After posting my last question (How Can Lamia Survive In Alendyias?), I seriously considered nerfing them, until I realized something: if humans are (arguably) our own worst enemy, would the same be true for my Lamia?
I'm picturing my Lamia as being opportunistic and manipulative, yet social-think the 'mean girls' in middle- or high-school literature, or perhaps drama-heavy TV shows (most of which are meant for girls...hm.....). In other words, they'll form cliques and pecking orders, with ruthless political maneuvers used to punish the opposition and climb up the ladder.
Lamia prefer not to eliminate (assassinate or otherwise engineer the demise of) their political opponents or those in a position they crave; they prefer to subjugate them instead because then the victim will have to suffer being demoted and under the usurper's authority while the usurper gets an emotional high from 'conquering' another Lamia.
Additionally, Lamia are capable of parthogenesis (birthing clones) and often have their own small army of subservient 'children.' So, my question is: Would Lamia Keep Themselves In Check Through Intraspecies Conflict?
- While Lamia are immune to their own 'spitfire' attacks, hypnotic abilities, and all acid and poison, they aren't immune to dominative vampirism; if a Lamia latches onto and completely exchanges blood with another Lamia (one fang drains the victim's blood, the other expels the attacker's blood) that Lamia becomes their thrall. If they don't manage to completely exchange blood, the control they have over the victim is determined by how much blood was exchanged.
- If a Lamia is cut in half, she automatically becomes vulnerable; the upper half becomes a woman, the lower half becomes a large snake, both telepathically linked. The Lamia can restore herself by consuming her serpent half, but if another Lamia consumes it, that Lamia will gain the victim's power and the victim will be drawn to and absorbed by the consumer. This is high-risk, however, because the inverse occurs if a Lamia's serpent half consumes another Lamia. If a Lamia absorbs two other Lamia in this way, she becomes a Maralith (a six-armed, larger Lamia) and gains the ability to telepathically communicate with and compel other Lamia.
- I assume 1 and 2 will keep Lamia distrustful of each other, and maybe even prevent them from forming society. If I'm wrong, or if I'm right, please inform me. As always, I appreciate your input!