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
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.
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.
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.
Butterfly is named for the flower whose nectar it feeds upon, the
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.
elves call these small
insects Dalór (Styrásh
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
FISAH-ECK-SHANNO, THE ("SNOWFLAKE
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
The Lu'an moth is probably
the largest of the silk moths in Caelereth.
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
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.
Mercarto flies (a
human rendering of the
- 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
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.
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
is the Stone Myrmex’s binderspit (as it is colloquially called).
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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",
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Whistling Beetles are large bugs, about approx. 5
nailsbreadths long and 2
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 cows 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 isnt 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.
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
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.
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".