The lindroni (/ˈlɪndroʊni/) is a black and grey stranger characterized by the prominent red lip markings on the back of its head, as well as its narrow eye markings and vivid blue pupils. It possesses two to four sets of tentacles behind a pair of long-fingered, noodle-like arms, and uses these appendages to aid its slithering locomotion. The lindroni's skin is warm and soft to the touch, while its inner flesh is pink and creamy. The lindroni's odor is both sweet and acrid, and is neither strong nor unpleasant, but instead, carries with it a sugary allure. Its pinkish mouth contains many sharp and almost translucent teeth, as well as several knotted, tangled tongues, which drip saliva in copious streams. It has a ridged pocket at the back of its throat, which expands inward as needed to act as the lindroni's stomach.
The lindroni's soft inner flesh oozes a white, creamy fluid when pressed or cut. Possessing a slow regenerative ability, the lindroni takes several days to heal from even minor nicks and punctures, with more severe injuries taking months to repair.
The lindroni's voice resembles the happy sighs of a bashful young woman. It possesses no language, and speaks instead through giggles and wordless moans.
The lindroni appears in parking garages and other spacious non-residential locales with dim lighting and harsh, cement surfaces. It prefers underground environments, and appears outdoors only 4% of the time. It fades into view as a black cloud of swirling smoke, which ebbs and flows, coalescing more with each twist and turn. As it coagulates, its pleasured laughter fills the air with its impending delight, until the lindroni's body solidifies in full.
The lindroni's disposition is coy and teasing, and it displays a general air of amatory bliss toward itself and its surroundings. When it moves, it pulls itself along with undulating, twining motions, its head rolling from side to side, and when at rest, it curls and coils upon itself, saliva flowing down onto its skin.
Tactile sensations seem to fascinate the lindroni, and it runs its long, rubbery fingers and palms across every nearby surface as it slithers between rows of cars and around support columns. It sometimes stops to admire itself in rear-view mirrors, or whimpers with quiet joy as its fingers slip into open gas tanks.
A social stranger, groups of lindroni laugh and coo amongst themselves like a crowd of gossiping schoolgirls. Despite its gregarious attitude, however, the lindroni possesses a violent and unpredictable temper, and groups have a tendency to turn on the weakest individual at the smallest of social infractions, ripping them apart, and leaving defaced corpses atop cars, or strung out across the ground. Lindroni always gouge out the eye and lip markings of their victimized companions, and stuff trash and other debris into the open wounds, before the group returns to its usual cooing.
The lindroni is a predatory stranger which almost exclusively preys on post-pubescent sensitives, seeking out males 99.8% of the time. It approaches with a hungry expression on its face, its mouth salivating and its hands held out in front of it. Once it is close enough, it grabs its victim and holds them with its hands and tentacles while it forces its tongue into their mouth. The lindroni's nectar-like saliva acts as a powerful sedative and hallucinogen, and causes any who ingest it to grow docile and accepting. While its victim is under the influence of this nectar, the lindroni toys with its captive by rubbing its hands along the sensitive's body, licking their face, or suckling their hands or feet. The lindroni enjoys inducing physical arousal in captured male victims, and always attempts to engage in this behaviour.
The lindroni's physical exploration of its captive's form continues for anywhere from ten minutes to several hours, after which the lindroni grows bored and either snaps the victim's neck or consumes them alive. When consumed in this way, sensitives are always eaten whole, and are never cut or mangled. Devoured sensitives are transformed into a gelatin-like substance over a period of several days. In the days following consumption of a sensitive, the lindroni's nectar greatly increases in potency.
Groups of lindroni hunt together, congregating in a circle around their captured prey. Although they do fight over possession of their captive, these fights are never rough enough to cause physical damage to the sensitive's body, and the lindroni appears to be repulsed by the presence of blood on their victim's body. These bloodied wounds can occasionally prove advantageous to the lindroni's prey, the lindroni's revulsion allowing escape.
The lindroni preys on women only 0.2% of the time, and it treats female sensitives much differently than it does its male victims. Instead of stroking them and devouring them whole, the lindroni strangles and tears them apart with brutal ferocity, then toys with the corpse, leaving it behind in unspeakably mangled condition.
Although the lindroni is stronger than most human beings, its soft flesh and below-average locomotive and regenerative ability leave it vulnerable to attack by those sensitives able to resist its saliva's sedative properties. The effect of the lindroni's nectar appears linked to attraction towards women, and thus, homosexual and asexual male sensitives display increased resistance to the nectar's effect. Hypothetically, this nectar would also affect homosexual women, as well, although the lindroni does not tend to force ingestion in its female victims.
The lindroni displays no interest in children, and while it does retaliate when attacked, it does not seek out or engage them, and, instead, turns its head and moves away from any who approach.
As the lindroni ages, its colors grow desaturated and mottled, while its shape thins and becomes deformed. The lindroni displays a great deal of distress at these changes, and breaks any nearby mirror in the hopes of denying its withering form. Groups of lindroni turn against their aging companion, first exiling them from the group, and then tearing them apart with vicious bites if they get too close. Lindroni do not die of natural causes, for even solitary lindroni grind their bodies against sharp corners or pull at their own flesh to expedite their deaths. Its corpse rots like an old fruit, and after several days, turns to a pile of grey mush that liquifies and leaves nothing behind but the faint smell of sugar.