TRAPPERGEIST




CLASS: ECTOSAUR

The Trappergeist is a shy, timid creature that hunts from afar.

PARABIOLOGY:

This predatory Ectosaur loathes to be seen, and will often flee in a panic if discovered. While concealing its true body, its powerful pressure-sensitive jaws are left lying in ambush just beneath a floor, a pool of water or a heap of leaf litter. Snapping hust on the first creature to tread upon them, the jaws inject a debilitating neurotoxin as they are slowly but powerfully reeled in, often dragging the prey several dozen yards to the Trappergeist's hiding place. Highly elastic, the creature will engulf paralyzed prey whole in its rubbery, saclike body and digest it over the course of several days.

When startled, the Trappergeist may dissipate into a damp, dimly luminescent mist, leaving behind the remains of its last meal. It requires several hours to recuperate its semitangible form.

SLIME SECRETION:

Trappergeist slime is a transparent grey-blue, stringy and stretchy. It smells sharply metallic and tastes icy cold.

HAUNTING ACTIVITIES:

A Trappergeist will typically place its jaws first, then seek out its hiding place as it unrolls its muscular hunting cable. It prefers elevated locations such as treetops or chimneys, but will resort to storm drains, caves or septic tanks when necessary. It may emit a variety of sounds from its jaws to attract a curious meal, even perfectly imitating snippets of speech.


TACTICAL MECHANISMS:


ROAMING JAWS: the Trappergeist's jaws can extend on a fleshy cable to hunt at great distances away from its body.

NEUROTOXIN: the monster's bite injects a paralyzing venom.

VOCAL MIMICRY: the Trappergeist can replay sounds and voices from its jaws.

DISSIPATE: the monster can become a vaporous form when frightened.









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