Type: Lesser Demon
Habitat: Rocky terrain, hills.
At first glance the strumpeta looks like an attractive naked woman with an athletic physique. Their skin is covered in strange blotches and bands of darker colour. It looks like body paint but is the strumpeta's natural skin pigmentation. It would also not be strictly accurate to call this the strumpeta's skin. Their outer skin is a transparent elastic membrane akin to rubber. Until the strumpeta's true nature is ascertained, it would be easy to mistake their outer skin as some kind of kinky latex bodysuit.
Their true nature is revealed by their tail… or mouth. The 'tail' is also composed of the same transparent flexible material. The end terminates in a club-like structure that opens out like the bell of a trumpet to catch and ingest prey. Their anatomy is rather unusual. I was initially of the belief that the 'tail' was their mouth and the female form a lure. Closer inspection, and dissection, revealed the female lure to be roughly analogous to human in anatomy, including a functioning mouth and alimentary canal.
I wonder if the strumpeta is some kind of symbiotic relationship between two separate organisms. And if one of them might conceivably have been a regular human being at some point in their past. Troubling.
Alas, the specimen was taken from me before I could carry out further tests.
The strumpeta captures and ingests prey through her tail. Being composed of a transparent rubbery material, it can be difficult to spot the tail in low light conditions, or even be aware the strumpeta is not human. The strumpeta uses this to her advantage as she lures humans close enough to be captured by her tail.
The tail is surprisingly strong, being able to lift an adult human male off the floor and hold him aloft while gulping him down.
The strumpeta's outer layer is elastic and stretches out like a bag to contain captured humans. To prevent her prey from suffocating the strumpeta will fill this bag with breathable air. She needs her prey to be alive in order to have sexual intercourse with them. As with most HSIOs, bringing their prey to sexual climax is an important part of the feeding process.
After sexual congress things get rather gruesome. The strumpeta fills the bag with powerful digestive enzymes and dissolves her victim. Our HSIO aides have informed me that this is a painless process, that both the air and fluids the strumpeta pumps into her bag are laced with powerful narcotics, and that the victim expires in a state of blissful nirvana.
I was privy to a… demonstration. It was gruesome… A vile perversion of the act of lovemaking. Even now I wish I could flush what I saw from my memory. I don't know how Stewart finds the strength to do what he does…
But I digress.
Gruesome mode of feeding aside, strumpeta's are not as fearsome combatants as other encountered HSIOs, as they primarily rely on ambushing single targets. Despite this they should not be taken lightly. They are fast, agile and extremely adept at catching people with their trumpet bell tails.
As strumpetas lack the special abilities observed in other HSIOs, they can be regarded as similar to conventional human combatants. Their main weakness is the process of capturing and swallowing a man is time-consuming and leaves them wide open to other attacks while they're doing it. For this reason they are unlikely to engage groups in combat and it is important not to get separated while facing one, as the strumpeta's strength and agility favours them in any one-on-one melee combat.
They possess similar minor regenerative abilities as other lesser H-space 'demons'.