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Socialized Jacketbee

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DietNectar and Pollen
Adult Size1 digit
Lifespan60-600 Days
HabitatDomestic

About

Jacketbees are a livestock kept for their honey and pollen cake production. These bees can be trained to accept commands such as ‘fetch’, ‘gather’, ‘stay’, and ‘attack’.

Domestic Utility & Hives

These bees have been specifically bred to cohabitate with mortals. They are kept in small wooden nests usually attached to a belt, pack or a wagon. These nests can be opened via a hinge, with the center being filled with excess honey and pollen cakes. Able to locate their hives by scent, these bees will gather nectar and pollen even while their hives travel making them ideal companions for adventurers, merchants and settlers.

Due to the high productivity the bees are capable of, colonized hives fetch high prices. A belt sized hive is capable of producing up to two mouthfuls of honey and pollen every 3 days, while wagon-hives can produce up enough to keep a small camp in perpetual supply of sweetener.

These bees have an aggressive sting but will not harm their mortal handlers, and instead must be trained to sting on command, usually at the expense of a smaller mammalian target.

In The Wild

If jacketbee hives are left stationary too long, the inhabitants will vacate and return to a nomadic life in the wild, where they make small nests and deposit stores of honey and pollen cake, stopping only to rear new young then continue on their journey. Wild populations are under threat due to the increasing marchbread hornet population

Life Cycle

Jacketbee hives go through cycles in which they spend periods raising their young, rather than raise them in perpetuity. They will adjust their population to the size their nest allows, usually having a 30 day overlap period in which workers will devote time to raising the next generation, sharing the nest with them and passing on knowledge before the former generation leaves the nest to die allowing the new one to take over in full. In the wild the old generation will return to honey and pollen stores to guard them with intense ferocity from all but mortal races.

Self-fertile queens will allow themselves to be replaced, going so far as to train their successor in hive management before allowing herself to be eaten and providing additional genetic material for the next queen to succeed her.

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