The Bellvie (bell-vee-ay) is a hive-mind creature that lives in the forest, using each of its thousands of green razor sharp drones to imitate swaying leaves in a tree. The creature communicates with its many parts using pheromones very specific to each Bellvie. The Bellvie hunts by lying in wait until suitable prey approaches. It then releases a burst of pheromones signalling its parts to attack. Each of the sharp drones spin into the air and flurry around its prey, slicing into skin and spiraling into open orifices whenever possible until the prey is mulched from the inside out. The drones then land point down in the remains of the animal and soak up nutrients from the lacerated flesh. A Bellvie’s biggest enemy is strong wind. Usually, a Bellvie has time to anchor itself to a tree or some other natural formation before it becomes a problem, but if it is caught in too open a space or does not have time to anchor itself, strong wind will scatter its pieces beyond pheromone range and the drones will have to wait until enough of them naturally gather within range to create another Bellvie.
When enough drones have gathered to form a viable Bellvie, the creature starts by staking out a territory in the forest and proceeds to defend it staunchly. Any who wander into the Bellvie’s part of the forest are considered trespassers and are quickly driven away by flurries of drones. If the trespasser refuses to leave after an initial attack, the Bellvie will send out a full attack and kill the trespasser before they can bring any harm to the Bellvie’s home.
Because of their overly protective nature, especially in regards to their home, Bellvies are often viewed as supernatural guardians of the forest. An encounter with one is considered an omen of destruction as they normally only appear when someone is considered harmful or is encroaching on the forest. Even rarer is the occurrence of “maidens of the forest”. On very rare occasions, a Bellvie will be attracted to the perfume of a noblewoman traveling through the forest. It believes the woman is a lost part of itself and protects her from anything it believes may harm her. Of course, this often means her entire guard is killed and she is left in the forest surrounded by a Bellvie that will not let her leave. Most often the best end for a woman trapped in this way is death by starvation, but usually she is torn to pieces after her perfume wears off and the Bellvie realizes she is not part of the forest. Only a couple lucky noblewomen have escaped during storms that whipped up enough wind to scatter the Bellvie surrounding them, allowing the women to travel back to civilization.