Devil on your Shoulder
This particularly insidouos chimera is spawned from addiction. Unlike Nic Marley, this chimera is much less benign. The Devil on your Shoulder goes by many
names - Buddy, Chum, Sport, but always something endearing. He is only about 6-7 inches tall and usually hangs out upon it's host's shoulder making commentary and suggestions. He is an alcohol addiction chimera. He usually perches on the shoulder of whomever he is bonded
to, and makes witty remarks - and is usually considered pretty funny and nice to have around. He always has a good joke and an even better story to tell.
He is usually very close friends with his host and the host rarely finds out the nature of his "buddy" until it is too late. The chimera persuades his
host to feed his addiction, and to shun work and his friends. Eventually, the host is more likely to go to the local bar than to the local freehold. The
true parasitic nature of this chimera is revealed when it drags it's host far enough down into the addiction only to break the bond to it's host before the
host is overcome by banality or mortal death. Oftentimes, if a new suitable host cannot be found, the chimera wil use its redes to heal its host.
"Hey, don't feel so down. I know what will cheer you up. There's the best little bar right down the street..."
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