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SHARK:
Greetings!

In my own campaign world, in many regions, I have large populations of Giant Insects. With some thought, I have considered the wider impact of such populations of Giant Insects on the surrounding natural environment, as well as community settlements. Imagine having swarms of hog-sized Giant Ants, frequent encounters with dog-sized or cow-sized bumble bees, wasps, beetles, and such like. I have often used populations of large hordes of 500-lb. hog-sized Giant Flies. The Giant Flies are not generally *immediately* lethal to an adult human, though increased bites by a Giant Fly or several bites made against the person by several Giant Flies can of course become fatal.

Such developments have increased the overall level of violence, hostility, danger, as well as the increasing occurrence of diseases. Disruption to local farmer's work, berry-collecting, fishermen going about their work, woodcutters, and soon are frequently disrupted and made more difficult. Bands of locals simply must be on guard to fight off groups of giant insects of whatever kind as a normal routine part of life. There have also been some additional commercial developments--the development of different kinds of insect-based food, as well as using harvested bodies and body-parts of giant ants, giant beetles, giant dragonflies, giant snails, and more. Such developments have become so well-established as to become significant aspects of various local cultures, communities, and economic systems.

How have you used and developed Giant Insects in your own campaigns? Have such Giant Insects generated different dynamics in your campaigns? Have there been developments reflecting the populations of Giant Insects that were surprising to you?

Semper Fidelis,

SHARK

Ghostmaker:

--- Quote from: SHARK on October 17, 2021, 07:18:15 PM ---Greetings!

In my own campaign world, in many regions, I have large populations of Giant Insects. With some thought, I have considered the wider impact of such populations of Giant Insects on the surrounding natural environment, as well as community settlements. Imagine having swarms of hog-sized Giant Ants, frequent encounters with dog-sized or cow-sized bumble bees, wasps, beetles, and such like. I have often used populations of large hordes of 500-lb. hog-sized Giant Flies. The Giant Flies are not generally *immediately* lethal to an adult human, though increased bites by a Giant Fly or several bites made against the person by several Giant Flies can of course become fatal.

Such developments have increased the overall level of violence, hostility, danger, as well as the increasing occurrence of diseases. Disruption to local farmer's work, berry-collecting, fishermen going about their work, woodcutters, and soon are frequently disrupted and made more difficult. Bands of locals simply must be on guard to fight off groups of giant insects of whatever kind as a normal routine part of life. There have also been some additional commercial developments--the development of different kinds of insect-based food, as well as using harvested bodies and body-parts of giant ants, giant beetles, giant dragonflies, giant snails, and more. Such developments have become so well-established as to become significant aspects of various local cultures, communities, and economic systems.

How have you used and developed Giant Insects in your own campaigns? Have such Giant Insects generated different dynamics in your campaigns? Have there been developments reflecting the populations of Giant Insects that were surprising to you?

Semper Fidelis,

SHARK

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Although I did have an interesting ranger NPC in one game. He wore ankheg-carapace armor and rode a giant mantis.

DM_Curt:
Sounds interesting. Too bad half my table would go "Ew!" at giant insect minis.

palaeomerus:
I did a "food of the gods" thing once where lots of things grew bigger and oxygen levels were way higher leading to a lot of deadly fires and explosions as well as giant voracious but curiously misshapen animals including bugs who are also sort of fragile given how oversized they are.

hedgehobbit:

--- Quote from: SHARK on October 17, 2021, 07:18:15 PM ---In my own campaign world, in many regions, I have large populations of Giant Insects. With some thought, I have considered the wider impact of such populations of Giant Insects on the surrounding natural environment, as well as community settlements.
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Was this thread inspired by this article: "Concerning Growth In Number Of Giant Flies As Adventurers Keep Slaying All The Giant Spiders"

https://babylonbee.com/news/adventurers-slay-giant-spiders-and-now-the-land-is-overrun-with-giant-flies

“This is why I hate adventurers,” said the unnamed man who runs the inn in the nearby town of Wolfwater. “They just see some ‘monsters’ and say, ‘Hey, maybe if I kill that, I’ll get some good experience, and perhaps it will drop some gold.’ And they never think of the long-term consequences.”

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