Appearance. Feylien are blood nourishing insects which have different appearances in larvae and in adult Stage:
During the larvae stage the Feylien has a soft, cylindrical body ranging from between 3-5 nailsbreadths in length. The body tapers into small rounded points near the front and back of the creature. Two small eyestalks protrude from the front; these apertures can be withdrawn into the body in case of threat or harm. Right below the eyes is a circular, suction mouth filled with small teeth. The skin of the Feylien is a lurid green with a muddy brown coloring spotted throughout. This aids in camouflaging it in its habitat.
There is a dramatic difference in the creature after it has come out from its pupae. Firstly, the skin has hardened into a thick shell. While keeping its coloring, the formation of the shell has giving its colors a more iridescent shade to them. The eyestalks have retreated back into the head and the eyes are now fixed into a forward facing position. Oddly enough, while the eyestalks have shrunk in, the mouth has protruded and sharpened into a piercing point. Most amazingly though is the formation of two new items. Firstly is the creation of legs. It has six jointed legs, the two front ones are equipped with small hooks for better grasping. The other formation is that it now has wings that are harbored under the shell. When it is ready for flight, the shell parts to allow the wings to come out.
Image description. The blood nourishing insects of the Feylien. Picture drawn by Seeker.
Special Abilities. These insects nourish
themselves on blood. It is this aspect which has created a large demand for
them. Many a healer is always on the lookout to find or buy some of these
creatures. They are highly sought after as they are
placed upon infected wounds to help draw out the infected blood.
Feylien are only valuable in the larvae stage, due to the fact that when
they mature not only do their feeding structures change, but also the
development of wings makes it more difficult for proper placement.
Territory. Though found throughout the swamps of Caelereth, the most highly prized Feylien specimens come from the Aldrige Swamp below the Vindel Mountains in the Kanapan peninsula. This species is preferred due to its increased size, and it seems to have a longer larvae stage, thus making them more useful.
Habitat/Behaviour. The main point is that Feylien have not been studied much in the wild due to their feeding habits, and the dislike of many people for them. However, it is assumed that this insect has a group dynamic, as it is rarely seen in single numbers in the wild. It is known that the larvae stage lasts for two months, followed by a one month pupae stage, and the adult stage for three months. Thus the average Feylien lives for a total of approx. six months.
Diet. The Feylien feed only on blood. While in larvae stage it is often the blood of recently deceased animals, and humans of the region joke that the mature Feyliens feed only on them, the truth is that there seems to be no preference over what type of blood.
Mating. An old Kanapan joke states that the only thing that mates more often then young lovers are the Feylien. This is not an actual season or preferred time of the year; rather it depends on the individual insect. Within one day of reaching maturity it will mate. It will then proceed to mate several times daily for the rest of its lifespan which is approximately three months from reaching maturity. After a female has had her inner egg pouch fertilized she will simply drop to the ground, and pop out a small sack filled with dozens of eggs. These will then hatch within several days.
Usages. Not only being simple insects but a rather sought after item has made them a valuable trade commodity for certain regions. One of these regions is the Aldrige Swamps in the Kanapan peninsula. The sole reason for habitation of the swamp is to capture and cultivate these creatures. The best time to beginn transport of the Feylien is during the larvae stage, as this and the pupae period are their most inactive times. Large quantities of swamp mud is gathered into metal containers approximately one ped square. The Feylien larvae are put inside, now to make sure that the creatures survive shipping, a cap is taken off a meshed hole and one mug of blood is poured into each container once a week. The danger of capturing and transporting such creatures of course makes them costly. A crate of the Kanapan species can go for as much as a full bolt of silk.
Information provided by Drogo