THE INSECTS OVERVIEW

OVERVIEW

Insects are a class of living creatures which usually are no larger than fist-sized, bear an exoskeleton, a three-part body (head, thorax, and abdomen), three pairs of jointed legs, compound eyes and a of antennae. They are among the most diverse groups of animals on Caelereth. The most common types are flies, butterflies and beetles.

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

BAVEREYE BEETLE, THE ("EYE OF BAVERAS")
Claimed by some to be the sole creation of Baveras, Goddess of the Sea, the Bavereye Beetle is a queer beetle that is unlike any other. It was first discovered by Shendar explorers, who believed the Scattersand Shoals to be the territory of Baveras. There were no doubts when they saw small, yet abundant, lights of blue, green, and silver flitting about the shores. Upon closer inspection, they called the insect the "Eye of Baveras", or "Baveras' Eye", and thus its name is a portmanteau of the two words. As these beetles illuminated Baveras' land, some Shendar even believed them to be sacred. It is a relatively large insect, about half a palmspan in length. A beautiful and mysterious creature, the Bavereye is a sight of wonder to any who happen to see their lights upon the shores of the Shoals.
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BLACKBEETLE, THE
The Blackbeetle, or in Browniin the Eioiei (lit. simply "black"), has - as the name already implies - a shield of a shiny black color; its head and thorax are plain black. It grows up to one and a half palmspans, making it one of the biggest beetles at the southern Sarvonian continent, and its flesh is seen as a delicacy amongst the Brownies. This beetle is found throughout Sarvonia, although it is only hunted by Brownies, to whom the beetle's meat represents an important resource for their diet.
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BLOODMOTH, THE GREY
The Grey Bloodmoth is a common pest of the Nybelmar's Moredein Kaerath and the adjacent forests. Living off fresh blood of mammals and humans, this small nocturnal insect is more often than not the carrier of the infamous Green Fever disease. Return to the top
 

BLUE MYRMEX, THE ("ICE MYRMEX")
Closely related to its southerly cousins, the Blue Myrmex is one of the few insects capable of surviving the freezing temperatures of the most northerly regions of Sarvonia, most notably the Icelands Coast, the Peninsula of Iol, and the Caaehl'heroth Peninsula from the northernmost Caaehl mountains through to the Icelands of Aeh'Os'th'er'oc, and even as far as the islands of Kalta'Goor and Karma'Goor. A single colony of Blue Myrmex can contain many thousands of individuals, but all seem to work towards the same purpose, that of finding food for the larvae which are nursed deep within their underground nests. For such a tiny creature, it carries within its body a very potent venom, with uses both medicinal and murderous.  Return to the top
 

The Ceruwing Butterfly

CERUWING BUTTERFLY, THE
The Ceruwing Butterfly is named for the flower whose nectar it feeds upon, the cerubell. These adorable little insects are never found very far from one another and are known for their elegant, romantic mating rituals. They are, in short, an elegant yet innocent creature gracing the banks of Northern and mid-Santharia.
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The Dalór Insect ("Sparker")

DALÓR INSECT, THE ("SPARKER")
The elves call these small insects Dalór (Styrásh dalór,"rising/moving spark") while the humans call them "Sparkers" and the northern barbarians "Aek'oriot". Whatever their name, few can watch the twinkling tapestry of blinking lights without being moved by it. Return to the top
 

DDIFLAS BUTTERFLY, THE
The Ddiflas Butterfly (pronounced "th-if-lass") could only be described as sickly looking. Hardly a beautiful insect, this decrepit little critter clumsily drags itself along through the oh-so-short length of its existence with about as much fervor as a chronically depressed corpse. However, despite that this bug seems as though it would like nothing more than to be smashed beneath the boot of some random traveller, and maybe even smeared around a bit, it thrives throughout the dank forests of Northern Sarvonia. With blackmoss as its main food source, this flightless butterfly is most commonly sighted in the Votron and Shivering Forests. Return to the top
 

The Death Dance Butterfly

DEATH DANCE BUTTERFLY, THE ("QUEPRUR'S COMPANION")
The Death Dance Butterfly is a majestic and elegant insect that acquired its name because of the 'dance' that it performs before each feast, which is a diet consisting mainly of the liquids that they extract from the dead. Due to their rarity, their disturbing nature, eerie beauty, and the simple fact that they've only ever been seen lingering about dying or dead things, they earned their second name, "Queprur's Companion". Though harmless, it is often that - should anyone ever be graced with a sighting of a group of these graceful and pulchritudinous butterflies - these strange creatures are, nevertheless, steered clear of out of sheer superstition.
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DERGIMAR FLY, THE
The Dergimar Fly lives in various rocky and weedy terrain in the Northern Sarvonian region, really all over, from the areas in and around the Northwestern rivers and lakes, to the Wilshire Heath, to the Stone Fields of Peat. They are a tiny and rather common insect and travel in small swarms and typically feeding on plants and rotting animal carcasses. Their small dark grey bodies and thin, translucent wings make them rather ordinary flies, but they remain an important part of the ecosystem in their environment. Return to the top
 

The Feylien Bug

FEYLIEN BUG, THE
Feylien Bugs nourish themselves on blood. It is this aspect which has created a large demand for them. Many a healer is always on the lookout to find or buy some of these creatures. They are highly sought after as they are placed upon infected wounds to help draw out the infected blood. Feylien are only valuable in the larvae stage, due to the fact that when they mature not only do their feeding structures change, but also the development of wings makes it more difficult for proper placement. Return to the top
 

FISAH-ECK-SHANNO, THE ("SNOWFLAKE INSECT")
Deep within the heart of the Gathorn Mountains, in the northern lands of the Icelands Coast, can be found a strange insect. Called the Fisah-eck-Shanno by the Remusians, which means "Snowflake", it causes terror in the hearts of those who are unlucky enough to come across it. Beautiful, yet repulsive at the same time, it may be the last thing one ever sees before a painful death. Return to the top
 

FISH-TICK WATER BEETLE, THE
The Fish-Tick is, unlike its name would suggest, not a tick, but a fairly common beetle of the damp Drifting Woods in the north-west of Nybelmar. It is one of the many forms of swimming beetles found in this area, and, being unable to fly, it spends its entire life underwater, where it feeds on fish parasites and dead scales. Its small size makes observing it quite difficult, and a glass lens is required to observe the Fish-Tick in detail.
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The Flitter-Twitch Butterfly

FLITTER-TWITCH BUTTERFLY, THE
The Flitter-Twitch Butterfly is a spastic, obnoxious little thing, found throughout the majority of areas in the Santharin kingdom. Despite being very small, these colourful tiny insects still make themselves noticed. They flitter. They twitch. They fly around clumsily at high speeds and hit you in the face. Return to the top
 

The Glasswinged Butterfly

GLASS WINGED BUTTERFLY, THE ("SNOW FLY")
The Glass Winged Butterfly, better known as the "Snow Fly" due to their fluffy white fur, is a truly beautiful insect. Shimmering and tinkling in the breeze like a natural wind chime, it "shivers" its wings in order to achieve such sounds. Mellow and generally comfortable in the presence of a curious person, this butterfly may even land upon a passerby for no apparent reason. Used to colder climates, it resides mostly in the north, due to the simple fact that their one and only food source is there. Return to the top
 

GIGGLEPEBBLE, THE ("CHUCKLESTONE", "GHUFF'AAW")
Have you ever stooped down to pick up a pebble, only to find the object of your interest jumping high into the air and away, landing several peds down the road, all the while laughing raucously - like a demon, an imp, or at least like a mad ogress? If so, you may have been the victim of a mischievous magician’s prank, or conceivably you may have to question your own sanity. More likely, however, you have encountered a Gigglepebble, or "Chucklestone" as it is also called, a little known resident of the Rimmerins Ring. Among ogres, Gigglepebbles are known as "Ghuff’aaw" (where the first syllable means ‘eat’, and the second “waste”, referring to the Gigglepebbles’ habit of dining on the nutritious bits sticking to bones discarded by ogres after a meal). Return to the top
 

The Groshmite Insect

GROSHMITE INSECT, THE ("GIANT WOODBORING MITE")
The Groshmite (also referred to as the "Giant Woodboring Mite") is only distantly related to mites. Rather it is an airborne insect, with no more than two to four nailsbreadths in size. A Groshmite might not pose a threat when encountered alone, but can be a deadly danger if a whole swarm attacks, which unfortunately is the rule. A swarm is a group of Groshmites existing collectively as an airborne pestillence containing hundreds, in few cases even thousands, of individual insects. Though peaceful in general, the swarm should definitely be avoided to be stirred up. Groshmites exist around the countryside mainly in Santharian regions around and north of the Hèckranian volcano until the foothills of the Tandala Highlands. They can mainly be found at the borders of various forests, sometimes also in the vicinity of swamps, forming up to 10 ped sized clouds of insects. Return to the top
 

GULLETCRAMP BUTTERFLY, THE ("STOMACHFLY", "JIBBALIES")
This little butterfly brings a whole new literal meaning to someone saying "I've got the butterflies." They are immune to the effects of stomach acid and, for the first two months of its life, this insect lives quite comfortably in a person's belly. The Gulletcramp is a bad thing to have calling your stomach home. It rudely eats a large portion of anything that you may consume, yet leaves you feeling full despite that the majority of your meal is now gone due to the butterfly's hefty appetite. The Gulletcramp Butterfly is also known as "Stomachfly", "Jibbalies", "Bowelmoth", "Gutterfly", "Bellyfly", "Paunchfly" and "Gutwing".
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LAZHBUG, THE ("BELLFISH")
This long legged, aquatic, silvery insect can be found swimming around islands, sucking on fish. In groups they look like a mass of shimmering orbs speeding through the water. It seems to have just a spherical head, no body, three legs and a tail sitting on top of his head. This gives it an unusual appearance and it is called therefore Bellfish. Return to the top
 

LÍN'MÁR'JÓH, THE
The Lín’már’jóh, Styrásh for "Small Water Creature" (
Lín’már’jóh), is an insect that inhabits many streams and rivers in mid Sarvonia including the Luquador and Rayne River. They tend to be brownish or bronze-colored, though their color may change based on the color of their environment. Lín’már’jóh live their whole lives in the water and are a food source for various fish and other insects. Return to the top
 

LIVING SAND, THE
One of the greatest fears of travelers in the dry desert sands of Aeruillin, Living Sand is a swarm creature that preys on everything that lives. Hard to detect, and even harder to get rid off, many encounters with Living Sand end in the death of the unlucky person in question.
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The Luán Moth

LUÁN MOTH, THE
The Lu'an moth is probably the largest of the silk moths in Caelereth. A fine silk type cloth is made out of the cocoon of the mature caterpillar. The Lu'an moth can be found from the Kanapan Peninsula in the east to the Celeste Mountains in the west. As far north as the forests around Chapel Fjord and as far south as the Tandala Highlands. For unknown reasons this moth seems to be especially prevalent in the Wounds of Sylvan Forest on the Kanapan Peninsula, the Shaded Forest south of the Prominent Mountains and the Hovel Frond Forest by Crystal Lake.
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The Malise ("Honeybee")

MALISE, THE ("HONEYBEE")
For hundreds of years the people, animals, and plants have depended upon this bustling little insect for their survival. The Malise, also known by its less formal name, Honeybee, has become an indispensable creature in nature. Plants depend upon this insect to deliver its pollen back and forth, while humanoids have made the honey they produce part of their everyday lives.
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MERCARTO FLY, THE
Mercarto flies (a human rendering of the Styrásh
már'cár'tó or már'cár'tó - a direct translation is difficult but indicates that these waterliving incects are takers of elven life) is actually something of a misnomer, as they are in fact carnivourous flying beetles, sucking blood from other animals. The Shendar of southern Sarvonia know them as "Tra'mat". Normally native only on the Narfost Plain, they are killed off annually after mating and laying eggs by the cold of winter. However, if the climate further north is favourable they have, on occasion, migrated as far north as New-Santhala. The beetles are now known, thanks to a series of elegant experiments in the last ten years to carry a pathogen, lethal to elves in the more northerly forests, while elves of the Sharadon seem to have an innate resistance. In humans the pathogen seems only to produce mild vomiting for several days. Return to the top
 

MYRMEX, THE
This industrious digging insect is omnipresent in Caelereth; wherever there is a bit of loose dry earth, the Myrmex makes its home and builds its tunnels. Certain types of Myrmex have abilities which other types do not: for example, the Fire Myrmex is venomous and can poison larger insects such as wasps, beetles, and flies that it takes unawares. The Delver seems to have an amazing ability for architecture, creating vast underground tunnel systems in its home colony, which can grow up to five peds across and nearly a ped deep. But certainly the most interesting and useful ability, from a humanoid perspective, is the Stone Myrmex’s binderspit (as it is colloquially called).
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NEEDLE FLY, THE
The needle fly is a miniscule insect that roams around Nybelmar, more specifically in the exotic and tropical regions such as the Jungles of Shar or the Drifting Woods. Although they feed on blood, alone they can do little damage other then piercing the skin of their victim. However when they attack in groups, which they normally do, they are merciless killers, penetrating the flesh of their victim hundreds of times before sucking them dry. They are a incredibly efficient hunters and are feared by everyone who has even heard of their existence.
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ORM INSECT, THE
The Orm is a common small insect found through most of Caelereth. They are about a half to a bit larger than a nailsbreadth, covered in a dark colored armor, and walk on six legs. They usually live in hives built from small pieces of wood, leaves or dirt, or in an airy space under a rock. They are mindless little buggers, who annoy anybody who have sugar, or other sweet things. Orms are ruled by a queen (size is usually six times larger than the average worker), whose main task is to lay small white eggs.
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PIKEWING MOTH, THE
The Pikewing is a giant moth-like insect, so called for the long, triangular profile of its wings when seen from above, that appear like the tip of a spear. It is carnivorous, preying chiefly on other small insects, but can feed as a parasite on larger, living animals. A swarm of the fist-sized beasts can become dangerous to humans, though even a single specimen can inflict grievous injury in an attack. It dwells chiefly in the tropical forests of Nybelmar. Return to the top
 

QUILLÝ'EFÉR, THE ("DANCING FIRE")
The Quillý'Efér (Stýrásh Quillý'Efér, lit. "Dancing Fire") are insect larvae approximately a nailsbreadth in length. Their skin is soft and transparent. They move by synchronizing thousands of muscles to help them crawl. Return to the top
 

The Red Diamond Butterfly

RED DIAMOND BUTTERFLY, THE
The Red Diamond Butterfly is from the same origin as the usual bug, a bug however with beautiful wings. A fully grown Red Diamond Butterfly can become about one palmspan in both height width. The bottom part of this little beauty is a icicle shaped glass piece which is colored Red, which could be mistaken for a real diamond. From this observance obviously derives the butterfly's name. Return to the top
 

SEEÁN BEETLE, THE ("LUCK BUG")
For generations the Seeán Beetle, also known as the "Luck Bug", has been associated with good crops and a happy season. They are often seen as a symbol of the spring and the warm weather. They come in a variety of colors, all of them bright and attractive, especially to children who will often catch these small beetles for fun. However, farmers are also quite fond of these insects as they helps to keep the pests off their crops. Return to the top
 

SILVERWOOD BUG, THE
Silverwood Bugs are wood-eating parasites, who live around feed on trees, forests and other wooden items. They usually are seen in the Thaelon Forest or in the Silvermarshes, and from time to time they also can be seen on Nybelmar, in the forests located at the Maren Zyloth coast. Return to the top
 

SINGSOFT MOTH, THE ("FLUTTERSONG")
The Singsoft Moth is certainly a pretty little specimen, pleasing to two senses; both the eyes and ears. They are rarely, if ever, seen fluttering about during the day, being nocturnal in nature. But, come twilight, flocks of these moths, commonly known as a 'chorus', will emerge from their resting places and commence their search for food. Once breakfast has been found, they will gather atop it and 'sing' whilst they feast. The Singsoft, which is the mothified version of the Lullaby Butterfly, is also known as the "Melodymoth", "Fluttersong", "Nehtor's Voice". Return to the top
 

The Skeetoh Fly

SKEETOH FLY, THE ("SKITCH", "SKEETER")
If, when trudging though a marsh or swamp, or even just passing an old water butt or a puddle in the road, you should become aware of a high pitched whining noise, there can be little doubt that a Skeetoh has noticed your presence, and is enamoured of you. This infuriating fly is a perpetual bane of anyone travelling or working in areas where still water is abundant, and their bites a lasting aggravation to those who’ve met with them. The sight of a large fly, weaving erratically though the air, barely able to keep airborne under the weight of a stomach full of your blood, is enough to inspire an undying loathing in the mind of almost any sentient being.
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SKY-DANCER  BUTTERFLY, THE VIOLET
The Violet Sky-Dancer is one of the largest butterflies native to region around the Krean metropolis Sihitara on the continent of Nybelmar. It can grow up to a fore in wingspan and can be called one of the most well-known butterflies in the Krean area. The Violet Dancers, a group of priestesses from the High Temple of Ankriss who serve as the guard of honour for the Warden of State, named themselves after the Violet Sky-Dancers.
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SQUELCHBUG, THE ("JUICEBUG", "JAMBUG", "JELLYBUG")
The Squelchbug is quite the fat, bumbling butterfly. It loves very sweet flowers and tends to reproduce at a bit of an alarming rate, perhaps because it is such a tasty treat. Its delicious juice can be squeezed harmlessly out of the big bright red or yellow backside, and immediately consumed. Being very friendly and social little critters, it is pretty easy to catch one in order to be eaten, sipped or 'farmedi'. Because of their habit of staying in the shade, disliking to be in direct sunlight, they are a refreshing, cool treat on hotter days.
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STYRUINE ROUND WORM, THE
If this doesn’t qualify for the idea of an “exotic menu”, nothing does! The Styruine Round Worm, a minor pest of vegetable gardens, has the odd distinction of being an edible insect of surprisingly spicy taste and (not so surprisingly) crunchy texture... Hobbits have found a way to make a delectable meal out of them, but Orcs say they are best served live. Return to the top
 

TUFFCHAFER BEETLE, THE
A beetle that a full grown man can stand on without so much as cracking it, the Tuffchafer is a remarkably resilient insect. Making its home in the heated ash slopes of R’unorian volcanoes, they brave fire and ash with the stolid air of small ambulatory rocks. Though not by any stretch the more impressive of R’unorian insects (with that title surely going to the enormous lurker beetles) they have earned a place in the mythology of their habitat, as the “Living Coals", of Hel'fik's Hearth. Return to the top
 

The Vubuaz Insect

VUBUAZ INSECT, THE
Any traveller in some of the northern forests of Sarvonia stumbling upon a tree apparently swamped by strange, papery boils, so that only its branches poke through the mass of bubbling growths, might be inclined to pause and investigate, especially if, as sometimes happens, they find themselves among a whole grove of such oddities. This would be a grave mistake indeed, and by doing so they risk attack from a pack of growling beasts whose ferocity and cruel power inspire fear among the bravest of people. The fact that said beasts are, though larger than many insects, still only a few nailsbreadths long is no reason to underestimate them – the Vubuaz is an insect as dangerous as it is fascinating, and it is very fascinating indeed. Return to the top
 

WHISTLING BEETLE, THE
Whistling Beetles are large bugs, about approx. 5 nailsbreadths long and 2 nailsbreadths wide. They've got six paws with tiny hairs on them, as well as two horns on their head, which they can feel with. The beetles are gray, with the exception of an orange shell on their back. The shell stands a bit upwards, like a cow’s horn and ends in a point. The shell is used mainly by the beetle to store its food in. However, the top of the shell isn’t used to store food, but to make whistling kinds of noises, of which the beetle grants his name. Beneath its horns there are two facetted eyes, also orange. Return to the top
 

The White Spiral Butterfly

WHITE SPIRAL BUTTERFLY, THE
Also called "Aek'miev" (Little White; Twining, white Twirler) in the barbarian tongue spoken at the Mynian plain of Northern Sarvonia and "Quillyia" ("Dancers") in elvish. This small butterfly has a 3-4 nailsbreadth wingspan. The body of the Butterfly is two segmented. The front consisting of a head with two large eyes on either side and two short antennae rising from between them. The back segment is a cylindrical abdomen. The wings are triangular in shape with the narrower end attached to the front half of the abdomen. This butterfly can be totally white, yet he most often has some unassuming coloured spots on its wings. Return to the top
 

WOPSE FLY, THE ("IKNUIN")
Though often maligned for its ability (at least among the males) to deliver a painful sting, the Wopse (known as "Iknuin" in Nybelmar) is remarkable, for an insect, in the devoted care and attention it shows to its offspring, who might be described as the most closeted and pampered young creatures in all Santharia. A by-product of this curious life-cycle is also coveted by sentient races - the nursery-gall which Wopses build for their young is edible, and a precious delicacy to many, under the slightly romanticised name of “Birchegg”. The connection between the strange growths which appear in birch trees, offering welcome treats to those who find them, and the tiny, fragile insects which create them, has been made only recently. Many people would tuck into their meal of fried birchegg with a good deal less relish if they knew it as the creation of insects, and the home of a small grub. Return to the top
 

WYSPFLY, THE ("VISK'KO")
The Wyspfly, or "Visk'ko" meaning "live spirit", is a commonly seen inhabitant of the Forest of Souls proper and the Tinderwood in R'unor. While they appear to be little more than small white balls of fluff during flight, they are a major pollinator of the area and live in moving colonies that float from one location to the next. Though simple, a colony of these insects drifting silently across a clearing on a gentle breeze, sparkling in the sunlight, is a beautiful sight to see. Some children think that if they whisper a wish to one or more of these flies, that it will eventually make the child's wish come true. The Wyspfly is also sometimes referred to simply as "Wysp" or "Wyspy", also as "Poof Fly", "Poofy" and "Foofy". Return to the top


 Date of last edit 24th Rising Sun 1672 a.S.

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