Sorcery is an imposition of the imagination onto reality. When the imagination is warped by mind-altering states, those with sorcerous gifts are particularly dangerous and unpredictable. Feverlings are occasional by-products of failed invocations and the accidental probings of the unconscious while the sorcerer is suffering from fever. They are physical manifestations of fever-dreams, creations of chaotic energy.
|Painting by Jody Siegel of one of his Shrikes|
Feverlings mature from their awkward larval form within a year, becoming lesser feverlings (stats of a goblin) and after anywhere from five years to a decade they become tougher and smarter elder feverlings (stats of an orc). They will have scavenged proper arms and armor by that point, but lesser feverlings are often stuck with slimmer pickings, such as damaged weapons or re-purposed farm implements.
A sorcerer's brood will have major characteristics in common, but each clutch has its own variations in form. Optionally, each individual has certain features setting them apart, but in practicality it will often not be worth recording on the individual level, so you could just apply those features to the clutch instead.
with clutches and feverlings in each clutch.
Tables in case you'd rather roll your own:
The brood of a sorcerer will be bipedal and have the features of -
|1||Bats||5||Boars||9||Badgers||13||Macaws||17||Great Horned Owls|
And be borne of a fever-dream of -
1-3 Wrath (recklessly seek to harm others)
4-5 Terror (avoid outright conflict, but eliminate threats if able)
6-7 Hysteria (unpredictable behavior)
8 Despair (withdrawn, enervated)
A clutch of feverlings will have the horns of a -
|3||Oryx||7||Kudu Antelope||11||Pronghorn Antelope|
And coloration of - Colors -
|4-5||Spotted (2 colors)||2||Blue-black||6||Green-black||10||Ashen|
|6-7||Striped (2 colors)||3||Moss||7||Crimson||11||Rust|
And will have the following behavior -
An individual feverling will have -
|1||A tail||5||A long beard||9||Long ears|
|2||A bristly mane||6||Glowing Eyes||10||An extra eye|
|3||A bristly beard||7||Smoking breath||11||No eyes|
|4||A long mane||8||Steaming skin||12||Long tongue|
|2||Fleas||6||Patchy fur/feathers||10||Has a strong odor|
|3||Scabs||7||Raw skin||11||Constantly sheds|
|4||Sores||8||A disease||12||Drooping skin|