5 ft
16 ft, 6 in
13,630 lbs
size variance
core temp.
3,943 years
no. appearing

The derodroni (/ˈdɛrədroʊni/) is a narrow-jawed, sharp-toothed stranger with attenuated, sprawling features. Pale in coloration, its stripes present with mottled edges, its eye markings red-rimmed and inflamed in the immediate area. Although slick to the touch, the derodroni's cold, clammy skin does not attract dirt, and leaves behind no fluid or residue upon any object it touches. Its dull pink flesh is stringy and slimy, and the derodroni's body cavity is small and vestigial, possessing a small set of varied grey organs, any parallel to known structures indeterminable.

In 17.7% of individuals, this muscle tissue contains numerous small slivers of metal; muscle tends to congeal slightly around these shards as the derodroni ages. Although sharp, these shards are weak enough to be bent with little difficulty1, and are pewter-like in color, texture, and luster.

"I finally hard my hands upon it. They bent, like they were made of wax! But when I put the edge against my skin, it really had a hardness to it, all the same...still, I'd made it down so far, farther than most would ever come. I'd expected things like cities, or at least a temple to await me; barring that, a room with nothing but a pit in the center in which I could imagine some offering a-burn wrapped up by fire. I would have liked to have found that...cursed, teased, led astray; that was how it felt I'd been." Pointe Shearer, Ricarda. Phenomenon Papers (2nd issue), 3

The derodroni's flesh retains a temperature roughly 10-12°F cooler than the surrounding area, and does not heat up significantly when exposed to (things that glow red with heat). Its regenerative ability is minimal, taking up to several years to heal from even an inch-deep cut, with scarring always pinching outward from the wounds.

audio recording

The derodroni's voice (zylv nit some- thn- zylv.4) is high in pitch, droning, and creaking; (what it calls) a voice is something fed through cheapest filter, with abrupt tonal shifts, undertones of record scratches. These words are too distorted for linguistic structures to be determined (e.zv) aside from the occasional sibilant.

environment and generation

The derodroni appears two to three miles underground, where it generates in natural hollows between large rock layers. It starts off as a limbless, worm-like form which squirms2 upon its sides, growing to full size in a rapid and sudden lurch [44.] after several weeks in this neotenic form. Despite its relatively large size when fully grown, the derodroni [44. shoved through; zon] does not appear within spaces which would allow it room to move3, but instead appears only within tight gaps and crevices4.

"So ready to be free! It has waited its whole life for this, you see!" Pointe Shearer, Ricarda. Phenomenon Papers, (2nd issue), 3
"And form some sort of routine, some sort of schedule, to use those claws to draw around it little murals." Pointe Shearer, Ricarda. Phenomenon Papers, (1st issue), 17
"It sought out only the bare minimum of that which would allow its form to dwell...trying too hard to stay hidden. We weren't preparing for war in the same way..." Goree, Varen. Marks, 42

Although the derodroni appears by itself 99.989% of the time, "groups" of individuals do occasionally form in proximity to one another, with certain cities displaying a greater tendency for groups of derodroni.

behaviour and effects

The derodroni's avaricious and hostile demeanor remains curtailed by its entombment. Its constricted territory gives it just enough room to slip a finger between itself and the wall, but not nearly enough space to change its position beyond an occasional shift of its arms, a reshuffling of its legs, or a sliding of its tail or head.

"-but it still can't move a city. We're well aware if freed, it would join the ranks'd pull itself up (with a slurp, as the earth kissed goodbye to those dead-clam sides) and step in line with the militant ones." Goree, Varen. Marks, 45
interactions with sensitives

The derodroni elicits severe and specific pain to sensitives in the city beneath which it dwells, causing the sensation of a knife embedded in the head, chest, throat, or below the belly button5, albeit with no actual physical injury. This sensation occurs abruptly and ends just as suddenly, affecting individuals for no less than 34 seconds, but no longer than seven minutes, with most incidences tending towards shorter durations.

"They will reach towards it, believing that their fingers will touch down on the handle of a knife of the tip of a blade, but no, nothing." W.w. unpublished writings

The criteria by which individuals are affected appears random; in some cities, all sensitives may be struck with almost daily occurrences of this sensation, whereas in other cities, only one sensitive6 may be affected for the entirety of the derodroni's life.

"He had it just behind his eye, and the knife did pierce his vision, sending cold and grey out that he alone was privy to." W.w. unpublished writings

Otherwise, as it is found only many miles beneath the ground, there are no known interactions between sensitives and derodroni.

"Beneath the basement stock room is a generator room. Beneath the generator room is a second basement. Beneath the second basement is a great hall filled with many display cases and placards on the front displaying their contents. Beneath the great hall is a narrow corridor. At the end of the corridor is a stairway. At the bottom of the stairwell is a room. This room is the deepest in the city; a painting of a city, skyscrapers like white teeth, fades and flakes off of the wall. I burnt the papers, there, and made a pit." Jian nu, Kong. Travels IV, Preface
aging and death

The derodroni dies slowly, unable to either prevent or expedite its demise. As it ages, the derodroni's hissing and squirming eventually giving way to shuddering whimpers and a decrease in physical activity. When this stranger dies, its skin shrivels and entangles itself over a soft, dark corpse which becomes unidentifiable as it decays, with only those individuals containing metals leaving behind any monument7.

"I shaved some metal from the side of a tower and thought that these splinters would contain the tower's height as a property. That night, I wrapped them in cloth and made a talisman, which I wore in my innermost breast pocket. They gave me strength as I went down there...I alone." W.w. unpublished writings