The creature I will describe I came up with solely to fill one purpose in my narrative: to provide narcotic venom. I obviously wasn’t going to portray opium in my story, now was I? So many dead plants! It’s barbaric overkill! Anyway, good worldbuilding means that this creature will need more background to it than simply serving as a resource.
Answering questions like: what does it eat? Where does it live, and how does it reproduce? But I’ll get to that later. First, what does it look like?
It’s basically a scorpion lookalike, except it lacks the signature pincers and is a vertebrate roughly the size of a house cat. It has four gleaming eyes and a pair of pincer like mandibles worthy of the predator movies. Each of its eight legs is tipped with two toes that end in sharp claws. The tail of the critter is very much like a scorpions but also takes a page from earwigs. Two stingers on the tip of its tail can snap shut and deliver the venom. The creature described here sounds threatening but is actually covered by a layer of opaque fur, greatly undermining its terrifying anatomy.
It functions as an obligate carnivore. The breed in the story is domesticated but is native to the deserts where it hunts at night. They are quite chill animals and are cold-blooded to boot. Females of the species are slightly larger.
How does narcotic venom benefit the creature in any way? (Besides getting high)
I have vague ideas of how its venom would come into play, though haven’t decided on the composition of the venom yet. It’s prey is something like kangaroo rats. (Also a name suggestion would be appreciated. Good names only occur to me on blood moons every third year.)