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Sandgrazer

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These Camel like animals roam the desert in small herds. The desert folk have uses for these creatures.

“Hoy friend, the sun shines bright on your feet today. How does your face fair Trader Evan?

The sun shines on your feet as well my friend Ahmor, although my face may not survive another day in this sand blasted wind.

Your greetings are getting better, but still lacking Evan, but you are an outsider after all and it can not be helped. And remember when someone asks how your face is fairing, they do not mean your tan but your health. Regardless, what are you to do today?

My apologies Ahmor, your language is far different from my own. Thank you for your tutelage as I may never have been able to learn enough in time to be welcomed here. I had thought to travel out to the burning sea and find me a Sandstalker to view and write on, I hear they are a sight to see.

That they are my friend, but dangerous. I will gladly show you one so you can tell others of your people not to travel here in search of them. We will go on the viebati’ to make the trip much easier.

We will not be taking the camels Ahmor? But why?

The viebati’ are much more suited for this trek we take. We will be traveling further into the burning sea than you have traveled before; much farther than a mere camel can take us. We call them viebati’, but in your tongue is means sandgrazer.

Those? They look like a camel that had their humps knocked off. But as you say, you are my guide and have kept me alive this far. Why do you call them, ve… vea… sandgrazers? Do they eat sand? Far be it for me to seem ignorant but so many things have baffled me since I arrived here that it would not surprise me.

If I did not call you friend I would think you were trying to make jest of me but I know you mean well. No they do not but we call them that because it seems they life off of nothing out in the burning sea. They eat but can survive much longer than a common camel. We will be taking them however not just for that, but for the water they provide us. Come let us begin our journey.”

Full Description
Sandgrazers are large camel like creatures that roam the desert in small herds. They stand roughly 7’ tall at the shoulders and have a broad square face with three eyes, two in the forward front of their skull and one higher up in the middle on the back of the skull. This eye is used to watch for predators. They have a very high endurance and don’t seem to need to eat. They do however need water.

They can smell water up to twenty miles of any size and find it unerringly. They have large glands that hang below their belly that can be removed that are filled with water. Removing these glands does not hurt the animal, as they drop off naturally after a certain amount of water has been retained in them. The water held in these glands are equivalent to a gallon of water and are fresh, if not a little warm. It is drinkable and will sustain anyone that has no food for an extended period of time as nutrients are passed into the water through the animal.

Additional Information
The nomadic Lemeain tribes of the desert hoard these animals for this benefit and usually track down anyone attempting to take one without permission, which they never give.In a desert environment, the strong survive. The sandgrazer’s are nearly defenseless.

The symbiosis that they share with the Lemieans is simple, they each have something the other needs. The desert tribes need a source of water, which the sandgrazer provides. The sandgrazer needs protection from predators and other hazards, which the lemiean’s provide.

The water glads naturally drop off due to weight. After a certain weight they would simply fall. The do eat, but do not seem to eat as often as most animals would. In a desert you wil lfind a lot of animals eating certain plants that horde water to get their water intake. The sandgrazer doesn’t need to do this as they horde their own water, therefore they would not be required ot eat as much as a normal desert animal. They eat yes, but not nearly as much.

They are more of a domesticated animal. They have very little fight in them and enjoy the attention and protection the Lemiean’s give them. They are not like their difficult cousins, the camel. They will allow only certain people to ride them and if they are of a certain weight, to heavy and they will just stand there or sit.



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Voted Ancient Gamer
November 8, 2005, 12:52
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A solid beast with the added bonus of cool, errr, hot water glands. Those glands earned you a .5 point ;) I know you take great personal pride in your posts, but I hope you do not see this as a failure. It is not: Rather it is an animal post of decent quality that glimmers somewhat. That is good. It is above average Strolenite standard and the Strolenite average is awesome.
Mourngrymn
November 8, 2005, 12:58
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No insult to injury taken. :) Yes for those of you who do not know, I strive to have all my posts to be of the utmost quality. Although I know they all can not be like that. If you refrain from posting a comment or vote in fear of me not liking it, don't be. I thrive on comments, good or bad. I can learn more from a bad comment than I can from a good one.

Comment away.
Voted Zylithan
November 17, 2005, 0:11
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A nice post. I have many questions :-)

Why do the glands naturally drop off? In a desert, I would want to keep my extra glands. And why don't they need to eat? How do they behave around the Lemeain's? Camels are supposed to be mean animals - are these also? Will they permit Lemeain's to ride them, or only to steal their glands? What do they get out of their partnership with the Lemeain's? Not water or food I imagine?
Mourngrymn
November 17, 2005, 7:46
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Protection. In a desert environment, the strong survive. The sandgrazer's are nearly defenseless. The symbiosis that they shre with the Lemieans is simple, they each have something the other needs. The desert tribes need a source of water, which the sandgrazer provides. The sandgrazer needs protection from predators and other hazards, which the lemiean's provide.

I was thinking that the glads would naturally drop off due to weight. After a certain weight they would simply fall.

The do eat, but do not seem to eat as often as most animals would. In a desert you wil lfind a lot of animals eating certain plants that horde water to get their water intake. The sandgrazer doesn't need to do this as they horde their own water, therefore they would not be required ot eat as much as a normal desert animal. They eat yes, but not nearly as much.

They are more of a domesticated animal. They have very little fight in them and enjoy the attention and protection the Lemiean's give them. They are not like their difficult cousins, the camel. They will allow only certain people to ride them and if they are of a certain weight, to heavy and they will just stand there or sit.

I hope that helped.
Zylithan
November 17, 2005, 23:34
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Thanks, it is a nice addition. I like the idea of a camel-based creature. They are, to me, exotic creatures.
Voted Aldwin
July 2, 2006, 16:02
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Descriptive nature was well written. I got a good feel for what these creatures look like. More information, and perhaps some backround would have been nice, though t'was a nice overall piece.

4/4
Mourngrymn
March 16, 2007, 8:50
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updated with more info.
Voted Redgre
November 22, 2011, 9:16
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