Firebrats IRL are small insects closely related to silverfish (The real life ones, not the MC ones). Firebrats would serve as another hazard to be aware of within Nether Fortresses. They infest Nether Fortress blocks, just like how Silverfish can with the different variants of Stone. The blocks they can infest would include; Nether Brick, Nether Brick Fences, and Nether Brick Stairs. They would dissuade players from stealing the blocks from the fortress, and instead making their own out of Netherrack. Their attacks would be more powerful than that of a Silverfish, and they would set the player on fire. They'd also drop slightly more XP than their Overworld cousins.
In terms of drops, I think that they should drop Fire Charges, providing another way to escape the Nether if you become trapped.
I think they'd add a new challenge the already challenging Nether, and then every dimension would have a Silverfish variant of its own. Silverfish for the Overworld, Firebrats for the Nether, and Endermites for the End.
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