Paramites are one of the many forms of wildlife in Oddworld.
Description in Art of Oddworld InhabitantsEdit
Paramites are natural beasts who make their home in the Paramonian Temple. Whilst they look harmless enough, Paramites are a feared enemy among the Oddworld caves and catacombs. These carnivorous creatures are pale in colour due to the lack of sunlight. Muscular forearms help them scurry on the ground and climb massive webs. Their six appendage, claw-like mouth is extremely deadly.
Paramites are the native inhabitants of Paramonia. They are known as sacred animals to the ancient Mudokon tribe known as the Mudomo. In Necrum, they reside in the Mudomo Vaults, which is a burial site of the ancient Mudomo tribe. The mark of the paramite is one of the two sacred markings required for a Mudokon to harness the power of Shrykull.
As with many other examples of Oddworld's wildlife Paramites were prized by the Magog Cartel as a food, and were processed in their millions into Paramite Pies at RuptureFarms. Apparently incapable of breeding in captivity, they were instead hunted almost to extinction until the intervention of Abe.
Anatomy and Physiology
Paramites are four legged low slung arachnids with a six-fingered hand-like appendage serving as a head. Like the Scrab, they have no eyes or other recognisable facial features aside from a fanged mouth situated in the hand's "palm"; they are apparently able to detect prey through sense of smell and vibration. Their crab-like front legs are much more muscular and powerful than its back set, lending it an odd swaggering gait when in motion. The back legs are necessarily smaller and defter so that they may spin and manipulate the web they can produce from their back end. All ten of its digits are tipped with deadly, keratinous claws. Although unassuming at first glance, the paramite is a powerful carnivore, able to kill most creatures with a single swipe of its muscular head. Their ability to produce web and their dexterous upper body allow them to traverse sheer terrain and use objects that most creatures cannot. The drab green color of their hide speaks of their preferred habitat in rainy forests and dank caves.
Paramites are intensely social creatures who nest and hunt in large groups. Their habitat has evolved in them a preference to nest and hide in high places, waiting patiently in their webs for prey to appear below them. Although not sentient they are quite intelligent and have evolved a language of sorts, conveyed via grunts, squeals and clicking or snapping the many joints of their head fingers. One paramite can call upon other paramites to perform quite complex tasks by simply "asking".
When found on their own, and in an open space, paramites are docile, retreating from any creature which it encounters, following them if the creature itself falls back, maintaining the same distance for as long as it can. This is not an act of submissiveness; paramites are never found entirely on their own, and almost always lead creatures foolish enough to enter their territory into ambushes. Once backed into a corner, or are found in packs of two or more they become extremely aggressive. Their fast speed and small stature allow them to follow Abe under low obstacles and stay on his trail - unlike the Scrabs, who are too big to get under small obstructions. Since they often reside in dark areas such as the the afore-mentioned Paramonian Temple and Mudomo Vaults, they can become more dangerous as they are able to hide in the upper corners of a room and then drop down via web. Any slow-footed Mudokons could become easy prey if this happens.
However, despite all of this, they can be easily distracted with a chunk of meat. Abe often uses this to his advantage: tricking paramites to activate switches for him and positioning them in a hazardous spot so that they can be killed.
- The mandibles of paramites bear a striking resemblance to a human hand.
- The paramite resembles a mixure of a spider, a hand, and a pig.
- Paramite was derived from the word, parasite.
- The real world insects, silverfish, are also called paramites.
- Paramites compensate for their lack of sight through an advanced sense of smell
- Abe's Oddysee (First Appearance)
- Abe's Exoddus
- Munch's Oddysee
- The Art of Oddworld Inhabitants: The First Ten Years 1994 - 2004