AMPHIBIANS OVERVIEW

OVERVIEW

Amphibians are a class of vertebrate animals including animals such as frogs, caecilians, and salamanders. Related to them are the bigger versions, such as reptiles, who can live inside and outside of the water, like the kaimun. Amphibians may undergo metamorphosis from a juvenile water-breathing form to an adult air-breathing form, but some retain the juvenile water-breathing form throughout life.

Overview. The following amphibians have been recorded so far in the Compendium:

The Baniop Frog

BANIOP FROG, THE ("FALSE-FROG")
The Baniop, also called the "Bloodjumper Frog" or "False-Frog", is among the most feared and reviled members of its kind because of its ghoulish habit of consuming blood. Worse still is the alarming tendency of Baniops to swarm in groups of fifty or more in a feeding frenzy, enabling them to suck men or even larger beasts dry. Baniops are only known to live in the Falsejungles of Chuu, located in northern Nybelmar, where the local Meelaimada men, understandably, regard them as cursed. Return to the top
 

The Carserrian Gopag ("Corsair")

CARSERRIAN GOPAG, THE ("CORSAIR")
The Carserrian Gopag, or more simply, "Carserre" or "Corsair", is a massive sea-dwelling form of gopag (or tortle, as Sarvonians would have it) that lives in the sea around the north-eastern R’unorian Isles. They are powerful swimmers, and some have been trained by the R’unorians to accept “ships” on board their massive shells. Return to the top

 

CONTRARIWISE SALAMANDER, THE
It is a generally accepted fact that living creatures get bigger as they get older. It’s a rule that has held up fairly well, so well in fact that most people accept it without thinking. Perhaps this is part of what makes the Contrariwise Salamander, with its tadpoles so many times bigger than the adults, so unnerving. There again, perhaps it has more to do with the venomous slime which the adults ooze from their skin. Or it could even be the way in which they occasionally stage mass exoduses from their homes in the caverns beneath the great Zsharkanian peaks, invading the homes of nearby people and devouring anything not nailed down. Return to the top
 

The Gnarco Toad

GNARCO TOAD, THE ("JEWEL FROG")
The Gnarco (NAR-coh), also called the "Jewel Frog", is a highly poisonous, brightly coloured little toad that is found in the Silvermarshes and other swamplands of Sarvonia. Unlike the frogs in this area, the Gnarco lives mostly in the trees and stumps that are scattered through the Wetholm, or Lower Marsh. Return to the top

 

GOPAG TURTLE, THE ("WALKING LOG")
The Gopag is commonly known as the "Walking Log" and is sometimes called the "Jumping Log" due to the jumping habits of some of the smaller forms in particular.

Actually a turtle, it has the appearance of a log with moss growing on top. Its shape comes from both sides of the shell, growing around the animal and forming a cylinder. This animal comes in a wide range of sizes. Most types are omnivorous though there are also herbivorous and carnivorous varieties. While most varieties of this animal are harmless, some are extremely dangerous. It is said that a man who sits on a dead moss covered log in Nybelmar might never stand again. Return to the top

 

GREEN FROG, THE
The common Frog (also called "Green Frog") is rather unremarkable, but manages to be an important part of waterside habitats. and are known for their croaking choirs in the early spring, summer, and late autumn. They tend to be a bit timid of people, though they will happily take up residence near them. Children often have fun collecting these amphibians, and will sometimes hold contests on who can catch the most in one night. Return to the top
 

HOLLUP FROG, THE ("DRUM FROG")
The common Frog (also called "Green Frog") is rather unremarkable, but manages to be an important part of waterside habitats. and are known for their croaking choirs in the early spring, summer, and late autumn. They tend to be a bit timid of people, though they will happily take up residence near them. Children often have fun collecting these amphibians, and will sometimes hold contests on who can catch the most in one night. Return to the top
 

The Kaimun Reptile

KAIMUN REPTILE, THE
The Kaimun (plural "Kaimuni") is a fearsome-looking but sedentary water beast, resembling an enormous carnivorous lizard. It has two varieties, the large Ocean Kaimun and the smaller Swamp Kaimun, which are nearly identical in appearance except for their size. The Ocean Kaimun is found in the southern ocean waters and ranges along the Sarvonian coast from the Gulf of Maraya to just past Ciosa. The Swamp Kaimun is found throughout the Sarvonian continent wherever there is wet swampy territory, as far north as the Water Marshes, the area of the former elven metropolis Fá'áv'cál'âr. Return to the top
 

KYCK-KYCK FROG, THE ("KEEKER")
The Kyck-kyck or "Keeker", also known as "Dalireen's Frog", is probably the smallest frog in all of Caelereth. It lives in wet marshy areas wherever the warmer weather lasts for at least two months. It is found all over Sarvonia, from the Water Marshes at the northern part of the continent to about Bardavos, border town to the Raház-Dáth Desert, located at the very south of the United Kingdom of Santharia. It is also located on some neighbouring continents. Return to the top
 

MEANDREL NEWT, THE ("MANDERFISH")
There is something indescribably appealing to many in the sight of a Meandrel emerging from the inky depths, looking like the fat, waxy skinned ghost of an eel, but with six incongruously wriggling legs. That said, its strange, not-quite-insect, or fish, or amphibian appearance and the greedy, insipid way it burrows into rotting carcasses will just as often send a shudder down the spine. There are stories that they are the children of drowned women and others which say they are born from the tears of the moon. They have all the mystery and grim fascination of a mythical ghoul, but they are common enough to be a staple meat, and most who try it agree that, provided you don’t think about where it’s come from, it tastes pretty good. The Meandrel is also known as "Waifeel", "Manderfish" or - more poetically speaking - as "Child of the Dark Waters". Return to the top
 

MONH-RUM AMPHIBIAN, THE
The reclusive Monh-Rum is a wholly remarkable amphibian. Living most of its life in the Gotgavnynn hot springs network of the Northern Sarvonian Iceland's Coast, the beast's rock-like skin and tremendous size make it a very dangerous predator. Luckily, the creature is incredibly rare and very seldom seen outside of the hot springs, and even more scarcely seen out of water.
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NETHERSWIMMER, THE ("OTORM")
Entering the Celeste Mountains, you take refuge from the night in one of the caves that dot the foothills. As you set camp and gather water from an underground stream you see what appears to be flames under the surface. Softly glowing forms in the shadows defy the natural reaction of fire and water creating a marvel to behold. Before your eyes, one of the shimmering oddities reaches the surface and crawl on land. Named "Otorm’Fyr" by the Kuglimz men, its name translates to "Fire Snake". Other names include the "Burning Newt" or the "Netherswimmer."

While named "snake" by the Kuglimz men this description is inaccurate as the creature looks more like a lizard. Resembling a frog that has been flattened, stretched and with the addition of a keeled tail, the legs are short and easily hidden under the body causing the misconception that it is part of the snake family. The larvae of the Netherswimmer starts off at just a few nailsbreadths while a full grown specimen can grow up to sizes of two fores and can weigh over a heb. Its thick skin is brightly coloured, this colouring along with a thin sheen of a vitriceed like substance has caused a myth about the creature being made of fire.
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SILKYBACK NEWT, THE ("FOLSIN")
Until fairly recently, the Silkyback Newt was a little known, largely unregarded inhabitant of the more inaccessible creeks and subterranean streams in the mountain forests of the Crimson Isles. However, this strangely beautiful creature has a defensive trick – the production of the bright yellow dye which gives it the name "Folsin" – which is rapidly earning it a place in the studios, studies and dye factories of artists, scholars and artisans across Sarvonia and Nybelmar.
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SPIDERTURTLE, THE ("SPIDDLESHELL")
The Spiderturtle, a small eightlegged crustacean, about a palmspan across, and is known by various names. Many refer to it also as "Spiddleshell" or "Spiddle". To the Kuglimz it is known as "Ho'vla'pyr" (lit. "armour water animal"). The elves refer to it as "Már'thuoc" (lit. "water shell") and the merfolk callsit "Kinikraah", which translates to something like "alcohol crab". The mer have been known to suffer intoxication after digesting this turtle, giving it its unique mermish name. This crustacean weighs only about a hafeb and lives in warm waters like the Sea of Tears or the Aelyvian Sea. Return to the top
 

The Yepran Toad

YEPRAN TOAD, THE ("WHISTLE TOAD")
The Yepran (which is believed to translate as ‘Whistle’ in the arcane Aesteran tongue, which supposedly dates to long before their merging with the Lillivear) is a peculiar creature that inhabits the Jungles of the Shar peninsula as well as the more northern rainforests of the Drifting Woods. They are famed for their unique defence mechanism, a high-pitched whistle that scares off most predators. The Krean also knows them for their ‘Natural Symphonies’ that they produce nocturnally during the mating season. The Ter'ei'Vikh of the Drifting Woods though do not seem to appreciate this song, so their usage for the beast is as a food source.

The Yepran are additionally of amazing intelligence, many perceiving them akin to a sentient being rather than a primitive beast. The extent to which the beast's intellectual potential can achieve 'sentient functions' is at present a mystery - so basing on existing, validated evidence the Compendium classifies this being as a beast.
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 Date of last edit 2nd Fallen Leaf 1671 a.S.

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