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What exactly is the origin of vermin lord?

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Vermin Lord are spellcasters who focus on the use of vermin, slightly turning into one of them by developing insectoid wings and chitinous plates. I have tried, but I couldn't find the origin of this idea. Was there a myth, a book or a movie?

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closed as primarily opinion-based by BESW, Thomas Jacobs, Mourdos, Oblivious Sage, DuckTapeAl Oct 12 '16 at 15:08

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  • \$\begingroup\$ The second image doesn't appear to be of a vermin lord. Is there any particular reason it's there? \$\endgroup\$ – doppelgreener Oct 12 '16 at 12:01
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    \$\begingroup\$ Are you asking where D&D got the idea, what the earliest known instance of this sort of character is in any medium, or...? \$\endgroup\$ – BESW Oct 12 '16 at 12:09
  • \$\begingroup\$ Okey, i skipped the mention in other systems and focused the question on d&d only. \$\endgroup\$ – Momonga-sama Oct 12 '16 at 12:50
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Like most everything else in fantasy, the concept of a vermin commander comes from fiction, mythology, and religion. The pied piper of Hamlin, for an example. Or arguably the plague of frogs or locusts in the Bible. This is not exactly a unique concept.

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