The Wild Disposal Unit

Species: Pollution Borderling

Type: Resident

Threat Level: •••/••••

Mentality: Inanimate

Manifestations: Rare

Chance of Visibility: 28.5%

Height: 14.4ft (426.7cm)

Weight: 734lbs (332.9kg)

Activity: 2 Days, 8 hours

Respawn Count: 34

Frequency: 546GHz - 974GHz

Effect Radius: 23'5ft

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From Fiction

Audio Recordings

About the Borderling

The Maculoessumling is a compost heap-based lifeform. The Borderling's behavior and effects towards insects indicate that it might be a descendant or a branching evolution from the Hodoling.

It resembles a wooden structure. Its body is a loose shape of a fish, mostly a Betta or lionfish.
The Maculoessumling is made entirely of a material similar to driftwood. The driftwood, however, consists of 142 different species of wood. A fraction of it is unrecognizable and not from the human world. Green moss cover parts of its body. The moss emits a faint greenish glow and, in rare cases, they glow a bright blue hue. Their bioluminescence is energy-based and not chemical-based. Each Maculoessumling vary in wood arrangements but not in shape. Some individuals will have shorter or longer protrusions or holes on their bodies. Creaking and groaning resound from inside rather than between its wooden joints.

Inside a Maculoessumling is a hollow body cavity. A dull-purple toxic substance line its cavernous walls. Contact with skin causes red sores to appear. After longer exposures, the skin will slough off the body.
The Maculoessumling levitates 10ft to 15ft off the ground, depending on the individual. It doesn't ascend or descend and moves at a pace of 10ft per minute.

An impure Maculoessumling will show signs rot around its body. Mold and mildew will spot its wooden structure. Driftwood is seen falling off from the Borderling more frequent than their healthier counterparts.

The Maculoessumling appears in swamps, bogs, and marshes. Places with high levels of moisture and vegetation will have a rare chance of having a Maculoessumling visitation. It can also manifest near large quantities of pollution in and around industrial areas within a city. Dump sites are known to have one or two Borderlings patrolling the area.

It travels to and from our dimension deep underground. Pieces of driftwood will erupt from the soil. They converge and assemble into a completed Maculoessumling. After the process is complete, it immediately levitates and finds fireflies to mutate.

Additional Artwork, Subspecies, and Forms

None, as of yet.

The Maculoessumling doesn’t display any emotions and acts like an inanimate object. The Borderling slowly moves at 10 feet per minute. When mobile, it doesn't turn. It rarely moves from its place, however.

It feeds off of the vegetation that decays within its Effect Radius. Using the fireflies that swarm around it, the Maculoessumling vibrates slightly to signal when its time to gather food. The mutated insects will behave differently when around the Borderling. They fly down below to collect enough decaying plant matter to satisfy the Borderling's appetite. After gathering what they needed, the fireflies fly upwards towards the Borderling and shove globs of the brown mulch down its many holes.

The Maculoessumling feeds differently when near large quantities of pollution. When near heavy smog, toxic waste and other hazardous chemicals, it absorbs them into its body in a similar way to a sponge. A single touch from a few pieces of driftwood will leave the part of its body saturated with grime. It won’t stop eating. When full, it expels toxic sludge and gas that will slowly kill any organic matter.

The Maculoessumling prefers a solitary life. Rarely, it communicates with other Maculoessumlings around the area. When two of the same Borderling meet, they slowly float around each other for some time before parting ways. It is unsure of this form of 'circling' is a form of communication.

The Sarclarelings are its main predators. Protecting the wildlife they visit, they seek out any Maculoessumling and destroy them. Knowing that the Borderling is under attack, the fireflies begin to swarm around the other Borderling like angry bees. If there aren't enough fireflies, however, the Sarclarelings will tear apart the Borderling piece by piece. The Maculoessumling will stop functioning then the rest of it falls to the ground. Two days after, the driftwood will reassemble into a smaller Borderling. It cannot gather more driftwood to gain mass after its first death, however.

An impure Maculoessumling will always steal a healthy Maculoessumling's meal when given a chance. On the downside, they have smaller swarms of fireflies and will gather food at a slower rate.

The Maculoessumling only affects plant life within its vicinity. It will take 20 minutes for smaller plants to brown and wither. Larger ones, like trees, will take about a week or two. Once the Borderling returns to its own pocket dimension, the effects are slowly reversed. Plants that are sick with bacterial infections won't recover and will stay dead or dying.

Discovered by Owen Teague

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