Design Notes, Dizaks 2

This is the second part (out of 2) for the new dizaks introduced in Feast of the End, Wistful Article. This time, it will pretty much consist of all the water dizaks. I had a lot of fun making these. Especially since I wanted to emphasize how much more dangerous they were compared to land-based dizaks, I went a bit more out there in making them powerful, something that the characters would not be expected to handle if they came across them.

I am fascinated by the deep see creatures of the real world. They are just so alien and different from what we’re normally used to seeing. It gave me a lot of fun ideas for sea dizaks. Also, a fear of mine is going into the deep ocean, to the point where it’s still sort of possible to see but everything is dark and murky. Then you catch a sight of something moving, but it’st just a massive shape that’s larger than a house. *shudder*

Anyway, on to the dizaks.

Lockbreaker: This is the giant sea serpents of dizaks. They are fifty feet long, yet they are considered among the smaller ocean dizaks because they frequently go up to the surface. The deeper ocean dizaks are larger, but they don’t rise up to the surface as much.

I named them lockbreakers not after lochs, but locks. Locks are a device for raising and lowering ships as they travel in between areas with different water levels. Lockbreakers have touch heads that can break through rocks, or more importantly, ships. And they won’t shy away from attacking ships either.

Takklel: I designed this with sexual dimorphism in mind. I wanted to to a dizak that was wildly different between male and females. They are actually among the least dangerous ocean dizaks, being nothing more than floating balls filled with gas.

The males hover in the air in a swam. Theyfish downwards into the ocean with a long tentacle. If the target caught is too heavy for just one to lift up, the entire swarm will help lift up the prey.

For females, I made them gigantic with many tentacles instead of just one. The females pop off the males almost like spores. They are also completely stationary and rely on the males to bring back food.

Now I want to say something weird like new females are born by a bunch of males mashing themselves together. Who knows if that’s what actually happens, though.

Slug Dizak, Flying Fish Dizak and Water Snake Dizak: Two minor dizaks that I mentioned. Slug dizaks are pretty much invisible underwater, so you never know when one is sneaking up on you. On land, they are much less dangerous.

The flying fish dizak has a powerful horn that can pierce through prey. They are also extremely powerful swimmers and have been known to hunt flying dizaks by jumping out from the ocean.

The Water snake dizak has three tails with spines running along its entire body. Its mouth opens both vertically and horizontally, splitting into for mandibles. After attaching on to a target, they are almost impossible to get off. Even cutting off their body won’t cause the head to let go. A bodiless head will eventually grow a new body.

Scowling Howler: These creatures look like giant faces. The females are malshapen and terrifying while the males actually look like pretty women. Therefore, the scowling howlers in the book were all female. They don’t swim around. Instead, they live against rocks or on the ocean floor and use their hair tentacles to move around.

They have the ability to produce sonic waves that would propagate through water and stun any dizak around that hears it. The waves are actually less effective when traveling through air, but it will still cause hallucinations and headaches.

Stroth: This is the only land-classified dizak out of the bunch (even though Takklels might be considered air dizaks and scowling howler land dizaks). A snake-like dizak with a powerful venom. Instead of being poisonous, the venom is soothing and makes prey docile. Then, the stroth can take their in eating.

If the venom is used on people, they become susceptible to being influenced, the most common of which is telling the truth.

And there you have it, the remainder of the dizaks introduced in book 2!


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