Goodbye Strangers : Primer
Stividremi
the Impalers
prefix stivi suffix dremi
stiivri rhinx
number
045
companion
melancholic
height
4 ft, 1 in
length
9 ft, 5 in
weight
24+ lbs
size variance
5%
I.Q.
802
core temp.
-
stability
97%
prevalence
10%
constancy
24%
longevity
1-15 years
no. appearing
1-4
near
complex
physical appearance
The stividremi /ˈstɪvɪdreɪmi/ is a dark, laterally-striped stranger with a boxy frame, diminutive feet, and a sharply angled, drooping snout. Its soft, puffy skin is pleasant to the touch and suede-like in texture, although it lacks any discernible fibers upon its surface. Its four to five stripes are raised by 0.7 inches, and feel much smoother than the rest of its skin. Its flesh is foamy and sponge-like, with several satsuma-sized, hollow pockets in random locations, which do nothing to distort its form.
distinctions in hue
1.
2.
1. esinou / 2. esine
The strain exhibits only minimal regenerative ability (taking several weeks to repair itself when cut or stabbed), and loses the ability to heal altogether once it has incurred multiple wounds. Repaired flesh is rubbery and ranges in color from white to grey, and feels rough when stroked.
Patched in with wool, a counterfeit.
The stividremi's voice is quiet and youthful, and emanates from deep within its belly. Its language shares the sounds and intonations of those widely spoken in the city in which it appears, with an emphasis on vowel sounds.
Aao, on teari natretour neura tuway wourie etet.
environment and generation
The stividremi appears in a wide range of locations, with no particular preferences beyond a general tendency towards smooth, flat surfaces, and wide patches of light.
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a the column of a searchlight that that slashes through the steps leading up the courthouse.
b the unbroken sun that strikes the rooftop parking lot.
it doesn't have to be over
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It rises from a point into a juvenile form that is small enough to fit in the palm of the hand. It remains this size for several hours, then grows to maturity with a sudden lurch. After rebalancing its abruptly bulky body, it looks at its hands with shy dismay, then brushes off its body with its palms, as though ridding itself of dirt.
Shedding off the past.
behaviour
The stividremi's disposition is discrete and considerate. It walks with quiet, padded footsteps, and remains aware of its surroundings at all times, which it affects only on accident, and whenever it knocks over an object, it places it back in its original location, often re-positioning the object several times until it is exactly as it was before.
"On accident"...can they have intent?
Though capable of speech, the stividremi speaks at infrequent intervals, however, and instead tends to restrict itself to peaceful sighs and murmurs.
When not on the roam, it stays in place as though waiting, as it it gurgles with a quiet plash.
interactions with sensitives
The stividremi follows any sensitive it encounters with a quiet but incessant interest – then, once it is close enough, it places its nose on the sensitive's arm or stomach in order to feed.
The stranger absorbs blood through its skin, and drains at a rate determined by diverse and complex equations which vary between individuals. Most stividremi drink only teaspoons of blood, while others gorge themselves until their target is fully exsanguinated. A stividremi allowed to feed to completion lets out a sweet and sincere sigh, then wanders off.
Grateful. (As it should be.)
A sensitive's touch upon the stividremi's surface leaves behind a bloody handprint, which soaks into the skin within seconds. The stranger dislikes being touched, and makes a quiet sound of protest when stroked or prodded.
During attempts to feed, however, the stividremi is not dissuaded by brief or nonviolent contact. Instead, it merely moves away and selects another position from which to approach. Despite its predatory nature and potentially detrimental effect, it will not tend towards aggression, and it can eventually be driven off by shows of violence or anger.
Even when you only mime something threatening, it eventually gets the message.
After feeding, blood drips outward from the stividremi's snout over a period of several days to several weeks, depending on the amount of blood absorbed. A satiated stividremi has no interest in feeding from sensitives, and retains only a subdued curiosity towards sensitives it meets. Although its flesh does not radiate heat on its own, blood does not cool after absorption, thus contributing to the illusion of "body warmth".
When it's filled with all of that blood...it's warm. It's sloshing.
Approximately 1% of individuals absorb blood at an accelerated rate, and can drain an individual of all blood in 21-47 seconds. These short-lived individuals display more aggressive temperaments than their companions; in addition, their presence in a group encourages other stividremi to grow more daring. These tendencies persist only until the outlier leaves the group.
it can always go away
thought you could afford to lose some of your blood?
too much blood? extra blood, if you have it, we can sell it but you have to GIVE IT to us - surplus blood!! we wouldn't "take" it from you, find out if that was a legal medical donation, or you've been tricked again »
They're calm and you barely have to bluff to get them to lose their interest and wander away, which is what you should be doing, because even if they're acting all cute when they come up to you, it's only so they can start sucking blood out of your body. It might only be a tiny bit, or it might be basically all of your blood and one thing you don't want to be is a dead body that looks like wrinkled-up jerky after it's had all of the blood drained out of it. And don't even think of tying someone up and letting a bunch of stividremi steal all their blood as a way of assassinating them, that's a fast track to getting yourself some real bad karma that none of us need to deal with again.
danger rating: it will take some or all of your blood
interactions between stividremi
The stividremi is friendly, but not exclusively social towards others of its strain. It pairs off several times throughout its life; these couples play games by absorbing blood back-and-forth and mimicking each other's vocal patterns, but eventually part. Pairs always disperse upon meeting another of the strain, thus preventing grouping.
The illusion of social interaction returns only indicentally when multiple individuals become drawn to a single sensitive. During these instances, they do not swarm, but instead each wait with calm patience for their turn to feed.
interactions with corpses
The stividremi also absorbs the blood from any corpses it finds – a behaviour which can cause a but is poisoned by doing so, with the severity of poisoning corresponding to the amount of blood absorbed. A poisoned stividremi exudes blood from its entire body in an effort to expel the offending liquid, and its movement patterns grow more erratic as it paces in circles or walks backwards with a shake of its head. When it is unable to bleed itself out fully (as in the case of stividremi which absorb more substantial volumes of blood), its body begins to blacken and crumple inward in chunks.
While other stividremi do not attack or display fear towards poisoned companions, they do move away from them, though they do not avoid the corpse.
So that's why they were all dead...lined up in a circle like that.
and, stepping into the future...
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▝▙ The references to callyphanxes, bombs, holograms found within the stividremi's entry demonstrate one of many "Droste recursions" within Zeroworld's structure, with the tumultuous technofuture of VHZ mirroring the events that take place in the creators' own lives.
Death of fake senator sparks federal investigation
Synthetic blood casts doubt on voting biometrics, prompting expanded autopsies ...
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Your child wants it ... and your child needs it ...!!
a puppeteered drone unit, they can ride it as their companion, blood you don't have to lose, find one with your blood type!
aging and death
As the stividremi ages, it grows less persistent, more relaxed, and lackadaisical when feeding, until it can barely bring itself to raise its snout toward a sensitive at all. At the end of its life, it lays down on the ground and dies with a gentle sigh.
The corpse loses coloration, then grows scabby and collapses. Its gelid corpse appears to mold over with a drab fuzz before it fades into the earth. This decomposition is gradual, and a corpse may take several years to disappear.
what if it's good news?
oh no... it's filled with animal blood?
what does your blood type say about you? no one else will know the results »
A passing stividremi pauses beside the corpse for 1-78 minutes, after which it moves on in its gentle search for blood.
It acts like it has to be there, like it's standing there to be polite...but it's sort of just biding its time.
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I don't mind losing a little bit of blood, but...
@ ▖▞▜▟/▞▟/▙▟ at 12:46AM
security footage, street across from Memorial
@ ▚▞▙▙/▝▟/▟▙ at 04:05AM
"drained of blood" – Taylerson autopsy leak
@ ▜▙▚▜/▙▘/▚▞ at 08:28PM
Slipper ponies!!! Slipper ponies!!! ...and good blood
@ ▞▝▚▚/▝▛/▜▘ at 01:21PM
Zoo animals appear to have had blood removed
In another one of a series of bizarre incidents ...
"when cut or stabbed". those words sound pretty interesting, don't they.
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