In reply to competivekid
A Bunyip ever heard of that?
I've thought on this some more.
Regarding its physical appearance, there is no definite description. Several writings and tales have mentioned the creature; yet, their descriptions seem to differ. Some said that the Bunyip had the size of a crocodile; others claimed that it is merely the size of a huge dog. Although the descriptions are different from each other, they all have something in common: the monster is utterly terrifying!
The Bunyip has been reported as a 'fabulous animal'3Brough Smyth Aborigines of Victoria voli, however the legend commonly describes a meanacing and fearful animal. From a 'half-horse, half-alligator' 4Mundy 1855 to eyewitness accounts of a creature that was 'about half as long again as an ordinary retriever dog' and 'hair all over its body .. jet black and shining, its coat was very long'gould 1872 that which may be attributed to a seal. Earlier sightings offer a description of a 'monster with countless eyes and ears' with sharp claws; the Bunyip runs fast and is cruel, sparing no one either young or old!Lumholtz 1890. The bunyips call to each other using a 'hollow boom' that is often heard near reedy swamps, quietly during the day but loudly at nightThe argus 1894. Whether the bunyip myth originated from a koala or kangaroo, a seal or two is a mystery best left up to you!
This creature is pretty hard to pin down, it has so many different descriptions. However some things jumped out at me:
It is said that the creature was usually found around creeks, shallow waters, rivers and waterholes. Aboriginal tribes were afraid to go near any waterholes or wells; they preserved great caution with their night walks.
By the 1850s, bunyip had also become a "synonym for impostor, pretender, humbug and the like" in the broader Australian community. The term bunyip aristocracy was first coined in 1853 to describe Australians aspiring to be aristocrats.
During the early settlement of Australia by Europeans, the notion that the bunyip was an actual unknown animal that awaited discovery became common. Early European settlers, unfamiliar with the sights and sounds of the island continent's peculiar fauna, regarded the bunyip as one more strange Australian animal and sometimes attributed unfamiliar animal calls or cries to it.
Instead of trying to pin the Bunyip down as one specific thing, how about making it a bit of everything? The association with waterholes and wells makes me think of the pools of black goo that Grimm spawn from, while the association with trickery or falseness/pretenders makes me think of a Grimm that hides away while people deal with fake threats.
In short I envision it as a Summoner-class Grimm. I envision it as a sort of mass of various Grimm mashed together and covered in black ooze, with the special ability to split off parts of itself into independent Grimm that it then sends to attack nearby villages while it hides itself away in the wilderness nearby, possibly beneath water in rivers, ponds or swamps.
People see a Ursa attacking a village, they kill it and they think they dealt with the threat, but in actuality the real threat is still out there in the wilderness, regrowing its lost body-mass so that it can spawn more minions to send out in its stead. To keep it from being to OP there might be some kind of sign that a killed Grimm was spawned by a Bunyip. Maybe the ash from the scattering Grimm heads back towards its location instead of just scattering into the air for example, heck it could even be part of how it regrows the parts of itself that it has shed.
As for me I have another thing I would like to see from canon. A King Taijitu upgrade. They're kind of redundant at the moment, their only defining feature being that they're a two-for one deal. But considering that two Ursa or two Beringels achieve the same effect it feels pretty underwhelming. They're snakes after all, they should have something a little more venomous up their gums.
So... King Taijitu.
I think the Yin-Yang symbolism is pretty obvious here, I mean Taijitu is literally the word for the Yin&Yang symbol. My suggestion is to play that up even more with their venom/poison, with each head having their own type. Like practically all the special abilities I've suggested both forms of venom would be more effective on people without or with weak Aura (or who didn't have their Aura shield active for one reason or another). And to make them a bit distinct from my suggested hyper lethal Deathstalker stingers, the King Taijitu would not be restricted to delivering poison via stabbing people with their fangs, but could also spit their poison at people at range. For obvious reasons spitting poison at people would be less effective than injecting it directly.
Yin is shadow, spiritually, and stuff like that so the black head would have poison that affects the mind. People hit by its poison would become sluggish and have a hard time concentrating, it would make it especially difficult to properly manifest Aura, manipulate Dust (which requires great discipline) or manifesting a Semblance. Unprotected people would be made almost completely comatose by this poison, especially if its injected, but people with Aura protecting could range from punch-out-drunk to only slightly absent-minded depending on how the poison was administered and how strong their Aura defense is.
Yang is light, physicality and all that junk so the white head would have a very physically oriented poison. Instead of affecting the victims mind it would affect their body, specifically paralyzing it, making them unable to move, but still in possession of their mental faculties. Of course if they had Aura to protect themselves with and especially if they got spit on instead of being bitten then it would be much less effective and only make their body more unresponsive and slow.
To further play up the Yin-Yang angle that kind of poison could be revealed in a fight with Weiss and Blake. Either because the King Taijitu snuck up on them or because they were busy with other opponents each head manages to douse one of them in poison. The black Yin head would hit Weiss(white) while the white Yang head would hit Blake(black). Aside from color symbolism this would also be to demonstrate the unique aspects of each poison, both its strengths and weaknesses.
Weiss as a very caster oriented fighter would suffer from her inability to concentrate, her attempts to manipulate Dust would fizzle out and fail while her glyphs would come out wobly and sputter out from her inability to concentrate on maintaining them. At the same time though she would still be able to jump around and duck, dodge and weave while slashing and stabbing away with her sword, since her concentration isn't so badly damaged that she can't manage physical exercise.
Meanwhile on the other end Blake would have trouble swinging her sword or aiming her gun, and her body would be to unresponsive to jump out of the way of attacks. However her mind would be unaffected so she would still be able to rely on her Semblance to both dodge and to propel herself towards her enemy and to use Dust clones to blast it.
Basically in addition to their color schemes I think they would be the perfect people to demonstrate the poison on because it would impact a significant aspect of their fighting styles but it wouldn't shut them down completely so they could still fight and demonstrate how to work around the poison. Of course that's only with one type of poison, get hit with both and you're screwed.
Speaking of screwed there's one more thing about the King Taijitu that I wanted to cover. Part of the reason I wanted it to have non-lethal paralyzing poison was to distinguish it from the Deathstalker with its highly lethal venom, another reason was that it fit the tai chi/peaceful symbolism of the Taijitu... But the third and most pressing reason was that I wanted it to have utility outside combat. The whole idea of paralyzing poison was inspired by a scene I remembered from the manga Naruto, where Kabuto, a snake-themed villain captures one of the good guys and prevents him from attempting to escape by tying him up with a snake that continually injects him with poison that shut down his supernatural abilities.
It was such a small thing but also so brilliant in its simplicity. If you can control supernatural snakes with all sorts of different types of poison then you have a unbreakable rope and knockout drugs all in one package. And it is exactly the sort of thing I could see Salem doing, she is already using one type of Grimm as both a crystal ball/video-phone as well as a tool for choking/stabbing uppity minions. Using a King Taijitu as manacles if any of the good guys ever get captured (or we get a flashback to her breaking Leo) would both fit the theme and be far more secure than any reasonable amounts of rope or steel ever could be. So yeah, if Salem ever captures someone I want to see this happen:
Also, while we're on the subject of the Seer, I just want to say that I fucking love that thing. Props to Miles&Kerry and the rest of the CRWBY that were involved in making it. These creepy little shits have been perfect from beginning to end. I loved the special effects in the Skype-call between Salem and Leo and I really loved how casually it murdered Leo at the end of Volume 5. I'm really curious if Salem can pull any more tricks with those things, like using them as a way to cast magic/Aura/Grimm powers remotely.