Alright, here's my contest entry! Please have a seat and enjoy yourself as I introduce to you.... BAD MOON A monster that is randomly sighted on planets, Bad Moon resembles a crescent version of it's namesake, but with a human like face that appears to be asleep, and strange, circular marks on its body. Floating in the sky, it hardly moves in it's Passive state during the day. However, once night falls, Bad Moon drops to the ground and transforms into it's Active state: In this state, a mysterious gelatinous entity has crawled out of the 'mouth' of Bad Moon, distorting the face and moves itself by dragging it's body along the ground with it's many tentacle like appendages. Where the Passive version of Bad Moon will tend to float in place a few meters above the ground, the Active version is a highly aggressive, roaming hunter. Rapidly chasing after any form of life in it's path, any unprepared adventurer unlucky enough to meet this version of Bad Moon isn't likely to see morning. It attacks with quick strikes using it's tentacles as it nears adventurers in the Active state, although can also attack at a distance (although more slowly) by extending and using the tentacles like whips. Bad Moons are highly dangerous by themselves at night, though it is possible (but rare) to find them in swarms. It is not known where Bad Moons are originally from, but many suspect that the creature is actually the jelly like goop that springs out of the mouth once the sun sets(an aversion to the light?), using the 'Moon' as living shell. Bad Moons are generally found on the surface, at a low to moderate height in the sky. Brave (or silly) folk could probably bug one with a good jump and a rock or long stick (not recommended). In the Active mode, it will give chase and stay 'locked on' unless hit by something, where it will then change target. Considering Bad Moon's daytime residence, it will avoid going underground or into tunnels/caves (although an agitated one will stalk the entrance of said tunnel/cave or track the adventurer from above ground) The Passive state has it's own attack mode when aggravated (which can be done by....hitting it with a rock or a gun or something. The first hit won't do damage to it, but 'wake' it up!) Grumpy, Bad Moon will attack by aiming projectiles at nearby adventurers until they are out of a certain range. After an amount of time, it will fall asleep again until activated at nightfall (well, it is that or it will chase down and attempt to kill the provoker). A rarer type of Bad Moon, or a trait that has a percentage of occurring once you're in sight is Stalking. These tend to occur higher off the ground, so they're harder to hit/get rid of and essentially will follow the adventurer during the day, waiting for nightfall. There are 3 possible projectiles that I've come up with:A)Jelly Blobs, in reference to the creature that is revealed at nightfall and which could possible give poison type damage or other status effectsShooting Stars, which will fly off in an arc, bounce off the ground and disappear if they don't hit anythingC)Moon Rocks, fired straight towards adventurers (although another variation could be lasers from the eyes...) When destroyed, Bad Moon begins to crack and crumble, and the goo loses any form of solidity, sinking into the ground before disappearing completely. Of course killing monsters means the possibility of loot! Above is a mock up of a Bad Moon hat/headgear, where it looks like it's eating the head of the poor adventurer(bald!). Possibly a vanity item, if not, there are rumors that an item based on such a creature has certain...effects under the right conditions. Other loot from Bad Moon can include a mysterious jelly, moon rocks/dust or a moon shaped charm that can be worn as an accessory for bonus stats or simply as a pretty trinket. But what if you want a pet? Bad Moon has the possibility of either a smaller version of itself that will bob behind the adventurer (much like a balloon on your wrist) or as a creepy, tentacle-y slime that skitters/drags itself behind the adventurer. Considering this, the different versions are caught in the Passive and Active stages respectively, although one would be much harder than the other to obtain. Bad Moon could be encountered with different colour schemes (this would also affect the way that the 'pet' versions look), which I've mocked up above. I've also had the idea of Bad Moon spawns that (very rarely) have designs or facial features that refer to things like the Guy Fawkes mask or iconic pop culture imagery as little visual treats if found such as this. This is a reference sheet for the 'transformation' of Bad Moon. The jaw appears dislocated as the goo forces it's way out of the mouth, dropping to the ground in the process. I imagine this monster to be an uncommon, mid-high level creature, possibly on par with or leading up to a mini-boss type. Overall, the Passive mode should be reasonably camouflaged, if not charming whilst the Active mode is creepy and, if you're a newbie, downright terrifying. -Infection, a slight deviation/evolution of/from Bad Moon as a creature-Victims of the 'Bad Goo/Tentacled Slime' fall into intense lethargy that turns begins to morph into sleep during the day. There is a vague feeling of restlessness inside the infected during the day if they are aware/sentient enough, and if 'woken up' or bothered during the day, the irritation they feel turns into a mindless, rage filled aggression that only dies down once they are alone and in a place that they can fall asleep again. Victims are 'awake' at night, but will have no recollection of doing so, other than patchy memories of a deep hunger and a physical ache in their jaw/mandibles. Those around the victims mysteriously disappear or found horribly mangled and the bloodstains everywhere... The first few nights as a victim are- it can only be imagined how much worse it becomes once they are completely taken over. An endless nightmare of gore and fear and the hunger for flesh until their bodies are so run down that they disintegrate or (mercifully) slain.The 'Bad goo', if it survives that ending of it's host, simply looks for another.... This is Bad Moon. Sleep well tonight.