In the lands over the horizon, some creatures exist in the same capacity as they do on this side. Horses are still used as burden barring animals, ants are still the architects of the earth & lions still hunt, though their range extends far beyond the African savanna. But there are several creatures who defy the natural ordering of their counterparts on this side of the world.
One such creature is the Rhino Bee. Unlike other bees, the Rhino is parasitic in nature. Its color is an ash heavy gray & when in groups, looks similar to an early morning mist.. It spends its three day life span searching for a host large enough to shelter is A-sexually produced offspring. Its stinger, which is positioned on its head acts as an injection system. The bee has a tendency to dive bomb its victims, delivering its genetic material directly into the host body, causing the Rhino Bee’s death & starting the process of a brand new Rhino Bee hive. This has also earned the it the nickname Kamikaze Bug.
Though dominant, on occasion the insects genes recess, allowing for the genetic ingredients of its host to more thoroughly shine. In cases of a human host, its not uncommon to see Rhino Bee’s with blue eyes or even brains capable of understanding complex mathematics, though their lives are far too short to fully explore this avenue.
While inside their host, Rhino Bee larva feed on the energy generated from the hosts R.E.M. sleep stages & uses it to create a specialized fluid known as Cerebral Honey, which acts as a lubricant for the larva, helping them migrate towards the host bodies brain more easily. Simultaneously, the larva produce another specialized enzyme that dampens pain receptors, essentially allowing the larva to operate inside the host without ditection, until the host body’s inevitable demise.
Host death usually occurs when the percentage of Cerebral Honey in the blood is around 30% or when the sheer number of larva that have migrated to the brain begin causing cerebral adema, swelling the brain beyond tolerable limits, killing the host. The swelling continues well after death, causing the skull to crack open, allowing the now fully formed Rhino Bees to escape & start the process anew.