Puddings are a common strain of monsters that run amok on my fantasy world of Algernon. These slug-like creatures are about the size of a human head. Each species of pudding has a vibrant colour and scent. There are pea soup puddings, licorice puddings and vanilla puddings.
All species of puddings are born through Hydrogenesis, forming magically in pools of water that fulfill certain conditions. In this question I asked about perhaps the most dangerous species of Pudding, the Vanilla Pudding, which is off-white, has six tentacles, and is a lot more octopus-like than other Puddings.
Vanilla puddings are born from water where some creature has drowned. The pudding is born shaped like that creature. For example if a deer drowned in the pond, the pudding will have four longer tentacles, corresponding to the legs, and one shorter tentacle, corresponding to the head.
Unlike the deer, however, the pudding is squishy and has no bones. It can make the tentacles thinner or thicker, roll them up, and similar to the famous mimic octopus, contort itself into a variety of forms to confound predators and prey alike.
This mimicry is not perfect. If the pudding stretches itself out, it might form a believable silhouette of a human being if viewed in the distance at nightfall. But once the sun rises you will realise that is no person. It is a whitish mollusk with tentacles positioned similarly to a human's arms and legs.
To make up for its limited mimicry, the pudding is intelligent. Intelligent enough to cover itself in mud or wear a cloak or use some method of disguising itself. This will make it hard to pick out from a crowd of people.
The puddings were bred by their masters the Formorians to hunt humans. They will attack any humans they encounter, alone or in societies. The pudding has no supernatural weapons, but is strong enough to overpower and strangle a single human.
So I want to hear from you: what’s the best way for medieval people to defend themselves from Vanilla Puddings? The best answer must be the most effective, universally applicable, and resource-efficient strategy to kill these mimicking mollusk monsters that fits within the technology constraints of the Middle Ages. And I’m not asking for a specific city’s way to defend against one specific Vanilla Pudding attack. I’m asking for one or several strategies that work against Vanilla Puddings in almost any scenario.
Additional information about Vanilla Puddings:
- They do not organize in any groups, unlike their fellows.
- The form a Vanilla Pudding resembles cannot be altered. It will always look like the creature that died in the water where it was born.
- Vanilla Puddings are certainly the most carnivorous of all Puddings, eating any kind of meat, but also enjoying a snack of fungi when available.
- They gain no actual benefits to their abilities based on the form they mimic, just a deceptive shape.
- Vanilla Puddings have all the same weaknesses as regular octopodes, but have fairly thicker skin that a regular octopus.