Here be quote from a demon lord after realising that the thornies have deserted during the invasion of Paneus.Thornies are sentient plant creatures from the Demon Plane, most of whom escaped into Paneus during the demon invasions. Unhappy with their treatment at the hands of the Demons they figured they could make a better life for themselves on this plant rich world. They found a secluded spot at the foot of a volcanic mountain and settled down, keeping to themselves in fear of the Demon Purges. Over the ensuing years they have remained largely undiscovered and have built a community and society for themselves. A recent partnership with the Assassin's Guild has seen the way of life for some Thornies change quite dramatically, but for the rest of their community life continues on as normal.
AppearanceTwo spindly arms protrude from either side of an only slightly thicker stalk-like body atop which rests a bulb shaped head. Their 6 legs sprout from the bottom of their bodies like thorny roots and can propel them across the ground and surprising speeds. They are covered in sharp thorns which grow from thick fibrous skin, making them appear like humanoid brambles. Colouration varies from dark olive to bright green, with their thorns being several shades darker than the rest of their skin. The only facial features they appear to have are a pair of small round eyes, which look like red berries. From the tops of their bulb-like heads sprouts a short tuft of fine coloured fronds, these come in all colours across the red - blue spectrum.
A Matriarchal SocietyAll Thornies are male and work for the survival of their system and to provide for the Mother. The Mother, while capable of movement, only does so under the most dire of circumstaces. The Mother will put down and grow an impressive root system which can stretch out for several miles given the right soil conditions. This system allows her to have a connection to the land it grows through and all plant life wihtin it. The Thorny's job is to maintain the land the Mother claims as hers, keeping it free from pests and any plant life which would threaten the mother. They also tend the land, ensuring it does not become overgrown, as this can choke the mother's roots. The mother requires more animal protein for survival than do her male offspring, some of this she can get from her root systems as they encounter insects and burrowing creatures. However, in the weeks leading up to her flowering season she requires more than this, at which time the Thornies will hunt her down larger creatures, and bring them to her.
There are two circumstances in which the Mother will produce a female seed: If she senses she is coming to the end of her life cycle, or if the System becomes too large. In the case of the former, this seed will be planted at the foot of the mother and her death will fertilise the ground upon which her daughter grows. In the case of the latter, the seed will be taken to a new location which has been deemed suitable by Thorny scouts and planted there to start a new system.
Mating RitualEvery 2 years the Mother produces flowers, which sprout at random fron her body. At the same time, any fertile Thornies within the community will begin to produce pollen. This pollen production last for 3 days, on the second day the pollen is at it's most potent. On this day the Thornies will hold a fertillization ritual. This consists of the Thornies leaping and dancing around the mother in a 3 hour long ritual. This energetic movement causes the air around the mother to become full of pollen. This pollen then settles upon the flowers she has produced and pollinates them. After a few days the flowers fall away and leave behind seeds. These seeds are plucked and planted in sulphur rich soil in a nursery not far from the mother. The seeds germinate for 4 months before sprouting to the surface as spiny pods. The pods continue to grow foe another 3 months, at which time the young thorny inside will break their way free. The young thorny will take several weeks to reach saplinghood, at which point they take up light duties. They reach maturity after a year at which point they are considered old enough to go out beyond the community home.
one and a half to two foot
Body Tint, Colouring and Marking
They range in colours from a dark olive green through to dark brown. Their thorns are usually a few shades darker than the rest of their skin.