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Skirrin
Lifeforms  (Unique)   (Water)
Scrasamax's comment on 2011-08-31 08:31 AM


Can you eat the fish themselves? How big are they? Why do they have this sort of escape mechanism? What kind of creatures prey on them where they come from?


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Skirrin
Lifeforms  (Unique)   (Water)
Cheka Man's comment on 2011-08-30 05:12 PM


Bullet fish. Delightfully orginal creatures.


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Skirrin
Lifeforms  (Unique)   (Water)
valadaar's comment on 2014-05-12 12:57 PM
I think these are a wonderful Fantasy/Mythic fish, perhaps sent to the world as punishment by some jerk of a god or goddess. Gods help you if there is a flying variety.

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Skirrin
Lifeforms  (Unique)   (Water)
Dossta's comment on 2011-08-31 11:57 PM


I'm not sure how the Skirrin would have evolved the strength and/or skull thickness to forcefully ram their way through obstacles in the deep ocean.  Other than that, this is a lovely bit of flavor to add to a campaign.


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Skirrin
Lifeforms  (Unique)   (Water)
PoisonAlchemist's comment on 2011-09-01 03:41 AM


This is not just a great flavor piece but a serious natural hazard in an aquatic game. It's very well detailed and has lovely cultural touches. 


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Skirrin
Lifeforms  (Unique)   (Water)
Tundra's comment on 2011-08-31 09:49 AM
Skirrin's are edible, provided you can sever the head from the body, but the meat has an intensely sour, unappetizing taste to it. The bodies of Skirrin that come ashore are occasionally dried and sold off in something not unlike jerky.

Each fish measures about eight or nine inches long. There have been
accounts of some growing up to around fifteen, though bullet fish of this size and age are rare given their pen chance for accidental land-running.

Skirrin are blind. They have multiple fins at the ends of their tails that allow them to accumulate an incredible speed in a matter of heartbeats. The Skirrin are alerted to danger by acute hearing coupled with two small flaps covered with fibers at either sides of its body which catch up on sonic vibrations of sound through the water. If these vibrations are strong enough, it triggers an flight reaction in the Skirrin.

Rivers are not their natural habitat. Originally, the Skirrin come from
the deep ocean, where they were able to flee from predators without ramming anything (or anyone) in their path. In the ocean, their natural predator is an Akaat. A bulbuous, gelatinous creature. An Akaat embeds its prey into its flabby belly, where it becomes stuck. Its slowly sucked into its stomach, and devoured over time. Its a tedious affair, through the Akaat's own body works by draining the nutrients off of that which it eats, making the Skirrin its favoured meal. The Skirrin's head, a solid, thick base is a great source of calcium - something that the Akaat cannot manufacture on its own.

They would migrate once yearly to the warm waters of reefs, where they would lay their eggs. The hatchingling Skirrin, barely half an inch big, are swept up by the
seasonal currents from the reefs into the deeper ocean where they either join with existing shoals, or form independant ones.

Due to the abundance of not only food, but egg-laying opportunity within the rivers the Skirrin have managed to survive, and would indeed be a pest were it not for the yearly fishing competitions that were held. They have managed to adapt to their surroundings: despite it not being salt-water. Surely, they could return to the ocean if they followed the river upstream, but they have the perfect surroundings for procreation right where they are. Instinct drives them to stay put. Go to Comment
Balarian Mountain Goats
Lifeforms  (Unique)   (Mountains)
Scrasamax's comment on 2011-08-30 07:40 AM
Leather as a renewable resource, nice! Go to Comment
Balarian Mountain Goats
Lifeforms  (Unique)   (Mountains)
Cheka Man's comment on 2011-08-29 09:02 AM


Interesting goats.


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Balarian Mountain Goats
Lifeforms  (Unique)   (Mountains)
Murometz's comment on 2012-02-23 08:33 PM


Creepy, shedding goats with a sense of verisimilitude. I strongly approve! Hakaat-the deep sleep, great touch. This sub leaves a weird taste in my mouth (in a good way)


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Balarian Mountain Goats
Lifeforms  (Unique)   (Mountains)
hylandpad's comment on 2011-08-29 05:18 PM
new take on an old goat (harhar). I love mountain goats and their big curved horns. It is also a little sickening to envision one crawling out of it's skin like a snake. Icky. But cool. Go to Comment
Balarian Mountain Goats
Lifeforms  (Unique)   (Mountains)
PoisonAlchemist's comment on 2011-08-29 02:10 PM


Very nice and well described. It leaves me wondering what kind of cultures would revolve around the goats and their skins. 


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Vastid
Lifeforms  (Unique)   (Water)
Cheka Man's comment on 2011-08-29 08:59 AM


Certainly an orginal creature, and a nightmare if that happens to a waterhole. 5/5


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Vastid
Lifeforms  (Unique)   (Water)
Murometz's comment on 2013-01-14 03:51 PM
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Vastid
Lifeforms  (Unique)   (Water)
valadaar's comment on 2014-03-19 01:39 PM
Lots of atmosphere, and a in interesting creature. It does not quite feel finished though - the connections could have been a bit more explicit.

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Vastid
Lifeforms  (Unique)   (Water)
Dossta's comment on 2011-08-31 11:08 PM


There's a large draw to this submission.  A vastid-contaminated water source would be a perfect test for those of druidic or clerical sensibilities, and could be a coveted research location for a wizard or scholar.  My only suggestions are to clean up the formatting (as PoisonAlchemist suggested) and to add some plot hooks at the end to help a GM immediately throw this into his/her game as a side quest.  That's would just be icing though -- well done!


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Vastid
Lifeforms  (Unique)   (Water)
hylandpad's comment on 2011-08-29 05:22 PM
slightly Grudge-esque in nature. Sinister actions draw sinister consequences. I like it. Go to Comment
Vastid
Lifeforms  (Unique)   (Water)
PoisonAlchemist's comment on 2011-08-29 02:15 PM


Very interesting, I like that the creature is little more than a herald of worse things to come. Are you aware that you can put line spacers in your formatting?


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Vastid
Lifeforms  (Unique)   (Water)
Tundra's comment on 2011-08-31 11:48 PM
Update: Updated Formatting.

Added plot quests. Go to Comment
Vastid
Lifeforms  (Unique)   (Water)
Tundra's comment on 2011-08-31 11:50 PM
Update: Updated Formatting.

Added plot quests. Go to Comment
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