Fictional Creature Feature - The Grehk

A Horror Based Creature Concept

WARNING! You may never want to be near roses again after you read this!

The Grehk -

They say a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. In the case of the Grehk, a plant-like abomination, complete with it's own acidic glands, it's smell is only so sweet until it has lured a new meal.

The 'creature' can grow to an average height of only 4 feet, held down by it's offensive mechanism, a constantly pulsing mass of bubble-like pods filled with a very dangerous digestive enzyme. The enzyme itself is capable of searing through flesh instantly upon contact and, with a little time, even bone.

Though the creature is rarely seen mobile due to the length of time it requires to feed, it traverses almost any landscape by crawling, pulling, and pushing it's massive body along using tens of thousands of it's threadlike roots, though at a very slow pace. The roots themselves are easily sensitive to both temperature and vibration.

The creature usually sits dormant, emitting a powerfully sweet odor that could only be described as, "the sweetest smelling roses you could ever smell," by those who've lived to tell about it.

When a creature worthy of the plant's effort stumbles into the 15 foot radius of it's roots, it immediately unleashes it's first defensive mechanism, a horribly concentrated, putrid smell of rotting flesh capable of making a Tasmanian devil vomit. By the time the victim has even realized the smell, the pods closest to the victim have already swollen to 3 times their original and relaxed size, and without any further warning, the retracted thorns of the plant are sent jutting out from the center of the sacs. This sends an acid spray upon everything within 30 feet of the plant, towards the victim, stretching into a 20 foot wide, cone-shaped spray, and with deadly accuracy.

A key component of the enzyme acts as a fail-safe measure, sending the enzyme through the bloodstream and directly to the fibrous cartilage and ligaments to dissolve them from the inside out, completely incapacitating the victim as they are drenched in pain. The most unfortunate effect of the enzyme is it's consummation of nerve cells, which appear extremely resilient to the digestive effects and forces the victim to experience pure torture as they rot into a pulsing blob of death.

There are a few other key elements to note.

One is it's capacity of projection. Unless it has already expired a line of pods, it is completely capable of targeting victims within the entire circumference of it's mass, making surrounding the creature a very bad tactic.

With all of it's seemingly intelligent defenses, it's actually a very simple creature and an extremely easy target as well. The best way to approach a Grehk, after pinpointing it's location, is by standing far enough from range and hurling a heavy object within reach of it's roots, causing the explosion of acid to occur, then simply chopping it in half to kill it.

Another unfortunate side effect of the enzyme is the duration it takes for the plant to produce enough of it to protect it's rather fragile body, at least a full month to recover a full shield of ready sacs. The excreted foul smell is also a rather easy miss, quickly sinking to the ground around the plant and dissipating within even a light gust of wind. Also, it's about as blind and harmless as a bat when it's raining, though it usually appears as just a simple rosebush.

This is quoted from my original message to a friend concerning character concepts for a horror based game.

I hope I didn't frighten you too much!
Let me know what you think? :)

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chanroth 5 years ago from California, USA

I don't like rose! LOL. :)

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Christopher Dapo 5 years ago from Havelock, NC Author

Then you would like a Grehk even less, right? :D

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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

Yikes! I thought I loved all flowers . . . until now. Are you familiar with the corpse flower?

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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

My goodness!! Where is this plant growing? I'm not so sure i want to smell a rose anymore. HaHa, I was spell-bound throughout.You did say this was fiction???

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Christopher Dapo 5 years ago from Havelock, NC Author

Truckstop Sally -

Wow, what a great plant! Thanks for sharing that info on the corpse flower with me, it's wonderful!

I just so happen to be into entomology, and I apparently have a green thumb to boot! :D

Thank you!

- Christopher

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Christopher Dapo 5 years ago from Havelock, NC Author

always exploring -

To be honest, it originated from the deep, dark matter that resides somewhere in my skull. I spat it out one day...and here it is! :D

Apparently, I need to make the warning at the top a little bigger, what do you think?

Yes, thankfully, this is entirely fictional. A game developer friend of mine was trying to come up with some ideas for some horror-based baddies to put in his game, so I just threw this together and posted it. Needless to say, quite a few people were impressed.

I'll try doing some more soon...

Thanks for the comment!

- Christopher

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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

my god I could lead a parade of readers who would be impressed with your writing man I loved it!

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Christopher Dapo 5 years ago from Havelock, NC Author

Frank Atanacio -

Thank you for the appreciation! Send them on by, I'm happy to provide some more creature features in the coming days, so be on the lookout!

- Christopher

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Teresa Coppens 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Wow! Very creepy monster. I would fare well in a movie horror flick. It is very original and there is so little originality coming out of Hollywood lately. Great job!

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Christopher Dapo 5 years ago from Havelock, NC Author

Thank you a bunch, Teresa! I agree there's very little originality coming out nowadays - all the more fun for me to fill the gap! :D

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