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Race suggestion: Mosquito People

A topic by Goopgopper created Aug 23, 2019 Views: 203 Replies: 4
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They are 1-2 feet tall and live in massive hives on cliff faces. They mostly get the food required by sucking on wild animals and eating tree sap. Most hives are an incredibly liberal and open society  that is tolerant of many, however they are treated with disdain  by many races because of their uncanny resemblance to the much hated lesser mosquitoes. 

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Fascinating concept.  I like the idea of a race that is considered contemptible for reasons other than their actual behavior (but presumably these guys could parasatize intelligent races if they really wanted to?)  Imagine you are a human merchant visiting a hive, and how uneasy you'd feel knowing that you were surrounded by a race of creatures specifically adapted to parasatize you.  At the very least these guys would make for a cool "monstrous" race to interact with.

Technically they would be able to  parasitize  sentient creatures but because of the way they are built it is not a reliable food source on a mass scale. I imagine they were kind of forced into this ideology by their frail body structure and super long proboscis that kind of gets in the way (they don't really have the core strength to do any efficient attacks with it). Their only redeeming quality is their excellent flight and dexterity. It's has been an uphill battle for them for their entire existence, and the only way for their survival is absolute unity and making no enemies.  In warfare they rely on traps and siege weapons and if that fails they rely on sheer numbers, coupled with the fact they make their homes on cliff faces, they are usually not attacked by other races. Please tell me if you have any changes or adjustments. (:

Maybe there would be a more developed/beefier form of mosquito people that are more well equipped to parasitize other things that can fight back. They would be like 5-6 feet tall and have a much shorter proboscis, about 1-2 feet long depending on the size of the mosquito.  They would probably be a big part of the bastardization of the smaller mosquito people even though they are much rarer than normal mosquitoes. irl mosquito larvae are water born and eat algae, also mosquito larvae are the same size if not bigger than adult mosquitoes. So maybe they would have a lot of their primal agricultural advancements built around breeding pools. I'd also just like to say that it's really cool to be able to do this. If this game turns out, I think it's going to fill a niche a lot of people are looking for. It's just cool to be able to suggest things one on one to the developers of this game that has a decent chance of getting really popular.

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How will they support a large population with, essentially, a hunter-gatherer lifestyle? I suppose being able to fly will let them harvest over a much larger area than human hunter-gatherers, but effective population will still be very small, unless they live in a place like the pre-colonial Great Plains that had a ridiculous number of large herbivores.

But what if they were more like Mongols? From their cliffside homes, they could range far and wide to cultivated stands of sap-bearing trees, and manage great herds of livestock to feed off of. Habitat and population density would be essentially the same as steppe nomads, although they could also thrive in tropical grasslands where horses can't really live. Considering the largely parasitic relationship that steppe nomads have always had with settled peoples, having a race of literal parasites fill the same niches would be quite fitting - especially if, in actual terms, the literal parasites are less parasitic than human nomads. One could imagine fantasy China allying with the mosquito people to keep human steppe nomads in line.