imperial / metric
number
100
class
Transient
disposition
Phlegmatic
height
5 ft, 8 in
length
14 ft, 7 in
weight
498 lbs
size variance
22.3%
I.Q.
109
core temp.
70°F
stability
45%
prevalence
2%
constancy
44%
longevity
4-5 months
no. appearing
1
vision type
near
language family
mute
prefix romo suffix dromi
corso maxime
physical appearance

The romodromi (/ˈroʊmoʊdɹoʊmi/) is a bulky stranger that walks on straight, toeless legs. Its head and neck are eye-covered, while its body and tail are plainly striped. Pink flesh, similar to muscular fibers, is found only in its limbs, snout, and tail-tip; otherwise, the romodromi's body is hard and brittle, composed of a number of hollow organ-shaped cavities. Its skin is thin, dry, and taut, with limited flexibility on the majority of surface area, with limbs being the primary exception, but not the tail or nose-tip.

Destructible with ease, the romodromi does not reform from injuries. Its flesh, when burnt, emits a cloud both dark and noxious.

The romodromi speaks through only a high-pitched, grinding screech.

environment and generation

The romodromi appears in grimy-tiled subways, around dim or burnt-out light bulbs, desaturated but organic hues, graffiti-covered patches of concrete, crumbled detailing, and asymmetrical arrangements of colors. It prefers locations that lack strong cleaning chemicals, with the use of bleach seeming to ward off its generation. It does not appear in exterior sites, or near windows overlooking such views.

Within ideal locations, the romodromi appears abruptly. Its fibrous inner flesh forms first, followed by its skin, in a process totaling less than a quarter-second. It appears an inch above the ground, dropping down with an abrupt clunk once fully formed, potentially injuring the romodromi in the process.

This strain generates only by itself, and with no more than three romodromi dwelling within an environment at once.

behaviour and effects
"It moved in a way I'd seen from machines the robotics department made fight in the pit; a leg in intent, if not execution. As a spaceman watches their every step upon the surface of a boil-covered waste, so too did the beast go step-then-step, stance wide, no chance for imbalance. And I watched it for an hour; it made it to the stairs down, put one foot forward and found nothing but air, and turned back around in just as slow a way. I left it, but came back next week to find a pile of splinter-clips at the foot of that climb down..." Armstrong, J. Modern Aeronautics in Zero-Tense Environments, 30

Although it takes no chances with its steps, the romodromi spends its rigid life exploring. When it reaches a dead end, it circles back the way it came, never seeming to understand its path or its surroundings. It reacts to nothing outside of immediate physical surfaces and bounds, its head swinging in wide but slow arcs as it probes its way forward and back.

"I didn't feel nearly as threatened by him now that I saw him as the horse's ass." Liko, Caroline. personal journal #7, 34

With little predictability (some speaking every ten minutes, others at clustered gaps days to weeks apart, and still others only once), the romodromi emits bursts of inorganic sound, each utterance lasting up to sixty seconds. Its voice is amplified by white paper, echoing between two parallel planes for minutes.

"-And in the meantime, they would send their followers, who were allowed to flourish in the wake of the disease inflicted upon us as the watchers pushed us downwards with their outward gravity and made the cities not homes, but vacuous chasms beneath black skies. Their followers would laugh at our tragedies and sully our corpses and send their imitators of the watchers still high and untouchable in plain sight of it all." Rosenbaum, Edith. personal journal, 26
interactions with sensitives

When a sensitive blinks around a romodromi, the last-seen image persists in their field of view in lieu of the absence of vision, and does not change until the eyes are open again.

Once touched by a sensitive, the romodromi ceases to speak.

It has no other effects.

"I put my hands on the ground, and move one in front of the other. I put fingers into cracks, and across steps. I place one palm on a beam, I place the other in the dark." unsourced. personal journal, 1
aging and death

Growing more brittle as its life continues, the romodromi eventually breaks apart in hard chunks, beginning at the differential seam, with its body and head soon following in separate suite. Its corpse does not decay on its own, and is rid from the world only when burnt.

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