Digital/Writing: Lingua Cochlea
by Beauchamp Art
Essentially a pile of rogue stem cells, these snail-like examples of the various residents of the Wastes truely are an abomination; like a tumour since vacated its host, becoming its own animal, alien to the original human organism from whence it came, but determined to never stray too far from their path.
The creature referred to as the Lingua Cochlea (or more plainly, the ‘Tongue Snail’, though Centurions with a poor humour have also been known to call this cretin ‘Cupid’, given is method of romantically entangling two unwitting individuals as its lovers to labour, to be described here) are parasitic in their mode of reproduction, and require gametes and more stem cells from a living male and female to produce more of their kind. How they extract these necessary components is both fascinating and frankly horrifying. Once a figure has been incapacitated by first partly asphyxiating one individual, by leaping headlong at their unfortunate victims face, pressing itself strongly against their features, forming a air tight seal around their mouth and nose with their large, sphincter grip on the underside of their body, with the tongue like feet grasping around the override of the skull, and beneath two sides of the jaw, another limb extends from the opening sphincter, forcing open the victim’s mouth whilst still cutting off their breathing.
This tendril, the gypsobelum, more commonly known as the ‘Love Dart’, is then inserted down the throat, with the head of the protrudence opening in a vertical beak, to reveal a fine inner mandible, similar on function and appearance to an aardvark’s long, thin tongue. This is used to navigate the larger component into position at the back of the throat, around the tonsils, whereupon the beak head will bit into the rear of the oesophagus, forming a cavity through which it can pass causing the least trauma at this point, though will still prove fatal, as the smaller, narrow-most member of this mechanism is then inserted through, penetrating internal soft tissue until the spinal column is successfully reached. The beak will then be pressed forward, and a vertebrae, between the fifth and sixth from the skull, with be levered apart, allow the thin tongue to be worked in and thus extract the spinal fluid, whilst simultaneously paralysing the figure, if they have not yet totally suffocated or the haemorrhage to be totally lethal. Similarly to the aforementioned ant eater, the tongue is rapidly inserted and retracted to best extract the greatest quantity of the desired material most effectively, being used as both probe and pulley, which may twist and wrap itself about the nervous tissue from coccyx to cranium.
Once this operation is complete, the creature will then manoeuvre itself about the groin of the host, in order to extract genetic materials from the genitals, alongside some additional stem cells that may be accessed thus. The sphincter mouth will then be placed around the sexual organs, with two feet place about the hips, with one foot extended underneath, between the legs, and often inserted between the buttocks for additional grip, or inserted into the anus, to stimulate the prostate in the car of males, to aid the extraction of seminal fluid; whereupon the phallus of the host is pulled into the creature’s mouth, with its own inner limb retracted and flaccid, where the narrow tongue is inserted down the urethra, whilst tension is applied to the external surface, until ejaculation occurs, whence the younger is thrust inwardly into both testicles alternately, until no fluid remains, and the creature departs, possibly after consuming some fascial or fatty tissue for sustenance.
In the case of female hosts, the positioning and stimulation is much the same, but the beaked head is inserted in rapid succession, to again stimulate the fluctuating muscle response in the genitals and lower abdomen, without sending nervous signal to the rest of the body. When orgasm is forcibly induced, the beak is once again used to lever open, or alternatively bit of press through the cervix of the host into the womb, where the inner young can be pass up to the ovaries, via the …, to extract the ovum. Much as with the extraction of sperm, the movement of the tongue alternatives and grasps, as is harvesting ants, termites, or other such grubs.
Once completed, the creature can leave the host, and move on. As hermaphrodites, the creatures can assume the role of provider of both male and female sex cells, altered by the internal processes of the creatures using some complex, cellular manipulation of the materials in conjunction with the stem cells, of which certain details are not yet fully understood, in order to successfully fertilize themselves asexually, producing a progeny sharing genetic traits from both hosts and the creature’s modifications therein. However, should the creature only be carrying one or the other gametes, a partner with the converse can be found, and sexual fertilization can occur, with either adopting the required gender role when sexually bonding, the two creatures face opposing directions, locking limbs together, and penetrating one another’s, sphincter mouths, whilst avoiding the other’s inner beak, or loss of limb may occur, similar to the practice of mating squid. Thereby passing genetic materials with their mandible, which effectively doubles as both phallus and vagina.
Typically, those which carry the ovulation then host the developing offspring, until such time as the eggs are such developed as they can be deposited in an appropriate location. Usually a warm, moist environment, sheltered from the elements, often including the carcasses of other creatures, providing a tertiary territory into which the creatures may host their foetal young.
The incubation period can vary greatly depending on the developing environment. However, once exerted from the parents body, the outer placenta hardens into a thick, egg-shell of keratin. Their nests can host a litter of sixty or so, depending on how much sexual material has been harvested, but typically no more than a dozen or so reach full maturity, and of these, only one or two will pass into adulthood and be capable of reproduction, hence the need for the large, initial brood, and the repeated extraction of the sex cells they themselves cannot produce. Particularly give the comparatively short half life of male spermatozoa.
Needless to say, it us most undesirable to find oneself on the receiving end of this parasites sexual cycle, not simply because of the violence or violation one suffers, but knowing in those final moments, or however long you are afforded life after an attack, that some part of you has been stolen, and an abominable heir will be born of you, to repeat the horror committed unto you, whilst remaining powerless to cease the process once it has started, with a longing for bitter sweet cyanide going unfulfilled, and enduring every moment, fear what waits in your wake, and what such a beast will do again and again, to other innocents, to other host of this leech.
Though not an entirely Malacologically thorough analysis, this is an effective overview of the Mollusca-like creature, with regards to its reproductive interaction with human hosts, based on direct observations of the phenomena and analysis of said hosts, though how such a beast came to be remains to be seen. It is yet another of the peculiarities which has emerged from the irradiated protoplasm of the Wastes, evolving with unnatural rapidity into its current state.