This overdue question concerns Chompers, which are adequately explained in this link. As a general rule, humanity either eliminates species or finds a use for them, and so I have to wonder what humans will make of one of the most common monster species in my setting. In other words, I'm asking what uses Chompers would have for humans, or what role they'd have in human villages.
Yes, I know; "but Alendyias, you have no idea if people will even domesticate Chompers!" Not so fast, naysayers; we sort-of domesticated cats, and why did that happen? Because they dealt with mice. The same will (most likely) happen for Chompers, mostly because Plop suck for crops, except that I can see humans taking great pains to succeed with Chompers where they failed with cats (Chompers spit acid and are likely man-eaters, so it's prudent of humanity to ensure proper control of them).
However, humanity can and will utilize a creature's nature and physiology, breeding as necessary to enhance desired traits, to fulfill their purposes. Just look at dogs; we took advantage of their pack instinct for companionship and protection, as well as using the same to ensure their obedience when we want them to do something (aid in hunting, herd livestock, pull a cart).
Defining Edible: Chompers have the same broad diet as cockroaches, meaning they can eat other animal's waste products. However, Chompers are also intelligent, meaning they'll pick easier meals whenever possible, and they prefer sweet and savory flavors in their food (which naturally leads to a high-energy, high-protein diet).
With this human tendency in mind, my question is What Uses Will Chompers Have In Medieval Society?
- The best answer will take into account a Chomper's natural abilities/physiology and determine potential uses for a human who owns a Chomper. Chompers are as intelligent as ravens, which were used for espionage in Cold War America, they can spit acid and climb walls, and of course they're great for dealing with anything edible, as they grow by eating things.
- The best answer will go off of #1 to determine how useful Chompers will be overall, or in other words, how much they can contribute.