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February 11, 2009, 2:38 pm

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"Greetings, Mortal," Said the bubbly, hissing voice in his head… What the hell was that, he thought. "Not hell, the Ocean. Walk into the surf, my child. I will protect you."

Also known as the Ship-Shell Shrimp, the Lobster Mother, and the World Crab, this ancient beast appears to be part crustacean and part sailing ship. That is, it’s shell was once an ill-fated ship of massive proportions, the Ma Halo Ni.

The Ma Halo Ni was once the pride and joy of the Elves of Alaerport, it was the largest ship to ever be created and was beautiful to look upon. This ship resembled any elegant Elven piece of art, only a thousand-fold. The silver and gold masts, the adamant hull, the mithral and glass details… It was a masterpiece… It sank.

On it’s first voyage out, all the rooms rented to the highest bidders, this luxury behemoth fell into the cold black waters of the Spanner Sea. The few survivors say they hit something too large to be a living being, and yet it was. It is said that a massive crab-like face rose from the dark waters of that night and devoured the front half of the Ma Halo Ni.

This unique undersea creature is similar to a an impossibly large hermit crab. She is actually an weak ocean-goddess that believes in crustacean reign over the earth. On that doomed voyage, they happened to be serving large amounts of crab and lobster meats, not to mention this ship was just too beautiful to exist above the waves.

Now Crustacalypse lives in the Ma Halo Ni and is happy… for now. She is often overlooked as a deity, and seen simply as an abomination. She is slow moving and patient. She can wait until the time when she is big enough to take the planet as her shell and swim through the Astral Sea.

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She could simply be a dormant god living in her beautiful shell. worshiped by an advanced undersea society of bizarre crab-men who believe themselves to be the rightful rulers of the planet.

A good place for an undersea adventure and to find some loot that may have been on the Ma Halo Ni when it sank. Be prepared to fight off stray sea-life and try not to wake Crustacalypse.

She may be helpful to mortals who choose to advance her cause of crustacean preservation, and might be able to provide transport, magic items, quests, and anything else a normal deity can.

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Voted Kassil
February 11, 2009, 19:11
This is really just an amusing image.

Since she's the goddess of crustacean domination, is she a carrion feeder like a large number of the mobile ones tend to be? I could also see an adventure seed with the PCs having to brave the deepest, darkest parts of the ocean, down in the deepest trench of the world, to prevent her from working some horrific divine magic to split the world open so she can move into it.

I could also see her being the offspring of some improbable crustacean who had done just that to some other world; picture the poor plane-jaunting PCs who see /that/ in the distance - impossibly distant, yet still able to be made out for what it is, so immense is it. Perhaps she, in turn, has spawned lesser hermit crab creatures that are still gargantuan monstrosities.
Voted Cheka Man
February 11, 2009, 19:33
*imagines if Ma-O went to speak with her.* 5/5 *imagines the crab sticks from that crab*
Voted Murometz
February 12, 2009, 11:23
Great visual and great legend to hear about at the ol' dockside tavern, while deep in one's cups. I really like this one, and can see using it.
Voted cloudncali
February 12, 2009, 21:13
I liked this one, Very Origanal, I might have to use it in my game some time.
Voted valadaar
March 3, 2009, 20:02
A nice little god - I think scras has a sub this could link to well. I love the whole little god idea and this is a good example of one.
Voted Fallen Angel
July 5, 2009, 17:16
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Voted EchoMirage
June 6, 2011, 5:17

It fits well with the world of Acqua in general. Short but alright.

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