Corn Creep

A resident of the dimension located on the far side of a network of rifts in the northern regions of the American Midwest, corn creeps presumably earned this name because of their apparent fondness for creeping around in cornfields, although they can appear in any open field with tall, dense plants sufficient for them to hide and move around in. They’ve been around for ages, but for unknown reasons they vanished several thousand years ago and became completely forgotten, even in legends, until very recently. Any original names for it have long been lost to time. Only a small handful of people seem to know of their existence today.

The corn creep is over seven feet tall, with long, thin limbs and a bloated belly. Its head is long and pointed and rests directly on its shoulders. It has no mobility in its neck as its mouth is a huge, gaping gash that runs from the middle of its face to the top of its swollen gut. Instead of teeth, it has many rows of fine, flexible, bony ridges designed for stripping flesh from bone. The top half of its head is dominated by a huge, tumor-like mass of black, bulging, glistening eyeballs.

Corn creeps hunt in packs and are aggressive and relentless predators. However, they are also very lazy and opportunistic. Although they will hunt potential prey to exhaustion, they will only spend as much energy as is absolutely necessary to bring down their food. If they should happen upon an easier target during the hunt, they will always abandon the more difficult prey. This goes so far as to even include members of their own pack. If one were to fall and injure itself during the hunt, it would immediately be set upon and cannibalized.

Most corn creeps are female. Males don’t hunt. They are typically much fatter, with broader shoulders and are much more lethargic, with an almost drunken appearance. They choose to reserve all of their energy for mating.

Corn creeps only come out during the day and first appear when the corn approaches its full height in the summer. Their skin is a pattern of mottled shades of green, allowing them to blend in extremely well with the stalks. As the summer comes to an end and the corn turns brown, the corn creeps change color with them. They will linger as long as the corn stands, then retreat back to their own dimension until the following summer.

Extremely dangerous. Just steer clear of cornfields in general.

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