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Name: Burrowing Ant
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Quick Facts:Large, panther sized ants that live in colonies of several hundred
Height: Approximately 2’
Length: 2-4’
Weight: 30-50lbs
Native to: Unknown IC, OOC: Hiladreth
Locations: Western Idalos

Appearance:These ants were at one point regular sized. An enterprising magician sought to create a set of sentient ants that would assist him in crossing the Fields of Gauthrel.

He eventually found a group of people willing to permanently undergo the transformation, but something went wrong. Whether the magician overestimated his abilities, or perhaps something else unexpected happened. All that is known is that the magician died and the ants disappeared for decades. It was only in the last few arcs that reports of abnormally large ants have begun to trickle in.

The ants are, physiologically, identical to regular ants. Their bodies are simply much larger, and as a result their colonies are much smaller. They are jet black without exception, disappearing into the darkness of the night quite easily.

They retain some basic sentience, however that only serves to make them much harder to kill. Luckily they are not hostile unless their nest is disturbed.

Habitat: The ants live in Western Idalos.The type of land they live in doesn’t matter, with the exception of water. The ants cannot swim, and retain a fear of deep water. As such they avoid any where that they cannot touch the bottom- lakes, oceans, rivers.

They live in colonies, like regular ants, however their colonies are significantly smaller. The sizes range from 100 up to 500 with a mature queen. The older and more powerful the queen, the more ants will obey her. It is possible for a powerful queen whose colony has been lose to steal away another queen’s population.

Lifespan and Development: Identical to the reproductive cycle of regular ants. The drones live for five arcs at most, the queens living up to fifty.

Diet: They eat a mixed diet- small rodents, birds and other insects are all viable prey for the ants, but they also will eat grasses and berries. They are mainly scavengers, however, dragging bodies back to their nest in groups to tear apart and eat.


Temperament: The ants are fairly timid, tending to avoid humans whenever possible. The only exception is when their nest is disturbed, and their behaviour can best be likened to a hive of bees when this happens. They swarm, using pheromones to communicate quickly and efficiently.

Possibly due to the nature of the humans that were first turned into them, the ants bear an incredible hatred for any Immortal Spawn. Using some unknown method they are able to detect and track them as soon as they are within 5 miles of their nest. Battles with them are incredibly bloody, the ants often taking heavy losses. Several ant colonies have been monitored, and have actually exterminated themselves by attacking Spawn before they were able to rebuild their strength.

Abilities: Their bodies are incredibly tough, the exoskeleton behind useful as makeshift armour. Their bites are powerful, and they can pull limbs off, were they so inclined. Their human origins have left them with an increased intellect, and they can send complex pheromone signals easily.


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