Leupaks (loo-pack) are a species of reptilian monster with rubbery skins, mutagenic venom, prehensile tongues and powerful psionic abilities native to Psyche, but found in almost every planet and realm the Dreamwaker has ever set foot upon. They are genderless; all leupaks generate eggs and have the ability to implant them in other creatures through their tongueclaw, which is also used for injecting venom and siphoning blood.
All leupaks come in an infinite variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and patterns, typically related to the concept which birthed them or fueled their mutation (in the case of formerly-humanoid venombornes).
Naturally-born leupaks-- either hatched from eggs or created via genesis shards-- are shardborne, and possess crystalline third-eye structures called facets. A leupak's facet contains the power of its birth concept, and grants a leupak special traits and powers based on that concept.
Cracking or shattering a leupak's facet results in a painful death for the creature-- though dying leupaks slain in this manner emit powerful psionic screams that can cripple or kill the person responsible as well!
Leupaks have enormous appetites. Although leupaks require blood to generate eggs and retain their sanity, they can and will eat any food given to them-- and sometimes non-foods as well, depending upon the individual. Leupak societies tend to be largely food and blood-based, developing the most efficient means possible to produce enough of both to keep the population happy.
This goal has led to the creation of large-scale humanoid cloning farms to ensure proper health and sanity among leupak civilizations.
Leupaks reproduce parasitically (via egg) and mutagenically (via venom), both through the use of the tongueclaw-- an ovipositor and siphon as well as a functional and fully prehensile fifth limb.
Leupak eggs are slick, fleshy objects with tiny hooks dotting the surface; deactivated, they are kept half-formed in an eggsac located just between the stomach and venom sacs. When planted in a creature, the hooks unfold and latch into the host creature, leeching blood from its body and using the stolen DNA to complete the formation process prior to hatching. Once fully formed, quaggies (baby leupaks) first slice through the egg membrane, rest for a few minutes to an hour, and then tear out of the host's body to find food.
Quaggies often resemble a blend of the parent leupak's concept and a random aspect of the host's personality or persona.
Leupak venom is a derivative of miraplasm-- the condensed and liquefied essence of dreams-- known as miratoxin, or colloquially as "leupslime". It comes in every possible color and opacity; some leupaks have glowing venom, venom apparently dotted with glitter or confetti, and other such anomalies.
Regardless of the appearance it takes, leupak venom is a mutagen in most cases. While smaller doses impart a wide variety of different medically-useful effects such as accelerated healing, anesthetic effects, and sedation, a full dose is capable of transforming a sentient creature into a new leupak (non-sentient animals become pseudoleupaks instead).
Leupaks created in this way lack facets and the special powers they impart, but they still develop their leupak form based upon the conscious and subconscious thoughts and desires of the transformed creature.
While some leupaks use their venom as a defensive mechanism-- or an excuse to see what sorts of new leupaks they can devise-- it is not uncommon for others to strain or 'milk' away excess venom to put to market, or even donate it to individuals looking to change.
There are legends of venomborne leupaks discovering a way to develop a facet of their own, but most leupaks consider this nothing more than a hopeful rumor.
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