working with their hands and over time accumilate strange and interesting ways to get machinery to work or find new ways to use old tools.
Note: Mimics are Omnivores. They do not exclusively eat meat!
(Text by Allen)