Probably the only stationary/defenseless parasite model. This is the core of the life cycle of any parasite; appears in a way to be a fish egg. A hardy inner shell protects the parasite from any sun/fire/wind based damage for a certain period of time. The outer shell, composed of a solid gel-like substance, is solely present to prevent water/freeze damage to the egg (it can be easily destroyed with fire/heat), though its slimy consistency does provide a sort of “glide factor” for the Naginata who use it as a method of corruption. It’s often been inserted in any opening a Naginata could find and grows inside the victim, either corrupting or killing it. Depending on the environment in which the eggs are placed, parasites grow to become Leviathan (Serpent), Ichthyoid, Aranae (Arachnid), Anguilla, or Scorpion models. Whatever the case, all environments must be dark. Eggs can be smaller than millimeters in diameter—small enough to swallow or enter a victim’s blood stream. The largest eggs are about 1 ½ inches in diameter.
From long range, this model may seem defenseless, which is why it often travels in nests. It has no shell to protect it, making it pretty vulnerable to long range attacks. When traveling or going to claim a victim, the more peaceful of the larvae are in the middle of the nest, while the more aggressive are on the outer edges. When the victim is paralyzed, the Larvae often crawl all over it, (creating a stingy like feeling to the victim) until they find an opening. Larvae are often found in wet, cool, dark, areas, around dead bodies or ventilation shafts. They can also survive in places without oxygen, ideal for when they enter a victim’s body. Specially designed larvae (specified with a purple color to them and a purple/black gradient to their blood trails, burrow themselves inside of dead things, bringing them back to life as corrupted beings. If killed before then, they often explode into a wave of parasite blood with the intention of spreading to anything nearby (which is why purple larvae are often suggested to be either burned or done away with a magic attack—water and wind won’t work). Though they can’t see, they can sense when light or heat is close by, instantly scattering and burying themselves anywhere they can (dirt and wet sand being preferred). The more aggressive larvae often lunge themselves at their targets. Larvae on average grow to be about 4 inches long and 1 ½ inches wide.
A snake-like Parasite and perhaps one of the most well-known and aggressive Parasite models. Also known as the Serpent, the Leviathan model has a range of attacks meant to stun its prey, such as the tail-whip. It also throws itself into the target or whacks the target with its head), bites (it has a venomous bite) spits (spits its venom at its prey) and chokes (wraps its tail around the target—mainly the prey’s neck). Its battle cry resembles a mixture of a deep croak, a hiss, and a bird’s scream. It can also burrow itself under hard surfaces like cement, thanks to its hardy shell. When the target is paralyzed, Leviathan either forces itself inside the target (depending on Leviathan’s size) or “self destructs”, sending its strings of flesh (usually transforms into one or more larvae models) and parasitic blood to corrupt its victim. Leviathans often travel in nests of six, and are usually found protecting eggs or larvae from potential attackers. However, they are also frequently used as offensive beasts, simply attacking anyone who they sense are potentially dangerous or a specified target. Leviathans usually grow to be about 3 feet long and 9 inches wide—the largest model, codename “Sebastian” actually grew to be 10 feet long and 3 feet wide. (Sebastian hides inside his master, Xenon Naginata, when he’s not up and about, usually taking on the form of a red one-eyed cat.) It is interesting to note that the tails of the released Naginata resemble the body of the Leviathan—almost as if the model is the Oniyans’ spinal columns.
An eel- like Parasite, Anguilla often attaches itself to corals to feast on its nutrients and corrupt them or hides in caves, waiting for the next unlucky fish or diver to swim by. Anguilla has a similar body type to that of the Leviathan model, but its actual body is composed mostly of a red gel-like substance that appears purple because it’s underwater. Anguilla has similar attacks to Leviathan as well (depending on the size of the prey), though it usually waits until its prey is a few feet within its range to attack. One of its more frequently used attacks is biting—it attempts to either bite or trap its prey within its sturdy jaws, allowing the larvae in its mouth to attach to and corrupt it. Anguilla usually remains stationary and therefore not as harmful unless one comes within close range. If forced out its cave, off its coral or if it so happens to be swimming around, Anguilla is a formidable opponent—especially to those who find it hard to move underwater. It has a powerful tail whip attack that should be avoided, creating a strong current of water that forces the prey back a great distance. If the prey’s lucky enough to not hit anything on the way back, it simply keeps moving backward until the current fades. If the prey is powerful enough to swim against the current, it still must be weary of Anguilla’s tail, which either delivers a powerful blow or absorbs it. There have been no records of any fish or other prey escaping the gel-like substance that covers the rest of Anguilla’s body, though any powerful blast is sure to help one escape. Anguilla’s battle cry is simply classified as a deep roar, and it often creates powerful currents when it roars. Anguilla models can grow to be 24 feet long and 10 feet wide, making it the potentially largest parasite in existence—save for its king. There are actually electrical Anguilla models, but these are rare and are often found around the waters of Oniyex.
A menacing fish/piranha-like Parasite, the Ichthyoid model is perhaps the third or most aggressive parasite (depending on if you’re comparing it to a stationary or active Anguilla). It is easy to spot in that the bubbles around it turn red and it leaves a smoky red trail when it swims. When a potential prey is in sight, Ichthyoid lets out a roar (similar to that of Anguilla’s) and proceeds to attempt to bite and infect its prey, swimming at an abnormally quick speed. Despite its size, Ichthyoid has often taken on and corrupted even dolphins, whales and sharks—whatever’s unlucky enough to be in its path. It usually swims in warmer waters—freezing waters, ice, and lightning attacks can do substantial damage to it. The Ichthyoid model is the most dangerous when it travels in schools of its own kind. Ichthyoid grows to be about three feet long and 1 foot wide. The largest Ichthyoid is actually a whale that swims around La Seri, codenamed “Baleon”, based loosely off of the scientific name for a blue whale, Baleonoptera musculus, the largest mammal in existence.
A spider-like Parasite, Aranae models often travel in colonies, which differ in number depending on size. Aranae is fairly harmless—save for its venomous bite. It also often buries itself beneath the skin of or attaches itself to its prey with its legs, seeping its poison into its prey with its strings of flesh (after of course making an opening with its fangs. This model is often found in dark areas or attached to high places, waiting for a victim for it to drop itself on. The more of these models are found attached to a victim, the quicker the corruption spreads. Aranae often grow to be about 4 inches long and 1 inch wide, though there have been records of even larger versions of this model.
The second most aggressive model—if not for Leviathan’s tendency to force itself inside its prey. The Scorpion model has a venomous stinger and claws that it mainly uses to attack/stun/corrupt its prey. It also has a lunge and tail whip attack, much like the Leviathan. The scorpion model is often found in dry areas—mainly beaches and deserts. Usually it travels on its own, hiding beneath the sand and waiting for something or someone to attack. If found in a cyclone (a group of Scorpions) with its own kind, its threat level multiplies several fold. It is a very hardy creature due to the fact that most of its body is protected with its hardy shell, which is why Rebels and Slayers are trained to either kill it with magical attacks or force it to turn on its back so that it can be slain otherwise. Scorpion models can grow to be about 2 feet long and 6 inches wide—save for their claw and tail span.