September 18, 2008: Cambridge University reveals the "Corpus Clock", a new clock which incorporates a mechanical creature - a mixture of beetle and lizard - into its design. This creature, dubbed the "chronophage" or "time-eater" by its creator, is intended to be disturbing and to show that "time is not on your side".
Game and Story Use
- A clock like this might be an actual artifact with time-related powers, or just a MacGuffin for the PCs to chase after.
- Perhaps it devours the life-time of those nearby - and stores it for retrieval for the creator of the Clock. He might use that extra time to become immortal.
- The chronophage itself can be a good inspiration for a fantastical creature - perhaps it drains away the remaining years of a victim's life after biting it?