Hive Bugs (aka Butt-Juice Creatures)
Hive Bugs have many tribes that inhabit the deserts of Veteris. The largest Hive is located in the Great Desert. Each tribe consists of hundreds to thousands of individual bugs that share a hive mind and are controlled by a single, superior intelligence. These tribes continually battle for supremacy within the desert, fighting over resources, mainly food. The hives use ingenious traps located at the center of every sand dune that captures prey, sending them through multiple portals until they inevitably fall out of the trap in a state near death where they are consumed and the prey's energy is stored within each individual bug. The bugs can secrete a viscous fluid that can hydrate and also, in some species, enhance Gifts, though it is toxic to most.
Isn’t there anyone who can help us? she screamed into the void. A brief chittering sounded behind her in answer. She spun but saw nothing, so she closed her eyes and used her Gift to find what she couldn’t see. The desert was full of life begetting death, with sparks of life fading out around her unendingly. She focused on the living and found the dunes were teeming with it. She had trouble communicating with any individual until she realized she was dealing with a hive, like ants. Most insects she had encountered were mindless creatures with a narrow focus, but these were more complex. They shared a hive mind but had individual emotions and desires, so she called to them.
Behind her, the sand parted, and a stream of nightmarish creatures emerged. The hive-bugs blended in with the sand, had a hard, jagged carapace, large pincers on both ends, and six multijointed legs.