Hexworm & Incarnation Moth Species in World of Wizard's Peak | World Anvil

Hexworm & Incarnation Moth

The dance of the Incarnation Moths in the light of the full moon is a quarterly event that brings observers from around the world. It's one of the busiest times here at the Kirinal Pit.
— Instructor of Recruits
They end their lives pretty, but most people forget that the hexworms work for us throughout their lives. No construction could get done without them, and we wouldn't have our hedrons without them either.
— Sgt. Kill Flayer

Incarnation moths are enormous wyvern-sized insects native to the strange land of Lost Sollo, Valley of Monsters. Their larval form, the hexworm, burrows through the earth before cocooning and emerging as beautiful, gigantic moths that live to mate, lay eggs and die.

Tunneling Beasts

The dwarves of the Turtle Conclave have domesticated the hexworms. These enormous caterpillars are the size of a large dog when they hatch. Eventually, they grow into 8 foot tall, 20 foot long behemoths. Relatively docile, they tunnel through the earth guided by the dwarves.

The dwarves have adapted to the flatlands around The Kirinal Pit by becoming earthmovers. Dwarven Worm Wranglers dig subterranean homes, create artificial hills, and carve grand underground vaults.

Crystalized Cocoons

After two years the hexworms are ready to form their cocoons. The worm wranglers herd them onto The Tortoise and the Cocooning Chambers. The silk is studded with magically infused Hex Crystal. They are the result of processing and metabolizing the magic-rich earth of the Kirinal Pit.

These crystals contain magical energy and their power refills every day at dawn when the Pit manifests. They are the source of power for magitech worldwide and the raw ingredients used for Ident-a-hedrons, the ubiquitous soul identification carried by every intelligent being in the Zone. They can be harmlessly harvested from the cocoons without harming the creatures inside.

Season of Mega-Moths

The moths emerge from their cocoons every equinox or solstice. They find a mate and on the next full moon, the pairs fly in the night in a mating dance. They land, lay their eggs, and die shortly thereafter, having fulfilled their life's purpose.

Cover image: by Chris L


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