A wild creature appears!#026
Orochs are more closely related to an octopus or squid than any known spider species, yet are commonly mistaken for spiders. Luckily, their bright-red color serves as a loud warning of how deadly orochs can be due to the way they hunt. Once they've locked onto a target, some orochs can spend weeks following and studying a prey before they strike. The only known deterrent is to leave out a small platter of blueberries, which orochs love.
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#037 Lesser Cagespider
Named after the bony appendages they use to trap live prey with on their back, the lesser cagespider is a terrifying sight to behold. Unlike their larger variants, these cagespiders are only about the size of a large oak tree. They typically prey on ogres, giants, elephants, and other larger animals.
Nitenel are large, gentle creatures when domesticated. They have four heads, six folding wings, and a long, whip-like tail. They have no arms. Their eyes are a piercing red that contrasts their blue feathers beautifully; their beaks are small and each contain one small, venomous fang. Their diet consists mostly of small animals like rabbits, squirrels, and other birds.
Etorgs are the living skeletal remains of eternal giants. Although most have grown bored of life and live solitary lives atop mountains or in colossal underground caves, younger etorgs will sometimes adopt a city, curl up around it, and patiently watch generations of lives unfold. Etorgs also love sandwiches, which they occasionally make by uprooting entire forests to squish between two slabs of planetary crust.
The large wartbug is native to warmer forests on southern coasts, but has slowly spread throughout the continents over the years. They are about as large as a dog and primarily feed on berries and small forest-dwelling rodents. Wartbug shells are renowned for their durability and often sell for a high price. When a Wartbug is threatened in the wild, they will dig their feet into the ground to anchor themselves in place and then hide within their shell; predators will eventually give up versus their inpenetrable shell, but hunters and merchants will typically just cut off the wartbug's legs and haul the large body back to civilization.
The taia is an ancient creature that has a history on this world that started long before humans. The taia appears visually as a hovering being of luminescent shadows that uproots entire trees in the vicinity to weightlessly orbit around it. As the taia continues on its eternal trek around the globe, it gently replants each tree in an ever-changing trail behind it. It is said that most trees spend about a thousand years per spot (referred to as a "tree lifetime") thanks to the taia's influence. Not much else is known about the taia or its powers.
Nemmen are small, purple fish that frequent reefy areas and the deep sea, but are also commonly caught to resell as consumer pets. They are soft to the touch and like to be pet by their owners, unlike most other fish. When nemmen are happy, they blow small bubbles that they play with, often swimming circles around each bubble. Most nemmen live two or three years.
This burrowing reptile calls home to deep, underground caverns. Krystalloise lack the typical claws found on other diggers, but are still capable of digging through softer grounds using a mixture of shovel-like fins and incredible strength; however, they often just live within natural caverns or those hollowed out by other creatures. Their dense, crystallized body makes them incredibly resilient to natural predators, but also makes them a high-value hunting target from humans who use their shells in jewelry. Krystalloise can often be found licking rocks and stalagmites for minerals, which their body converts to energy and sustenance.
Mollang are small marsupials often found throughout wetlands and jungles. They live long lives despite the poisonous fungus that commonly grows on their short fur, which also protects them from most predators thanks to the highly-contagious nature of the fungi's toxins. However, these same toxins keep the mollang in a perpetually semi-sick state where they constantly sneeze and leak fluids that can cause physical damage to trees, brush, and other animals. Although each mollang builds up a small tolerance to their own fur's toxins, they rarely spend enough time with other mollang to expand that protection; therefore, mollang often live long, solitary, sickly lives and are actively avoided by nearly all other life that may cross their path.
The skalve is a creature shrouded in legend and mystery, revered by many as a deity in the desert yet hated by others less favored. Its powerful and majestic presence is said to radiate a divine energy, and its sharp senses and unparalleled tracking abilities have led some to believe that it has a connection to the spiritual world. Skalves have a rough, sandy coat that helps them blend in with the desert and protects them from the harsh desert sun. A skalve's powerful legs allow it to traverse the dunes with ease, and its sharp claws enable it to dig for underground sources of water and food. Despite its rugged appearance, the skalve is actually quite intelligent and has been known to form close bonds with its human companions and their descendants. They are highly loyal and protective, making them valuable assets to any who respect the desert. A skalve's diet consists primarily of small rodents and lizards, but they are also known to scavenge for scraps and other sources of nourishment. They are able to go for long periods of time without water, thanks to their ability to extract moisture from the plants and insects they consume. This water is stored in bulbous sacs on the skalve's neck. In addition to their practical uses, skalves are also prized for their beauty. Their sandy coats shimmer in the sunlight, and their bright, expressive eyes seem to glow with a mysterious inner light. It is no wonder that the skalve has become such a religious figure in many desert communities.
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