Comelenguas is "an unseen beast that feeds on the tongues of sleeping cattle". By some accounts it's about the size of a turkey, and at least somewhat bat-like. Other names for comelenguas include "sacalenguas" and "el deslenguador" and "the tongue-eater". It's exists in the folklore and campfire horror stories of Nicaragua and Honduras. This nocturnal cryptid never leaves signs of a struggle - as though the cow itself was unaware of the creature's presence. It may be related to, or a conceptual precursor to, El Chupacabra, the hypnotic goat-sucker.
Alternately, it may just be an as-yet undocumented scavenger that feeds on dead cows … or some weird, cryptozoological version of the cymothoa exigua … which is a marine arthropod which eats the tongues of fish and then takes their place. Perhaps the farmers are only noticing the missing tongue once the critter has departed…
Game and Story Use
- Comelenguas may be the cause of Cattle Mutilation.
- The sketchy ill-explained nature of the Comelenguas allows you some red herring or bait-and-switch freedom. You might make the players think they're going after a Chupacabra or a Vampire, but eventually reveal it's a comelenguas instead.
- In game systems that already have stats for those monsters, this twist might shake things up a bit. Like bringing a knife to a gun fight, vampire hunters need to arm themselves in very particular fashions.
- Some care may need to be taken when using this critter in your game, due to it's strange name. While it's not quite The Unpronounceable, it does have a risqué approximate rhyme. Of course, with the right type of game (and/or gaming group) that just enhances the fun, but I imagine it'd undermine dramatic tension to discover the rhyme in the middle of a critical scene.
- For a silly campaign, a sapient comelenguas may find the mispronunciation of its name - deliberate or otherwise - to be a berserk button.