Bonewig (5e Creature)
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Tiny monstrosity, unaligned
Spider Climb. The Bonewig can climb difficult surfaces, including upside down on ceilings, without needing to make an ability check.
Pincer. Melee Weapon Attack: +2 to hit, reach 5ft, one target, Hit: 1 piercing damage
Inhabit. The Bonewig may use its action to enter one of the orifices of a sleeping or unconscious humanoid whereas it will travel to the heart. The humanoid must make a DC 14 Constitution saving throw. On a success, the body rejects the Bonewig and the Bonewig perishes but on a failure, the Bonewig takes up residence alongside the victims heart. The Bonewig then makes the metamorphoses into a queen. 1d4 hours after initial entrance, the humanoid must make a DC 14 Constitution saving throw. Again, on a success, the Bonewig perishes, but on a failure the humanoid begins to suffer rapid bone growth. The growth of bone will quickly tear into and replace living tissue. After 1d4 hours, the humanoid must once again make a DC 14 Constitution saving throw. On a success, the Bonewig perishes, but on a failure, the humanoid has disadvantage on all dexterity checks and saving throws. They will feel the urge to find a tight enclosed spacce and will enter into the fetal position. Bone growth will continue, replacing most of the original body. The skeleton system structure will shift into a more spherical shape and some bones may even grow together. Bone will continue to grow out and will try to anchor the skeletal system done. The target can only be revived with a resurrection spell or a wish spell.
A Bonewig appears similar to a common earwig, be it with a darker color scheme and larger antenea. They are relativly harmless on their own, but they can deliver a powerful pinch with it abdominal forceps. It will try to enter into the internal systems of a humanoid and will become a Bonewig queen. The new host will begin to suffer massive bone growth, with bone quickly replacing the host's flesh. The Humanoid will feel and urge to find a tight and enclosed space, whereas it will enter into the fettle position. Bone growth continues u til all of the hosts original body is replaced with bone. The Skeletal structure will shift into a more spherical shape and some bones will grow together. Bone growth continues and will anchor the host done to its location. The Bonewig queen begins to produce Bonewig drones, totaling to about 20-30,00 Bonewigs. Bonewig scouting parties will be sent out to acquire food where they will then use what is remaining of the digestive system to break the food down for them and the young to eat. Eventually the Bonewig queen will choose a successor. The chosen Bonewig will then be prepared to become a new Bonewig queen by being fed a strange, honey-like paste created by the Bonewigs. The New Boneiwg will then leave the nest to find a new host to infect. A Bonewig Queen will usually have 5-6 Bonewig successors sent out of the hive before her death. Upon her death the remaining Bonewig drones will slowly disperse and die of and the hive will slowly decay and brake down over time, similar to what happens to normal bone.
(The following passage is an excerpt from the research notes of Oprix Urthall, a researcher working at the Arcane Identification Agency (A.I.A.): Unknown Entities Branch. AIA is responsible for identifying and recording unknown magical creatures and objects for public knowledge.)
The creature, now referred to as Entity-3667 was discovered in the basement of a town barkeep. The barkeep was reported missing and when authorities searched his basement, they found a complete hive created by Entity-3667. Only one instance of Entity-3667 has been found out in the wild so far. While in containment, the hive broke apart and only one instance of Entity-3667 survived. Testing was approved to observe the effects of Entity-3667 and to figure out how it created its hive.
The test subject, now referred to as Subject-3667-1 was formally a human female who was convicted of theft and attempted murder. Test Went as follows:
Procedure. Subject-3667-1 was to enter the containment chamber of Entity-3667. On no circumstances was the subject permitted to kill Entity-3667.
Results. Entity-3667 seemed to avoid Subject-3667-1 attention for the most part. When Subject-3667-1 picked it up, it delivered a strong pinch to the subject from its abdominal forceps. After a few more hours, Subject-3667-1 dozed of as it was nearing the end of the day. As soon as she dozed of, Entity-3667 seemingly became more active and quickly scurried over to Subject-3667-1. It crawled up her body and entered in through her ear. After about 4 hours after awakening, Subject-3667-1 complained of chest pains and shortness of breath, followed shortly by abdominal cramping and feeling stiff. Subject-3667-1 then began to suffer rapid bone growth, with bone spurs quickly over taking and replacing muscle and skin tissue. Do to the rapid bone growth, Subject-3667-1 screamed and vocalized about her pain. After a few more hours, he crawled over to the north-east corner of the containment chamber and entered into the fettle position. She later complained about no longer being able to move her body. Her skeletal system began to shift as more living tissue was replaced with bone and the body took on a more spherical shape. Bone protrusions continues to grow out of the skin, with some attaching themselves to the wall, presumably to anchor the body down. Subject-3667-1 began producing more instances of Entity-3667, presumable laid by the first instance. The insects would leave the body in search of food and resources. The hive acted similar to a normal hive of ants.
Analysis. During an examination of the active hive, Subject-3667-1 eyes were moving, sguuesting that it was still alive. All testing has been halted. After approximately months, the queen died. During this time 4 potential queens left the hive and have been contained.
(End of Document)