Deer Wasp

Deer wasps are a giant wasp native to Das. They are a species of emerald cockroach wasp that has adapted to life on the Das islands. They are much, much bigger than their cockroach-hunting cousins and hunt Das’ megafauna— most commonly deer…. And when other animals are unavailable, they have no qualms about using Sentient settlers to lay their eggs.

They are about three times the size of a fully grown dassen man and have a venom-filled stinger that they use to paralyse their prey before carrying it off to a secluded burrow in order to reproduce. They will lay a single egg, which is about the size of a balled fist, inside their prey using an ovipositor disguised as a secondary stinger. Unlike many other parasitoid wasps they do not lay externally, and instead puncture the skin to deposit their eggs.

The venom of a deer wasp does not kill its victim; instead, they lay in a conscious, paralysed state as they are slowly eaten alive by the larva. Sentients who have survived a deer wasp’s sting have said that they are still able to feel pain, but cannot respond to it.

The venom of the deer wasp doesn’t naturally leave the bloodstream; instead, the poisoned blood must be slowly removed and replaced via multiple blood transfusions until it becomes diluted enough for the victim to begin recovery. This can take anywhere from a month to three years. Because of the lengthy treatment, most victims are taking to Kamaki town to recover.

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