Deadlands Reloaded: Sunday Night In The Weird West
Prairie ticks are the scourge of the High Plains. These horrid bloodsuckers live in underground burrows, and are rumored to be controlled by a single, giant queen that rules over each nest.
When prairie ticks sense prey, they crawl out of their burrow and bound through the tall prairie grass at top speed. They can sense the vibration of a man walking across the desert up to 50 yards away, double that for horses, and quadruple for wagons.
Prairie ticks leap for the mouth and pull the victim’s lips down with their two front hooks, then crawl down the victim’s throat. Once inside, the thing’s hooked legs sink into the innards and it begins to drain its host’s blood. As the host dies, the tick gets larger. Days later, it bursts the ribcage and comes crawling out of the stomach or throat.
The only known way to remove a prairie tick inside a host is to pour a quart of castor oil down the victim’s throat. If the victim can hold the vile fluid down, the ticks will come out.