Creature Feature: Ya-Te-Veo

There is a monster that purportedly exists on every single continent on this magnificent planet of ours. This creature is not like other creatures, for this creature is a tree. Yes, a tree. However, to say this is a terrifying, horrid tree would not be an overstatement– may in fact be an understatement.

This devourer of flesh is said to have its origins in the depths of the oddity that is Madagascar. Its spores then traveled the world, carried by the missionaries that visited the strange island.

This monster has the ability to live in any environment. Anywhere a tree can grow, the Ya-Te-Veo can grow alongside. Any forest, any jungle, any city park: they’re all possible stomping grounds for this patient beast. It doesn’t matter where you are. If there are trees nearby, the unnerving potential that this thing is close by is higher than I’d like to imagine.

With well hidden, camouflaged eyes it watches and waits until you’re too close to escape, and then it grabs you with its tentacle-like branches. It crushes your bones and entombs you within a barken prison. It opens its mouth, lined with razor sharp teeth. It tears you limb from limb and devours you like the rare delicacy that you are. And then, it goes back to waiting for another foolish enough to venture too close.

The rough English translation of this man eating plant’s name Ya-Te-Veo: “I see you.”

If you find yourself in the unfortunate predicament of being snagged by one of these creatures most foul, you will not escape, so don’t bother praying for that. Instead pray that you’ve been snagged by an adult Ya-Te-Veo rather than a juvenile. Your death will be faster, and likely far less painful. The younger ones don’t quite have the strength to kill you quickly.

You’d do best to just keep your distance from trees in general, just to be sure.

A primative drawing to say the least, but in my defense: it's pretty difficult to make a tree interesting when you've only given yourself 5 to 10 minutes to do a quick drawing.

A primative drawing to say the least, but in my defense: it’s pretty difficult to make a tree interesting when you’ve only given yourself 5 to 10 minutes to do a quick drawing.

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