Fauna of Subterra

General

On this page various animals that live in Subterra can be found. For most of them it isn't worth making an individual page, so they are instead listed here together with an image (if one exists), a short description, and with an explanation as to what makes them special, important, or otherwise noteworthy. They are sorted by geographic region and then the alphabet so it is easier to find them.

Fire Maggot

A fire maggot's body is 1-3 m (3.3-9.8 ft)long, 0.3-2 m (1-6.6 ft) thick, and made out of multiple sections, akin to those of a normal maggot. They have a head with small round eyes, that are capable of seeing in near total darkness, if with a very blurry eyesight. It is enough to spot quick movements, which for the fire maggot mostly indicates the presence of a threat. As they have no legs, they contract their body and expand it again in order to move forward. Part of their head is also a set of mandibles that are capable of crushing the shells of other insects, but could never get through a kul's scale or even a cavern crawler's chitin armor.

Their skin is white to gray and has a smooth texture. The head's color can vary between black or brown. Their round eyes are black and do not have a pupil. The hide is thick enough that rocks do not penetrate it, but it is of no use against any kind of proper blade or pointy tip. Arrows easily pierce the skin. Their best protection against predators is their build-in flamethrower.

Special glands within their bodies within their bodies produce a flammable liquid. However, this liquid will only burn when it comes into contact with heat, except it is combined with another liquid that is produced within a secondary gland inside the head. Upon ejecting the fuel, the secondary gland will inject its own chemical into the stream. The combined fluid shoot out of the maggot's head and ignites mid flight, setting the threat ablaze upon impact. The fire maggots produce a large quantity of their fire's fuel, since they also use it to store energy within their body, similar to how other animals have fat deposits. Due to this, their bodies feel very soft and even less solid than the usual maggot. Heating up a fire maggot can result in it exploding if the ignition point of the fuel is reached. Piercing the skin of the maggot won't cause this, except the organ that is responsible for making the secondary chemical has also been damaged.

One can, if they are careful, extract the fluid by simply stabbing the maggot and catching the liquid as it runs out of them. It makes for good lamp fuel or could be used to drench the wrapping of torches. Due to its volatile nature, it even finds common use in small clay pots which can be lit with a fuse - fire bombs.

Fire maggots are not intelligent at all, but still act smarter than the common insect. They spend all of their time patrolling the underground tunnels for food. If threatened, they'll spray their burning liquid at whatever is trying to attack them, being as slow as they are, they do not flee but simply hope that the enemy is scared away by their painful weapon.

They live in the underground caverns and tunnels of Threa, even in the upper parts and even in caves that are connected to the surface. This makes it possible for surface dwellers to find fire maggots and milk them for their fuel, if they know where to look. Hozkul and -lin inhabited areas are usually avoided though, as well as any other concentration of living creatures. Often fire maggots will infest trash heaps or dung piles of the underground nations, due to the abundance of food within them. This makes fire maggots a pest for the Hozkul and -lin, who have to deal with them or they might be faced with fires in their trash heaps.

Another place to easily find fire maggots in is any cavern crawler nest. The large insects feed the maggots, treating them like some form of cattle. They do this because they are actually capable of digesting the liquid they store. It is a bit of a grotesque process. The cavern crawlers dig their mandibles into the maggot and then suck the fuel right out of them, filling up their stomachs.

Fire maggots eat everything they can get between their mandibles. Even the waste of other creatures is food to them. However, moss and mushrooms are their favorite food and caverns full of these will easily attract the maggots in large numbers - much to the dismay of Hozlin farmers.

- physical description (type of animal, shape, comparison, sexual dimorphism) - Horns, claw, teeth, color - scale, fur, pattern, protective effects, eye colors - mention different races of the species - talk about their behavior, are they smart? - how do they live, social stuff - for reproduction at most mention mating season, who gets to copulate, and if they lay eggs or not - speak of habitat and diet - speak of uses in the civilized world