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Rainbow Snails

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Both beautiful and delicious, these highly sought creatures are almost extinct in some areas.

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A cave dwelling crustacean that is extremely sensitive certain waves of light because it almost solely uses its eyes to find the small bits of mold that it uses to eat. The mold reflects a certain wavelength color that the crustacean can see. Bad thing is it needs light to see the mold, but the requirement for seeing the mold is having sensitive eyes.

To protect its eyes from the main force of light it has created a super reflective shell that reflects all the light away from its eyes keeping it from being in direct light. At the same time as saving its sensitive eyes, the shell also splits the light waves into a rainbow and spreads it out in front of it so that the specific wavelength light that reflects off the mold is concentrated.

The snail-like creatures can grow up to a foot long by 3/4 foot high but are very rare.

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The shell is a favorite among royalty for its rainbow creating ability.



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Voted Chaosmark
November 8, 2005, 18:12
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Much as I tend to be reserved about stealing stuff from people, this is quite good for adding background to a world.
Voted Zylithan
November 11, 2005, 11:07
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I'm not sure about all of the science, but it's an original idea. We've all heard about how body covering is used by animals to control heat intake/release (polar bears, etc.), but this takes that concept a big step further!
Voted Cheka Man
April 13, 2006, 15:11
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It must be poached quite a lot.
Voted Scrasamax
April 13, 2006, 15:40
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I would vote higher, but the submission is so short, I wanted more. The shell could be used in illusion spells, and the snail itself could be served as foot long escargot. Get the Garlic!
Voted Murometz
December 20, 2006, 14:01
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a foot long escargot would be SOOOO tough to chew, that in essence it would taste exactly like a rubber tire. Get MORE garlic!

nice, short, and sweet. Though like Scras, I think it could use some more quirky tid bits.
Voted valadaar
December 20, 2006, 14:23
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Agree with the others, otherwise neat!
Murometz
December 1, 2012, 12:56
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anything that starts off with "beautiful AND delicious"...
Voted Moonlake
February 8, 2016, 21:41
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Short and sweet

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The third son of a candle-maker, and secretly a spy, Tsiao Fong Wei betrayed his family, clan, and town to the merciless Qongg Dynasty, causing the deaths of his own family members. He survived to an old age hiding out in the country side and keeping a low profile. One day however, the “Paper Knife” finally found Tsiao Fong Wei , and exacted his revenge on behalf of the folk, dead and tortured.

After a furious struggle, the “Paper Knife” plunged twin burning candles into the eyes of the traitorous old man and laughed, as Tsiao Fong Wei howled in dismay and pain. Some say Tsiao Fong Wei died that day. Others say that the old man somehow escaped despite his sudden anguish and utter blindness.

The truth is lost to time.

But to this day the children of the Red-Ridge County towns and villages are told by their parents to always beware twin lights in the darkness and to never venture into the woods at night, and to keep an ear open for the Groaning Ghost, for somewhere out there Tsiao Fong Wei the Traitor, now a vengeful spirit, stumbles about the darkness moaning and wailing, candles still sticking forth from out of his otherwise empty eye sockets. And though the candles plunged into his eyes all those years ago were a’flame going in, now the wax protuberances are somehow lit from within and burn without, and two flickering lights in the darkness, always portend his coming.

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