Creatures of the Flesh Fields

Codex Inversus
6 min readFeb 26, 2024

The Flesh Fields have a unique and bizarre ecosystem.
Since there is no ground, there are no plants and, therefore, no herbivores. Since edible meat is everywhere, there is no point in hunting prey that can run or counterattack, so there are no predators. Therefore, most Fields’ animals are a mix of parasites, scavengers, and “carnivorous grazers”.
The desired resource for the beasts of the Flesh Fields is not food itself but territory. In a land that twitches, shivers, contacts and spasms, a place that’s solid and still is a commodity. Even if local species have all excellent balance, the constant trembling is nonetheless a stressor, and firm ground is crucial to rest and nest.
Also, not all areas are equally easily edible: in zones of gigantic proportions, the skin can be thick and almost impenetrable. Animals gather in human-proportioned areas or dying zones, where the decomposition makes even gargantuan meat soft and chewable.

The more aggressive animals are the SCARE VULTURE: they prowl the land looking for palatable areas, more than willing to scare any other occupants. The loud screeching and the tail display will usually do the trick, but…

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