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« on: 18 August 2006, 06:07:06 »

Basic Overview of the Beast
The mite swarm is a group of minute insects existing collectivly as an airborne pestillence containing thousands or more individuals. that exists around the countryside through out the part of Sarvonia to then north of Heckra

         Appearance
The individual mite is approximatly one nailsbredth and two grains long, and possesses a body divided into approximatly 10 individual segments, all of which are coloured a muddy brown. The mite has approximatly 4 pairs of legs. It possesses minute translucent wings, like those of a beetle, and a pointed stinger like protusion at the end of the body. While this may not do anything it does add to the confusion of discerning whether it is a swarm of hornets or mites. The swarm itself is a loose cloud, appearing to be a group of fast-moving brown dots. A larger central dot will move before the rest of the cloud and is difficult to track. Generally it is easier to find the aftermath of the mites than the beasts themselves.


         Special Abilities
The mite swarm is capable of ingesting almost any organic material. They will move collectivley to avoid being eaten by larger creatures. As a group the mites are almost unstoppable.

         Territory
The mite swarm exists selectivly in a band of Sarvonia between Nyermersis and Heckra from coast to coast. The insects will venture further south but is seldomly seen, and the swarm appears to be smaller, they are not seen anywhere past Santhala. They are more promenent to the north, but do not travel further than Dragon's Maw. This would have something to do with the temperatures. The mites migrate to the south during the winter months, and seem to hibernate, eating very little and becomming near impossible to find.
       
 Habitat/Behavior
The mite swarm seem to move around a central insect, which is larger than the others. This insect will move before the others and appears to be their leader. The swarm will avoid bodies of water of more than 3 peds in diametre, but will go around the water, fly over rivers, or simply go another way. The sasfest place to be if a mite attacks is in the middle of the nearest pond. Mites also seem to avoid fire, however small the flames may be.

         Diet
The mite is completly omnivorous, anything organic, living or dead is on its menu, textiles, wood, plants and flesh are all free for eating. However, this being said, the mites tend to feast on wood and crops, as the other forms of food generally envolve having to go inside houses, which is difficult for the mites, as they


The signs of mites are usually obvious. Very little is generally left whole, rocks and stones will be unscathed, crops will be destroyed as if by wildfire, buildings will be empty of life, fabrics with holes and chunks torn out of them. Many half eaten corpses of both people and animals, trees striped bare of their leaves and bark, chunks torn out of the wood. Entire streches can look like veritable wastelands.

         Mating
There is very little known about the mites, they appear to hatch from eggs, which are layed under the leaves of trees. The eggs are green and brown in colour. Eggs that are pure brown do not appear to hatch. This could be because they have a defect in them.
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« Reply #1 on: 20 August 2006, 00:10:57 »

PLEASE COMMENT! I am going very slowly crazy with the waiting!  shocked
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« Reply #2 on: 20 August 2006, 00:33:05 »

I didn't read it, but you are going to need MORE....

I will read it now, but you will need more of everything...

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« Reply #3 on: 20 August 2006, 00:35:27 »

do you know that that was extremely helpful...
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« Reply #4 on: 20 August 2006, 00:39:07 »

I want to know more about their behaviours, i.e., who the central bug is and what their role is.  I also want to know more about the water phobia.  I want to know more about everything.

There are places where cleaning up is required.  

For example:  You tallk about the mite swarm, is there only one? Or is it supposed to be the mite swarms?  

I also would like to hear more about mating.

Vagueness is not a good thing, we want/need details!

:)

That is a start!

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« Reply #5 on: 20 August 2006, 00:40:26 »

Extremely helpful?  Why thanks, thats what I'm here for! :)

Unless you were being sarcastic... then it's :(

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« Reply #6 on: 20 August 2006, 00:42:31 »

That was sarcasm. Its really not much help with anything.
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« Reply #7 on: 20 August 2006, 00:52:24 »

More, more, more is all you are going to hear until you add alot.

You asked for comments, this is it.  "More."

Don't ask for comments if you don't actually want them.

:)

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« Reply #8 on: 20 August 2006, 01:02:45 »

*Glares*, well then, may as well keep to it.
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« Reply #9 on: 20 August 2006, 02:05:46 »

Niccoli, why are you glaring?

You asked for comments, I gave you the most pertinent one, which was that you would need alot more information in your entry.  I'm sorry if that bugs you, but it is the truth.  Read other entries and tell me if yours doesn't seem a bit short.  You really must read other works in order to find out what is required.

I apologize for offending you, but you asked for comments, and I gave you one, the same one that everyone would have given you.

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« Reply #10 on: 20 August 2006, 02:12:26 »

sorry, should have changed that. Was glaring at keyboard trying to think of something to write. My appologies.
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« Reply #11 on: 20 August 2006, 14:10:09 »

No problem...

I look forward to the next draft of the entry...

Good luck...

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« Reply #12 on: 21 August 2006, 02:22:11 »

there are edits!
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« Reply #13 on: 21 August 2006, 03:22:29 »

Only some very quick comments


Basic Overview of the Beast
The mite swarm is a group of minute insects existing collectivly as an airborne pestillence containing thousands or more individuals

Add here as well half a sentence from territory.
Who did count them? Maybe add the size of the cloud


         Appearance
The individual mite is approximatly one nailsbredth and two grains long, and possesses a segmented body coloured a muddy brown, with multiple pairs of legs. It has minute translucent wings, like those of a beetle, and a pointed stinger like protusion.
I can‘t picture it yet, is it slender, how many segments, how many legs approximately, where sits this protrusion? How long are the wings?

The swarm itself is a loose cloud, appearing to be a group of fast-moving brown dots. A larger central dot will move before the rest of the cloud and is difficult to track. Generally it is easier to find the aftermath of the mites than the beasts themselves.
are they so rare?


         Special Abilities
The mite swarm is capable of ingesting almost any organic material. They will move collectivley to avoid being eaten by larger creatures. As a group the mites are almost unstoppable.

That is a bit unlikely, I know this from fishswarms, but don‘t you think bats and birds wouldn‘t hunt them? Who are the predators?

         Territory
The mite swarm exists selectivly in a band of Sarvonia between Nyermersis and Heckra from coast to coast. The insects will venture further south but is seldomly seen, and the swarm appears to be smaller, they are not seen anywhere past Santhala. They are more prom inent to the north, but do not travel further than Dragon's Maw. This would have something to do with the temperatures. No proper sentence The mites migrate to the south during the winter months, and seem to hibernate, eating very little and becomming near impossible to
find.
How far? When can they be seen? Is there a collective movement of them, are they like migrating birds?
Write down what you have in mind

       
 Habitat/Behavior
The mite swarm seem to move around a central insect, which is larger than the others. This insect will move before the others and appears to be their leader. The swarm will avoid bodies of water of more than 3 peds in diametre, but will go around the water, fly over rivers, or simply go another way. The sa()fest place to be if a mite attacks is in the middle of the nearest pond. Mites also seem to avoid fire, however small the flames may be.
That is a tiny little bit contradicting - avoiding pools of three peds but nevertheless flying over rivers? Maybe tell us something about the distance. (the bigger a river the higher they fly?

         Diet
The mite is completly omnivorous, anything organic, living or dead is on its menu, textiles, wood, plants and flesh are all free for eating. The main component of their diet is any form of wood.
Write a bit more about how they are attacking, about what farmers or other people observe. add under territory if they are seen in cities as well or only in the country

The signs of mites are usually obvious. Very little is generally left whole, rocks and stones will be unscathed, crops will be destroyed as if by wildfire, buildings will be empty of life, fabrics with holes and chunks torn out of them. Many half eaten corpses of both people and animals, trees striped bare of their leaves and bark, chunks torn out of the wood. Entire streches can look like veritable wastelands.
I would assume that nothing is left - no half eaten corpses

         Mating
There is very little known about the mites, they appear to hatch from eggs, which are layed under the leaves of trees. The eggs are green and brown in colour. Eggs that are pure brown do not appear to hatch. This could be because they have a defect in them.
Come on, how is the leader „created“?


Good start so far, hope my comments help!

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« Reply #14 on: 22 August 2006, 04:30:32 »

Okay, made some edits to the diet, realizing that obviously they would have to be without large numbers, which would defeat the purpose of being a swarm, or we'd have whole bunches of towns disapearing into nothing. Added stuff to the Overview, and appearence
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