The shark is the most efficient hunters in the realms. This has empowered the Shark Spirit, to become the Beast Hunting Spirit. This powerful spirit has bound elementals of various kinds and places with a shark imprint. These bound spirits spawn new shark races, land sharks, sand sharks, sky sharks, and as for here, ice sharks.
Glacier Fins are one of the most fearsome predator on the ice.
These creatures live in the deep thick ice of glaciers, moving through it like a shark moves through water. They are a 'medium' size shark (yellow or greyfin). Their pointed noise is as hard as bone. It vibrates (and even projects a sonic vibration), shattering the ice. They tunnel through the ice and snow as if it was water, leaving soft powdery ice behind them (think shaved ice and they swim through it). They move through the surface of the ice shelf, their fin sticking out, because near the surface they are faster. That and the subtle vibration or humm that heralds their appearance causes instant fear in every ice dweller.
Glacier Fins have superior senses. They can smell things, even through the ice, at hundreds of yards/ meters. They can sense heat and motion almost anywhere upon their ice. (They also possess an ice sonar that allows them to know where they are in the ice and to follow other ice trails).
Their bite is fearsome and can cut a man in half. However, their ability to stun targets at short range with a thunderous 'PAH!' allows them to attack with leisurely savagry. The Fin will sometimes crack ice or cause avalanches with its PAH! so it can trap more prey efficiently (swiming through the snow to eat things trapped there).
Walking on powdered ice is dangerous, as one will often fall deeply into it, becoming stuck. It becomes a hazard on the ice. Of course, if the fin is anywhere nearby, it will simply swim up its existing tunnel and take a snack of the hapless victim.
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How particularly EVIL. Also very characteristically Moonish. It just has that flair of 'why didn't I think of that?'
If I understand, you are describing a sharklike thing that swims through snow/ice. Because reading your post I thought it would be cool if the 'monster' were just a spirit, like the spirit of a shark and the spirit remembered the concept of shark. The spirit could tie itself to ice and snow, and become a shark... So the ice under someones feet could sprout a fin and turn into a shark... That way an ice shark could exist without destroying the ice... the spirit of the shark would translate through the ice until it wanted to jump out, in which case a shark shaped bit of ice would jump out of the snowy ground and attack someone.
That would be a different critter Ice elemental with a shark spirit. But that is a cool idea.
If an ice fin were to end up in water, would it be hurt by the relative warmth?
Not really. It would not be able to move very quickly (dog paddling), being in an alien element. Yet perhaps the innate sharkness (and its somewhat streamlined form) would make it function. Pah! would perhaps be too effective in the water than the ice, but might effect the creature as well. Then we have the resperation issue, being air breathing. The cold reduces its need for 02, allowing it to 'idle' in the ice and sleep.
Now if someone moved it far away from the far northern/ southern reaches, then it might be more uncomfortable than a polar bear or penguin. It probably would not be able to adapt to these environments at all. It would need to work very hard to get enough air (being warmer, need more 02) and it can slowly move in water, it is too heavy to work on land solid surface.
Makes the creative juices flow! Interesting creature to say the least.
I like how PAH! is described as nothing more than PAH! :)
5/5 HERE WE GO!!!!!!!!!
used two days ago ,good fight, added slight sonic component to them.