Lord of Pestilence Profile — Listeria monocytogenes

January 1, 2013/0/0
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Description (Healing Blade Lore)

Listeria monocytogenes are the most dangerous of the Lords that enter through Buccal Bay on the backs of its aquatic inhabitants. If it successfully enters Soma’s boundary, there is a good chance the island world will not survive. There are 13 different L. monocytogenes armies that pose a threat to Soma. They are most likely to invade when the island is under attack by other villians, and the Nodal Sentry is thus compromised.

L. monocytogenes can survive a wide range of climates, permitting its affiliation with a wide range of food items traveling through Buccal Bay and the aqueduct, including Arctic species that come from temperatures near 0°C. They can also withstand hot temperatures and drought, conditions commonly experienced once inside Soma.

The warmer temperatures of Soma do affect their ability to move, however. As a result, they depend on the inhabitants of Soma for transport, hijacking their roadways and vehicles. They escape the aqueduct by burrowing into surrounding banks, using the stalagmite-like horns protruding from their backs to grab a hold and pull themselves in. They make their way to the land’s river and stream system, stopping at local communities along the way to take advantage of whatever resources they can offer.

As they spread, the consequences of their presence is vast, affecting the critical functions of the Respiro Forest, the Oculos, and even Sententia. These Lords also benefit from an unusual level of communication and cooperation among their own armies, which they use to coordinate full-blown attacks that threaten to end Soma once and for all.