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Devouring Swarm
Devouring Swarm
General Information
Universe Grim Dawn
Classification Serromyia burrwitchi
Species Type Biting Midge
Homeworld Cairn
Environment Burrwitch Outskirts
Intelligence Non-sapient
Biochemistry Carbon-based lifeform
Biological Information
Reproduction Sexual; lays eggs
Locomotion Powered flight
Feeding Behavior Hematophagous
Prey Blood of any lifeform
Distinctive Features Linked lifeforce, hive mind
Skin Color Black
Lineage Information
Ancestor(s) Unknown species of biting midge
Related Species Hell Swarm, Itchies, Noise Gnat, Plague Bugs
Cultural Information
Alignment Chaotic Neutral
Personality Aggressive
Organization Swarms
Sociocultral characteristics
Scientific Taxonomy
Planet Cairn
Domain Eukaryota
Kingdom Animalia
Subkingdom Eumetazoa
Infrakingdom Bilateria
Superphylum Ecdysozoa
Phylum Euarthropoda
Subphylum Hexapoda
Class Insecta
Subclass Pterygota (Winged Insects)
Infraclass Neoptera
(Winged insects that can flex wings over the abdomen)
Superorder Panorpida
Order Diptera (Flies)
Suborder Nematocera (Elongated Flies)
Infraorder Culicomorpha
Superfamily Chironomoidea
Family Ceratopogonidae
(Biting Midges)
Subfamily Ceratopogoninae
Infrafamily Ceratopogonini
Genus Serromyia
Species burrwitchi (Somarinoa, 2019)
Other Information
Status Least Concern
Possible Population Likely in the billions

Devouring Swarms are a species of biting midge that are indigenous to the Burrwitch in the realm of Cairn. They appear to have been stirred up and agitated by the invasion of the Aethereals. Very similar to their closely-related cousins in the realm of Sancutary—the Itchies—they prove to be of little threat to adventures on their own, they can sap their strength and leave them open to attacks by more dangerous monstrosities.

In the marshes, Devouring Swarms are most often found in conjuncture with Giant Mosquitoes, presumably to either take advantage of whatever hapless creatures that the mosquitoes themselves bring down or as protection against their own would-be predators, if not both. However, in the farmland fields of Homestead along the border of the pine barrens the Devouring Swarms instead tend to ally themselves with the local Dermapterans. Again like Itchies, they seem to utilize a powerful hive mind, and the entire swarm can be slain with just the right strike.

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