If you’ve seen any of my previous questions on Algennon’s fantastic and deadly ecosystem, you might know the drill: first a monster gets designed, then strategies to defend against it. But we’ve moved past mere Crabozzes and Puddings, and onto a far more intelligent and horrifying creature: the Simswine.
Physically, it’s a terrifying beast: it stands on two legs around 5 feet (1.524 meters) with a posture similar to a gorilla, but the Simswine, as its name suggests, is related to suides, and especially resembles the extinct Archaeotherium genus of entelodonts:
They have blood red eyes, clawed front feet, and long sharp cuspids on their top row of teeth. It dwells in large forests and taigas, and eats plants for sustenance.
But the Simswine doesn’t hunt things just for sustenance. Like the mosquito, Simswines need to consume blood to form sperm and egg cells, or else they can’t reproduce and poof, no more Simswines. Any kind of animal blood will work, but for some reason the consumption of a person’s blood will cause the children born from those bloodmade germ cells to be stronger. And another thing: Simswines are SMART. Their intelligence is on par with that of a corvid, and they have great skill in problem solving and understanding human reactions to certain actions, especially speech, though they don’t associate words with objects, and rather associate sounds with reactions. Also, they’re smart enough to know that humans in groups that get provoked are going to fight back, and are certainly not worth going after.
This need for blood and high intelligence leads to a very fun ability: Mimicry. Simswines can imitate sounds made by other animals with near perfect accuracy, then grab the lured animal and either strangle it or claw it to death. So you can see why people would fear Simswines. Luckily, Simswines almost never attack people openly or in their own settlements, and despite their natural weapons of fangs, claws, and large size, they usually only attack people who don’t suspect it. But that doesn’t mean they don’t still pose a very significant threat, especially to children. Given this creature’s abilities and the technology level of the people it hunts, how would medieval people defend themselves from Simswines?