Meteorite Ticks are alien beasts that come to Araea riding on meteorites that fall during the seasons of storms. They haunt the areas of the world where such impacts are common, feasting on meteoric iron and any other metals they can find. They are not particularly picky if such metal being worn or not.
Where ever they come from must teach very poor manners.Meteorite Ticks are highly aggressive critters that have shown no trouble attacking even armed and armored humans when provoked. They are fast and vicious predator, chasing down their prey to tear at them with their powerful claws until they expire. Unlike many animals, they seem to kill prey even without feeding.
Meteorite ticks are almost completely silent, making no form of noise even when grievously injured. The only sound they make is clicking their claws together.Some form of social structure has been observed, with the largest tick controlling the pack beneath it. If Ticks from different pack meet, it ends in battle until one of them either submits to the other or is killed and its shell eaten, with the flesh left to rot into a purplish gas. The pack structure is loose, with the Ticks all remaining in the general area and congregating on occasion, but just as often they will hunt alone. While they have stayed out of human settlements so far and made no attempts to enter them, people have claimed to see them try to devour the metal carried by their victims while ignoring the flesh.
Most hope the tick is as bad as it gets.
Celestial CuisineIn desperate times, even the alien flesh from beyond the star can make it into the pots and over the fires. This has proven a poor choice and those who have tasted the flesh of the Meteorite Ticks have suffered from unusual new diseases, sometimes leading to death. In at least one instance, such a communal meal lead to the end of an entire surface village. By those who survived, the meat has been described to have a taste similar to burnt soup, with a fatty, slightly chewy texture.
CaptivitySome ticks have been captured, kept for study or simply for bragging rights. The creatures lose none of their viciousness in captivity and will maul any careless wardens. Cutting off the end of the tail does much to incapacitate the beasts, if one can immobilize them long enough to do so. Most hunters of the Surface are happy enough with a trophy, leaving the capture of the beasts to those very few willing to risk it.
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