Source: Children of the Void, pg(s). 82-83
Moonflowers normally stretch to over twenty feet tall and can reach four feet in diameter. The plants that fuel moonflowers' inter-planetary reproduction cycles are even larger, sometimes reaching heights as tall as a castle turret, though these plants are rare. A moonflower resembles a huge, vine-like tendril covered in alien flowers and strange, light-exuding nodules. Atop this central vine is a clam-like, bulbous growth which function as the moonflower's mouth. Beneath a moonflower's central stem stretches a network of roots seemingly dug into the ground but which are actually remarkably agile and allow the moonflower to move at walking speed.
Habitat & EcologyEdit
Moonflowers can be found nearly anywhere that there is food as they are incredibly hardy plants. Moonflowers can travel vast distances across entire continents, the only thing that can stand in their way is large bodies of water as moonflowers breathe through their root system. When moonflowers do travel it tends to be in vast herds moving like some natural disaster across the land eating everyone they come across. Luckily these herds are rare as most prey creatures recognise the moonflower's alien nature and flee from them, depriving them of their terrestrial method of reproduction. The first moonflower was found generations ago in the land of Numeria.
One of the most interesting parts of a moonflower's ecology is its bizarre method of reproduction. Normal moonflowers live for less than a month so they do not have time for complex pollination and seeds, instead they reproduce by consuming living creatures and using their remains to spawn more moonflowers. Despite their above animal intelligence moonflowers are driven by instinct to consume and reproduce as often as possible as only one in every hundred moonflowers are capable of the inter-planetary reproduction the moonflowers use to survive. These rare creatures grow to truly huge sizes reaching the proportions of castle towers, can live for decades and are able to scatter the moonflower seed-pods into outer space furthering the reach of the moonflower species.
Rules elements should be stated in in-world terms and integrated into the body of the article.
- Light Pulse
- A moonflower can generate an incredibly bright pulse of light within its nodules that blinds its opponents.
- Pod Prison
- A moonflower begins its reproduction by swallowing a creature whole. Rather than stay in its stomach the moonflower then spits out the creature cocooned in a hard, fibrous mass of plant tissue that crushes and dissolves the still living victim in the first stages of reproduction.
- Pod Spawn
- An creature killed by a moonflowers pod prison ability is within mere hours transformed into a fully grown moonflower.