I have toyed with the idea with a certain creature in my head for quite some time, and with the creature design challenge, I thought this would be a great time to ask about it here.
The basics of the creature is fairly simple. It is a ferocious manticore-like beast, but the end of its extremely long tail is fused to the tail-end spine of a human. This human is an exact replica of a real human, with working internal organs, brain and the like, however, the human is part of the manticore as well.
The creature likes to hunt noble souls, by taking its human tail as an angler-fish like bait, making it run around and screaming for help, then while the heroes are distracted trying to help and calm down the human tail bait.
Now herein lies the problem. How can the human tail bait thing be preferably physically connected to the manticore in a reasonably non-vulnerable way, while also allowing the manticore and the human tail bait to have a large distance between them, enough for the 5m tall manticore to lay in wait?
- The creature is created by some powerful wizard, from dust and the corpse of a human, with loads of magic.
- The human tail bait thing will appear to also be in distress and claim that it is bound to the manticore chimera. This is a ruse to make the heroes drop their guard in order to try to save the human tail bait thing. The human tail bait has no self, it is the manticore chimera.
- As noted above, it is preferable for there to be a physical organ connection, but any other means may work as well.
- The creature is fully intelligent, and can speak from both its manticore mouth as well as its human's mouth.