To the casual observer, this mile long island would seem to be a piece of heaven.The sands are soft and golden, the jungle has a beauty all it’s own, and the mountian top that rises appears to be made of solid gold.When the sunlights shines upon it, the gleam can be seen from miles away, and the moonlight is enough to make it glow softly, like a candle seen from far away. However, all is not what it seems.
The sands that appear firm, are in fact quicksand that can suck an unwary man down to his chest, and as if that was not nasty enough, there are creatures upon this island that have long since vanished from most of Acqua, either exterminated by humans or outpreformed by crocodiles and other creatures. They are Sandkoi, known to most humans as Sand Sharks, huge amphibians with sticky tonuges, sharp teeth and a surprisingly tough greenish-brown skin, and they can be up to eight feet long and three feet wide.Their feet are huge and flat, supporting their weight over quicksands where any other large creature would be bogged down.
They can and do eat almost anything-insects, fish from the island’s streams, plants of various kinds, rats and mice, but their favourite food is human flesh.The struggles of a trapped human will bring them out, two at a time, and they attack at the same time from different directions.They are fast movers and their mouths are full of germs which, whilst harmless to them and their teeth, mean that even a little bite will infect the wound. Within an hour, the toxins will cause first a great thirst, then dizzyness, vomiting, hallicinations and death.
After biting a human the lizards have learnt to withdraw and wait until the human is dying before ripping the body apart and eating it, leaving only splintered bones and broken skulls behind.
Should someone avoid the lizards, they have mosquitos, Trapper Ants, fist-sized spiders and other such pests to worry about, and if they do reach the gold, they will find that it is iron pyrite, fool’s gold, and worthless.