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« on: 24 March 2006, 07:17:00 »

Miniature Cheopus

·       Categorization

Smaller Animals- Insects

·       Basic Overview of the Beast


Miniature Cheopus are insects, considered pests because they feed directly on all warm blooded animals. Usually humans and their pets or livestock serve as their "hosts". The Miniature Cheopus can jump 2 Palmspans vertically and 4 Palmspans horizontally. A skin reaction to a bite is usually a slightly raised, red, itching spot. Sometimes bleeding and swelling does occur and rarely infection from the bite will be lethal. Also the bite of Miniature Cheopus is thought to spread disease throughout populations though there has been no written proof.

Miniature Cheopus usually require warm and humid conditions to develop though not to thrive. Depending on their life cycle and the right weather conditions, often people don't realize they have an infestation until there are over a thousand residing in the area, making it more and more difficult to get rid of them completely.

Miniature Cheopus are attracted to body heat, movement, and the air exhaled by animals. If there are warm blooded animals, the Cheopus can thrive in the harsher conditions or climates.

·       Appearance

The average size ranges from 1-2 grains long, making them very small. Their bodies are narrow if you view it from the sides allowing them for movement in narrow areas between the thick furs of animals. Their bodies are covered with spines projecting backward making it difficult to remove by the shaking or scratching of an animal. They lack wings but have great power in their hind legs and can jump great lengths and heights for their tiny size.

·       Special Abilities
Cheopus are very small, with narrow bodies and quick little legs. They are almost too hard to see with the naked eye and once found they are somewhat hard to catch. They can not be killed by being squished in between a persons fingers unless the fingers are rubbed together as well because the Cheopus will just flatten out. Cheopus can jump aproximatly 100 times their length from a dead stop.

·       Territory
These beasts are found everywhere except for the extremely cold climates. As long as there are warm blooded animals, the Cheopus can thrive in the harsher climates. An infestation of Cheopus does not mean the area is dirty as these animals are very versatile.

·       Habitat/Behaviour

Though it would seem that these beasts live in groups due to the amount of them that can be found on one animal or person, they are actually solitary animals only coming together to breed. They are most often seen when they are adults and are running through the thick furs or hairs of their hosts. They can jump very high and far and are rather quick.

The Adult Cheopus are dark reddish-brown and 1-2 grains long. They have thin, flattened bodies and backward-directing spines on their legs and bodies that facilitate forward movement through fur, hair or feathers and prevent them from being easily dislodged, they are rather quick and once on a host they attempt to find a dark place to sink their little teeth in. If light hits them they will normally dislodge and run for the darkness.

·       Diet

Adults feed solely on blood; the larvae (looks like a caterpillar) eat  dried blood left over in the feces of the adults. The bite caused from the feeding by the adults can become inflamed, bloody and infected and can also spread disease amongst animals and people. After the feeding they will begin breeding... starting the cycle all over again.

·       Mating/Lifecycle Overview

Miniature Cheopus go through a complete metamorphosis. There are four distinct stages: eggs, larvae, pupae, and adult. Miniature Cheopus eggs are laid on the host or are deposited on the floor or ground surface. They also are often found in upholstery or an animal's bedding. A female will continue to lay a few eggs every day until she has reached up to 200-400 eggs. These eggs will develop into larvae from 2 days to several weeks, depending on the temperature and humidity. The larvae are active and look like maggots. The larvae will feed on organic debris, but particularly like to feed on feces of the adults. This diet contains undigested blood. The larvae are hard to spot and are found deep into the carpets or the cracks and crevices of floors and upholstery. The next stage called the pupae will look like a cocoon, also hard to spot. No sprayed pest killer will kill the pupae. Under warm conditions many adults will emerge from this protective cocoon within 7-14 days, longer under less favorable conditions. This cycle from eggs through the adult stage is generally 30-60 days.

·       Myth/Lore

Rumored to have been the cause for the Black Death plague in 602 b.S. which nearly washed out the entire township of Thevelin. It is thought that a Cheopus fed off of a Brownie rat which had the disease and then moved onto its next host, a human who contracted the disease from the blood of the rat. As the cheopus actually processed the blood, it did not contract the disease and instead passed it from rat to human and to further humans as it fed off multiple hosts.

·       Origins (optional)
It is unknown where the Cheopus came from though it is rumored that they began flourishing in the Netherworlds and were sent to all the lands to spread disease and to torture the warm blooded beasts that roam the world with their itchy bites.

This rumor of the Cheopus origin is especially the case in its larger brother, The Giant Cheopus, though they are so rare only 1 has been found and it was dead and partially decayed when found. It is debated whether the beast that was found was a Giant Cheopus or not.

·       Dangers

Whenever you see adults crawling on pets, it is only a symptom of a much larger problem. Adults account for only 5% of the total population in a location. Eggs account for 50%, larvae account for about 35%, and the remaining 10% are the pupal cocoons. That means that for every single adult, there are 10 eggs, 7 larvae, and 2 cocoons.

Miniature Cheopus are sometimes thought to have been the cause of the Black Death plague which nearly killed the entire township of Thevelin in 602 b.S though there is no proof.

Edited by: Ashen Gryphon  at: 4/8/06 18:16
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« Reply #1 on: 29 March 2006, 14:42:00 »

Ok, I've read the entry - here are some comments:

- You call the insect "Miniature Cheopus", but there isn't really a "Cheopus". Well, further down you write:

"This rumor of the Cheopus origin is especially the case in its larger brother, The Giant Cheopus, though they are so rare only 1 has been found and it was dead and partially decayed when found. It is debated whether the beast that was found was a Giant Cheopus or not."

So... this isn't really enough to define a species ("they are so rare that only 1 has been found").  So I guess if there was one discovered once with that size - or at least someone thought the insect to be a Cheopus - then it is just a) a special case of Cheopus and b) there's no reason to call the insect "Miniature Cheopus", simply "Cheopus" would suffice.

- Territory. I guess with this sentence "If there are warm blooded animals, the Cheopus can thrive anywhere else." you mean "If there are warm blooded animals, the Cheopus can thrive in harsher conditions or climates as well." Guess that's clearer.

- Also try to Santhariarize your entries as good as you can - for example mention specific regions where they can be found more often, mention stories about outbreaks of illnesses causes by these insects etc.

- Mating. Here you sound like a 21st century biology book with sentences like "Humidity below 50% and over 92% kills the eggs." And many more such sentences where chitin etc. is explained and so on. - All that seems way too technical and scientific and should be omitted or rewritten so that it is believeable that a scholar from the middle ages could have found things out through obersavtion. - Just mention such a researcher, recount what he has seen, what he tried to accomplish with his observations etc. - This is a Santharian entry!

- Myth/Lore. And now you actually get to a Santharian reference, and... it's all over again in a sentence... Just a few more details, Ashen!

- Dangers. "Current studies", the whole percentages etc. - time travelling again in the 21st century...

It's a good start, Ashen, but with more Santhariarization and less scientific writing, much more is possible! ;)  


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« Reply #2 on: 07 April 2006, 22:09:00 »

I am actually working on the Giant Cheopus.. and I need to edit the only 1 has been found thing... i actually changed that information in the Giant cheopus info i began making.

I will work on the rest as I get time.. mainly on Thursdays...lol


Edited by: Sammykins at: 4/8/06 18:05
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« Reply #3 on: 09 April 2006, 01:02:00 »

I have to emphasize here, Sammykins, that copying directly from other sources to write an entry (be it another fantasy bestiary or a site/book dealing with Earthen beasts) is not allowed. This is not the intention of writing Santharian Bestiary entries and can get us in a lot of trouble due to the copyright issues. Try to be original whereever you can, that's what Santharia is all about. Using sources for reference is ok, taking things from somewhere else is not.


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« Reply #4 on: 09 April 2006, 09:58:00 »

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Not sure I am sure what you are getting at but I doubt it matters. I have edited out alot of the technical info as requested... so most of the info I got elsewhere is gone anyway. As there isnt major research capabilities, alot of the info isnt needed anyway.


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