Monophyte Survival GuideComplete protection from the VisageVol. I The Headhunter Visage:Those of experience have known better than to explore the watchful eye of the night. His corona a home of demonkind beyond the depths of the uncanny. His children have come to us in the form similar to ours. We do not know why they are here, but their deathly visage glimmers with horrid eyes that gaze at your every move, instilling fear upon our own. Beware, for they are the Monophyte. -Warning Note from an Abandoned Household, Vis Planet Sector 23F MO·NO·PHYTE: \ˈmä-(ˌ)nōˌfīt\ n. also MO·NO·PHYTES 1. A species of Visaggrum that immigrated from the Vis. 2. A carnivorous plant whose seeds grow inside the bodies of the living and dead. What is a monophyte? Where are they from and why are they here? What aretheir strengths and weaknesses? What are their needs, their desires? Whydo they desire to hunt us? Before discussing any survival techniques, youmust first learn what you are trying to survive. Monophytes originate fromthe Vis Planets, massive planets that appear to be giant celestial eyes.Outside tampering has caused them to spread throughout star systems andadapt to their surroundings, influence from technology giving them morerationality and less instinctive thought, although studies indicate thatthe latter seems to be more prominent. Monophyte Physical AbilitiesIn most urban legends, multiple stories have claimed to have seenmonophytes with supernatural feats: telepathy, the capacity to move as ashadow, etc. Numerous reports have mentioned monophyte hunters sneakingthrough tightly-knitted defenses without a trace, or controlling alertedguards with such telepathy that they turn on their own allies and slaythem. While these traits work perfectly well for inducing drama to theaudience, the typical headhunter is far from 'magical' as they themselvesclaim to be. In the end, they are simply humanoid creatures capable offeeding on star light. Their strength, however, are hardly befitting thatof a humanoid. In fact, possibly even greater. Numerous victims, mostlythose who prefer to defend themselves in melee combat, have beenoverwhelmed by an equally-armed monophyte, few of them having to live totell the tale. A. SightAnyone who has seen a monophyte, be it a lowly traveler or a manicheadhunter, will know that they possess many an eye throughout its entirebody. How does this aid them in their travels/objectives? It's simple, itbarely does. It's no wonder that, more often than not, a typical monophytewould cover its other eyes with drapery or armor. That's because the onlyworking eye they have is actually their primary eye, which is theircyclopean eye on their face. This eye is unlike any other. Recentautopsies have referred to the eye as 'inexplicable', considering it cansee well beyond the color spectrum visible to that of a typical humanoidas well as see beyond that of a humanoid's capabilities. The autopsieshave also discovered that the eyes are capable of communication, whichindicates that the eye not only transmits information internally, butexternally towards other monophytes as well. Many reports have suggestedthat monophytes possess dark vision, considering they often hunt at dimlylit areas to pitch black darkness. However, this has been proven false ontest subjects, who seem to have trouble navigating through anartificially-created pitch-black test area. It is currently unknown why,but many suggestions have been made and have yet to be tested. B. SoundUpon visual examination, a monophyte shows no sign of having hearingprocessors. Where a human's ears would be have been replaced by gruesomehorns, forged from the thickness of their eye-skulls. Despite this,however, they have been known to hear. Multiple autopsies have searched invain for their hearing processors, and none have any clue as to where orwhat it is. T he only information gathered is that their hearingcapabilities are nearly on par with that of a humanoid, although theyseem to be more tolerant to loud, shrieking noises and do not stagger uponhearing it, suggesting that they may be able to notice sounds ignored by atypical humanoid, but is far from proven. If this is true, however, itcould explain why they are capable of hunting in pitch darkness. C. SmellAs with attempts in searching for its hearing processors, the result is nodifferent when searching for its olfactory processor. Unlike hearing,however, it is not known whether a monophyte can smell. All testsundergone so far have resulted in no answer, most, if not all lead tosuggest it does not have any. Perhaps this is correct. Perhaps thisexplains their lack of the need to inhale. Perhaps this is why they lackedwhat humans liked to call "lungs". D. TasteAlthough numerous autopsies have failed to locate both its hearing andolfactory processors, what all autopsies have succeeded in is locating theone thing most people never suspected the monophytes had: a mouth. It islocated beneath its chin and right above its neck, where its hornsconverge. Currently, studies are working on figuring out its purpose, asit does not require the consumption of food, yet has a digestive tract.Unlike humanoids, monophytes lack taste buds in their "tongue", whichsuggests that they do not have the ability to taste. This, however, ismerely loose information based on human taste. It is unknown as to whetherthey have a special 'taste' organ like they do when it comes to hearing.But what is known is the fact that there is a tract in their tongue thatleads to what is believed to be their reproductive organs. E. TouchMultiple successive espionage attempts have determined that monophytes dorely on touch, although quite obviously. It is, however, unknown as towhether they feel pain. Although numerous tests have determined that theirbrains sense when they are being harmed, they show no sign of being inpain. Perhaps this is the result of lacking the capability to speak.However, their eyes show no signs of reaction from the harmful tests.During recorded attacks, headhunters showed no sign of demoralization. Onsome of their failed headhunting attacks caught on tape, there were someheadhunters who have been shot multiple times by guardsmen, but continuedon doing what they were supposed to do. Upon retreat, however, they wereseen covering their wounds while on the run. It is suggested that theysecrete something that triggers their senses to null, therefore woundsreceived do not deter their onslaught. If this were true, this partiallyexplains why the headhunters are mightily feared by its victims. These guidelines should give you a basic line as to what a monophyte isand what it is capable of. Although this has only generated more questionsthan answers all-in-all, it provides a bit of information towards knowingthe threat that their culture brings, that is headhunting. In the futurebooks, their behavioral patterns will be explained, as well as thedifferent types of cultures and how they interact with one another, aswell as toward us humans and many other humanoids out there. Ultimately,one should never turn their back against a monophyte, no matter how kindit may be.