Necropossum

Necropossum are an opossum-like species. It's very rare to come across a necropossum, and rarer still to come across a still-living necropossum; they have a tendency to get themselves into fatal situations.

Large image of Necropossums

Influence

Hereditary influence

Low. Hybrids may have a high hereditary influence depending on the species of the other parent.

Environmental influence

High.

Ability to reason

High. Even though most of them are, well, zombies, they're an intelligent bunch. You'd think that cessation of all brain activity would make them a bit slow, but you would be wrong.

Language

Fae. Necropossums are a type of fairy. All types of necropossum can usually speak and read Fae.

Habitat

Native location

Glissod.

Elements

Affinities

Spirit, usually. Hybrids can have a secondary affinity depending on the species of the other parent.

Weaknesses

Varies on physiology and affinity.

Resistances

Varies on physiology and affinity.

Society

They're prone to loneliness, and often seek out friendship. However, due to their zombie-ish nature and the scent of decay that accompanies it, friends are hard to come by. Don't be afraid of any type of necropossum. They make great friends. Except the deadwoods. Don't go near them.

Abilities

Play Dead

When they die, as long as their head (brain, to be specific) is intact, they'll come back to life! Kind of. They stop growing, sure, and their body needs special upkeep to prevent the ever-present threat of decomposition, but that doesn't matter. Right?

It's currently unknown how they come back to life, but it has to do with the mushrooms that sprout from them after they die.

Play Life

All necropossums can raise bodies from the dead and order them around. The risen dead are just puppets, however, so you don't have to worry about a necropossum resurrecting your grandma and having her actually be there! It's just her corpse. No big deal.

Necropossums can also manipulate bodies that were never alive, like dolls, puppets, and mannequins. This type of manipulation is becoming very popular, since things like dolls need very little upkeep and smell better than zombies.

Physiology

Necropossums are extremely varied. They're all in different states of decomposition, and they love to replace parts of their body with, well, whatever they feel like. The sky's the limit.

Necropossums do tend to get into fatal situations, but they do not have a death wish. They just don't seem to have the "avoid danger at all costs" instinct that other species have.

Varieties

Deadwood

Deadwoods can be encountered in fairy circles of Glissod forests. They act as guardians of fairy circles and will try to kill any non-fairy that enter their fairy circles. They can't speak, but they do understand Fae.

Deadwoods stick to their fairy circles. If you're in a forest and suspect there might be a fairy circle nearby, stay clear of it. Not every fairy circle has deadwoods guarding it, but you shouldn't want to be the one to find out.

Deadwoods can be made out of anything you'd find in a forest(, like trees, dirt, rocks, bushes…). Deadwoods are created or grown, so they are highly influenced by the environment.

Reproduction

Only necropossums that have never died can reproduce, and then only with species similar in physiology. That's why hybrids are very, very rare.

Hybrids

Other parent Child Example
Manticore Deathwalker Image of Necropossum + Manticore
Clover Lamb Bansheep Image of Necropossum + Clover Lamb
Vanguard Bonefish Image of Necropossum + Vanguard
Cat Nekopossum Image of Necropossum + Cat
Singing Rabbat Vampire Rabbat Image of Singing Rabbat + Necropossum
Jackal Shackal Image of Necropossum + Jackal
Scrapgoat Junkrat
Turf Tiger Tomb Tiger Image of Turf Tiger + Necropossum
Bearring Grisly Bearring Image of Bearring + Necropossum

Deathwalker

Deathwalker is more of a pun than a threat. They're a type of necropossum, so they're probably dead, and they're still walking around.

They can be found in Althar Desert.

Tall, quiet, and very scary. Their manticore side usually gives them insect or arachnid features, like more than two eyes, or a deadly-looking tail. Their fuzzy necropossum side doesn't do much to make them look cute.

Like most manticores, they have a venomous sting, but deathwalker venom is especially bad. And like in manticores, all deathwalker venom is unique.

Like all necropossums, deathwalkers are prone to loneliness. Their terrifying appearance tends to upset the general population to the point where they choose to live outside of Althar rather than in it. So if you happen to see one, say hello, won't you? It'll probably make their day.

Bonefish

They don't always look like a skeleton, but even if they don't, they're still called bonefish. And not all of them transmit horrible diseases through their bites.

Whether they're a skeleton or not, they usually look like a vanguard that's gotten into a terrible accident, even if they've never died before.

Wounds inflicted by a bonefish are extremely dangerous. They poison and shut down the immune system, often resulting in localized disease and infection. Accidental wounds from a bonefish (such as the result of horsing around or wrestling) are not dangerous, and heal normally.

Bonefish take pride in their vanguard heritage and enjoy socializing with others, but due to their appearance are often shunned by everyone. Their attempts to rescue drowning swimmers are often met with fear and misunderstanding, and divers have been known to almost panic and faint when coming across a bonefish unexpectedly.

So if you're out in the ocean and see a horrible, dead-looking sea-creature swimming toward you, feel at ease. Like vanguards, they're good company.


References

Floraverse: Monsters from Monsters
Floraverse Wiki: Necropossum

Other notes

This is currently the only species sheet released as an interactive fiction.