|Habitat||Starts to appear in between vibrations of reality after you've had 7 cups of coffee|
|Description||The most beautiful and/or terrible thing you have ever beheld|
The Bee Holder (Apis Ecce) is a monster. It is well known that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. As such, the honey this monster possesses is often sought out by narcissists. But beware, the Bee Holder's remarks are often stinging!
Origins of the Bee Holder
Not much is known about the origins of the Bee Holder. Answers to questions like "is there only one Bee Holder, or many?" or "Whence cometh the Bee Holder?" or "How cameth the Bee Holder to be?" are as elusive as the Bee Holder itself, a master of illusion and is therefore possibly more elusive than actually rare in Godville.
The Bee Holder's true form is said to be utterly confusing to behold. They also do card tricks. Only with bees.
The Bee Holder's Bees
The bees of the Bee Holder seemed to have formed a symbiotic relationship with the machine organism, for the protection it offers to their hive and the added benefit of seeing the sights the Bee Holder happens to behold.
The Bee Holder will attempt to confuse a potential attacker as a first line of defense, but if threatened may attack with its own bees, who like ordinary bees have a stinger that breaks off and kills the bee when used, so this is usually a last resort.
The Bee Holder's Bees' Sting
The sting of the bee of a Bee Holder induces a state of extra-perception, revealing everything one sees in unmitigated, glorious beauty, from the sight of the setting sun to the piece of lint stuck in one's navel. This way of beholding is unbearable to most humanoids, who in general regard simplicity and beauty as synonymous due to their relatively underdeveloped senses.
This effect is theorized to be imparted to the bees following Bee Holder inhabitation, as when the toxin is examined alchemically, it is found to be identical in comparison to that of the toxin of ordinary bees.
The Bee Holder's Bees' Honey
The honey of the Bee Holder is prized for its supposed beauty benefits. The claim that the insect milk reverses aging, which some proponents of api-ecce-therapy make, remains unsupported by evidence-based medicine.
The honey does seem to possess the same nutritional benefits of ordinary honey with no apparent aberrant side effects, suggesting that the bees of the Bee Holder are, in fact, ordinary bees.
The honey is incredibly difficult to obtain, however, owing to the fact that the only way to remove the honey from the hive is through the tear ducts of the mechanoid. In other words, one must attempt to make the Bee Holder cry. The Bee Holder will engage in flame war combat if challenged, but be warned, the Bee Holder's lack of tongue is as sharp as any stinger.
- Glomulax III Studies in Early Crypto-Humanoid Biological and Civilizational Development
- Piney Triphone, Gustwimp V., Butane McZalez (1997) "Alchemical Compositions of Various Natural Toxins"
- Harper, Douglas. So You Want to Open Yet Another Apothecary in Godville