Known to scholars as strixis colossus, this thumb-size relative of the mosquito is native to the deep jungles south of the Silver Sea. Blood Darts find sustenance in the blood of the megafauna of that region, and their proboscises can pierce even the thick hides of dinosaurs.
Although not lethal per se to human-sized creatures, as they are unlikely to find sustenance from anyone whose blood pressure is dangerously low, they do present a significant threat due to the powerful contact anaesthetic that covers their proboscises. In megafauna the substance merely deadens the sting of a Blood Dart, but the same amount applied to a humanoid causes instant unconsciousness. In most cases the unconsciousness lasts for no more than a minute after the insect has detached itself, and has little to no lingering effects. This makes it highly sought after by alchemists, herbalists, healers, and less savoury individuals.
The greatest danger from a Blood Dart bite to a humanoid comes from the inability to defend oneself from the myriad of predatory creatures that share the blood-sucker’s habitat. Thickly layered clothing has been found to effectively prevent Blood Dart bites.
- an excerpt from The Explorer’s Guide to Tropical Fauna by Vareesha Thurilian