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Animals Rarity
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Mimicry Parrot A small and flightless bird which scavenges seeds and plants from the earth. Though basically defenseless, it survives by burying its upper body in the ground while its tail changes to reflect any nearby plants in order to blend in. Though cowardly, they possess a fairly intelligent animal mind and are harmless to humans. TBD
Pebble Crab These tiny crustaceans form a rock-hard shell around themselves for protection. Hardy enough to survive up to 250kg of pressure. Feeds primarily on algae and moss. Harmless. TBD
Fairy Fly Swarming insects reminiscent of fire flies, save that they don't seem limited in their range of colors. They glow brightly at night to attract mates. Feeds primarily on leaves. Harmless. TBD
Prism Jay Moderately sized birds with a white underside and prismatic "armor" reminiscent of crystal on the top side of their feathers. Flashing light confuses potential predators above. Razor-sharp talons, but not dangerous to anything larger than a house cat. TBD
Carnage Worm Finger width worms that tend to swarm areas of death. Feeds on carrion and minerals. Though hardly a threat on their own, a swarm might strip an unprotected person down to bones within minutes if feeling ravenous. Use great caution. TBD
Oil Breakers Bulbous squirrel-like creature. Feeds exclusively on Sun Fern oil. Extremely hot at all times and even faster than it first appears. May cause a decent sized explosion if its stomach is ruptured. TBD
Aquarochs Amphibious cattle. Gentle giants that graze on lake flora such as Dew Bulbs. Mostly harmless except in mating season or when the herd becomes startled. Milk tastes very watery but can be concentrated through careful boiling to taste closer to that of common Old World cow milk. Copper-based blood which bleeds blue, so their milk and meat are not an excellent source of iron. TBD
Snowbank Bears Found in colder climates, these ursine predators hibernate in the open after covering itself with a thin layer of snow near where prey might travel. Ambush predator. Looks very similar to the Old World Polar Bear. TBD
Garuda Roc A large predatory bird that nests in small islands off the main atoll. Glides high above the land in search of prey. When food is found, it dives down with extreme speed and either slash it with razor-sharp claws or grabs it in order to take it high into the sky before dropping it down below. They can pull out of dives and make lightning-quick maneuvers at supernatural speed. Often when it completes a dive, it will immediately jerk upwards and recover seamlessly. Sometimes, the sheer speed of the redirection will produce a small sonic boom. Their bones are very strong against sudden shock and light as a feather, making armors and blunt weapons fashioned from it very good for their lightweight. They prefer targets smaller than the average human - attacking children and Aiphe with greater frequency. TBD
Carnage Worm Queen Many hundred times larger than her smaller children and kin, a Queen is responsible for laying the numerous eggs in underground nests which birth new waves of the vermin. Far too large to be satisfied with mere carrion scraps, Queens will lay dormant under the earth for years or even decades before awakening to gorge on large creatures. Burrows upwards in an extremely quick manner to try and swallow prey whole or rip them apart with a maw of fangs. Rather than simple digging, a Queen will seem to almost 'swim' through the earth, leaving behind no massive bore-holes in its wake, but rather softer earth that it has quickly passed through itself. Solid rock and weaker material tend to be quickly dissolved in its excessively corrosive digestive tract. Several rarer metals seem to stay behind in its guts, making harvesting their stomachs a potentially lucrative enterprise if the beast can be felled. An excessively rare material found only in minute quantities in a certain rock which is almost impossible to gather using normal methods is found in relatively large amounts there, making this one of the few reliable methods of obtaining it. They are attracted to the vibrations of creatures moving about on the surface. For unknown reasons, the acoustic qualities of Hysen footsteps seem to alert it far beyond that of other comparably sized humans. TBD
Gatordile Dwelling in all sources of water, the Gatordile is a massive predator that seems at home in fresh, stagnant, or saltwater. It also seems to have no particular preference for above or below ground sources of water. Though called a Gatordile, one would be hard-pressed to believe it to be a creature of The Old World. It's scaled hide is several times harder and more flexible than steel. It also has the full capability of breathing water and slumbering in murky depths for weeks at a time until prey crosses its path. In nature, it feasts primarily on Aquarochs and fish, yet it seems to have a preference for harder and scalier prey. Esche traveling nearby when it begins a feeding frenzy may find themselves targeted by the monster, even over easier and larger prey. Once deceased, its scales can be harvested from its body. While they are extraordinarily heavy for their size, they are also very flexible and tough and serve as excellent armor for the troops capable of lifting it. TBD
Thermal Siphon Unlike the other 'Elemental Predators', a Thermal Siphon is neither very large nor a conventional predator. Operating in swarms, these beetle-sized flying insects float around searching for a suitable host. Once found, they swarm their target, scorching it with an insane amount of heat stored around it. Then, the Siphons will somehow absorb the creature's body heat until it expires, dying of a combination of hyper-and-hypothermia. Siphons don't seem attracted to non-living sources of heat such as fire, steam, or magma. Hardy and stinging as a single insect, these organisms become a deadly force in a sizable swarm. Also avoids Oil Breakers, which have evolved an explosive defense against the creatures. If crushed carefully, their juices can serve as an excellent tonic with a great number of potential uses. It can serve as a binding and stabilizing agent for more experimental tinctures, energize even the weariest bodies, and if mixed with Sun Fern oil, it coagulates into a long-lasting poison which can be applied to a weapon and last decades of frequent use, or indefinitely if stored properly. Preferring warmer targets, the bulkier and warmer builds of the Vaien will likely prove to be their favored prey. TBD
Crystal Entites Rarity
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Void Tapirs A creature forming a great deal of the weaker substrata of Crystal Entity populations. Being observed in a pacified state, Void Tapirs appear to subsist on a diet of plant life, prey, and smaller crystals. In some situations, they also display a symbiotic relationship with Crystal Golems, consuming the remains of any damage or wear to their bodies in addition to any parasites which might seek to siphon the natural energies stored in the automaton's crystal body. A large portion of the crystals they consume is redirected to their already naturally thick hides, making it an incredibly sturdy armor to all but the most devastating attacks. In the presence of Humans, however, this otherwise fairly docile creature flies into a frenzy. It abandons most rational cunning, seeking to destroy its found prey even at the cost of its own life. If it survives the encounter, it spends however long is necessary to gorge itself on the Human remains, ignoring all else unless it sights more Human prey. The exact reasoning for this behavior remains unknown. Small by the standards of most void creatures, void tapirs are formidable to most people, standing at around five to six feet tall and eight to nine feet long. TBD
Crystal Golems Few creatures better embody what people may reflexively think of the denizens of The Void than what most refer to as a Crystal Golem. These creatures were among the first sighted invaders during the initial stages of The Void Crisis. Initially thought by many to be advanced magical war machines created by some faction to bolster their armies, this hypothesis was soon discarded when the rapidly growing number of them disqualified any single group from being capable of constructing so many destructive arcane monsters with available magical abilities. An effort to study and understand the monsters was put together to learn how to combat them. Sadly, while it was initially hoped that as a magical construct it would have some sort of linchpin to deactivate it as a safety mechanism, this was not the case. While it appears entirely fashioned of rock, this isn't true. At the very core of the creature, there exists a primitive nervous system of sorts. Lacking traditional muscles or organs, the 'true body' of the creature instead is composed almost solely of nerves and a rough analog to blood vessels. Due to this, the mana contained in the entity is nearly as stable as that contained in any other living creature, which also resists almost any direct manipulation by magical means. Even the most accomplished Old World Earth Weavers found themselves nearly incapable of directly interacting with the rock Crystal Golems use as armor. However, it is possible that with power currently unheard of, a Weaver might be able to overcome this barrier. TBD