The Bone Tooth is widely regarded as a disease by those who have never experienced it. In reality, this “disease” is actually a symbiotic entity that attaches itself to a host in a semi-mutually beneficial relationship. The method for contracting the host is as simple as fluid transfer from one host to another.
When attached internally to the host, the Bone Tooth will communicate, in simple terms, its desire to feed off of the calcium of the host. In exchange, the symbiote provides the ability for the host to temporarily transform part of his body into super-hardened bone. The bone is hard enough, when used as a shield, to deflect sharpened swords and other weapons. Blunt weapons can damage it but usually only cracks it. If the bone is used as a weapon, the point is sharp enough to penetrate light armor (non-plate mail).
An important note is that the host is not capable of refusing the symbiote. In addition to latching itself to the internal bone structure of the host, it also will burrow tendrils into the brain and “convince” the host that the symbiosis is a good thing. If, for some reason, the symbiote is unable to transfer itself to a new host, it will die once the current host’s bones are depleted of the calcium.
The only form of interaction that they engage is a “feeling” that is felt by the host. When the Bone Tooth first merges with the host, the host knows that the merge is happening but accepts it as a good thing. There is a mutual feeling that the symbiote will need calcium and that the host has enough in its body (and always producing more) to sustain the symbiote. In addition, the host also understands its new abilities and how to control them.
The Bone Tooth, per se, does not engage in combat. However, through the host, it can transform parts of the host into bone. This is not instantaneous. It takes several seconds for the transformation to take place. So, it’s generally best that the host decides what needs to be done before combat starts. The bone-like structures are extremely dense and durable against edge weapons and provide some protection against blunt weapons.
An important note is that the bones act as they would if they are normal bones. Therefore, in water, they float and, in the air, they provide extra weight that needs to be accounted for.
Image Size: 11” wide x 14” tall
Original Pencil Drawing on Bristol Paper
Signed by Doug Hoppes (artist)
Provided with separate Bainbridge Clay Coated Archival Foam Board (1/8” thickness)