THE MOLLUSCS & OTHERS OVERVIEW

OVERVIEW

"Molluscs" or "mollusks" are usually smaller invertebrate animals of which there exist a large multitude of species. They live to a great degree in the sea, but also in freshwater, then again those living in terrestrial habitats are most well known to humans. Molluscs are highly diverse, not only in size and in anatomical structure, but also in behaviour and in habitat, which makes them difficult to categorize properly. The following is a list to do so. Included are also water creatures, which couldn't be put properly in another category.

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

DHURURIAN SNAIL, THE
This tiny creature, found in Northern Sarvonia, particular to the Bay of Calinth area, is an unassuming creature that spends the majority of its time searching for food. Somewhat rare, it has become a much sought after commodity in the Remusian cloth dying industry. This is due to the colour made, Dhura Blue, is the tribal colour of the Remusians, and is unique to their society.
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CRADLEJELLY JELLYFISH, THE
If, whilst swimming in the balmy waters of the Scattersand Shoals, you should come across what appears to be a complex pattern of pieces of seashell, fish scales and assorted flotsam and jetsam, suspended motionless in the water as if caught in the web of an invisible spider, you would do well to keep your distance. This is simply the most visible aspect of a cradlejelly, a distant relative of the R’unorian gaspan, with considerably more sting in its tentacles. Return to the top
 

The Copper Lopstere

LOPSTERE, THE COPPER
This unusual sea creature, while by no means rare, is prized for its delicately sweet meat which resides in an equally-desirable metallic shell. Its higher cost comes from the relative difficulty of catching and processing a large armoured sea beast with two strong front claws, and the low ratio of meat to shell. It can be found along most rocky sea coasts across Caelereth, with some regional varieties. The Copper Lopstere is also referred to by names like "Cobster", "Lopstere", "Lop", "Lob", "Lobster", "Craykin" or "Clawkin".
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EYE CRAB, THE
The existence of Eye Crabs was first reported by the Anpagan explorer Bertrand D'Alba in his famous collection of journals entitled "The Extraordinary Journeys of Bertrand D'Alba". This creature, resembling an oversized human eye attached to four pairs of legs and a pair of pincers - hence the name "Eye Crab" - lives only on the far western side of the continent of Nybelmar (although unconfirmed rumours claim that such creatures might live in the northern Venlaken Enclave as well). They are usually solitary beings but at times they congregate in certain places for some reasons. The Eye Crabs themselves are a controversial issue for the Anpagan scholars, and this is actually true for many of Bertrand D'Alba's claims. But as much impossible and beyond reason these creatures' existence would appear, it seems that they are, nevertheless, real.
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FILACHARA MOLLUSK, THE ("INK DUMPLING")
Though they may be called "Luucena" by the Ancient Tiquaitan or "Filachara" by the Tarshiinites (actually meaning "Ink Dumpling"), there is no, nor ever was there any, disambiguation in opinion amongst the folk of the Nybelmarian Western Bay in the fact that this creature is amongst the oddest to grace any of Caelereth’s waters. As the foundation of the most widespread ink industry in the entire Western continent (with the help of the Faen of course) the Filachara is a creature that is not only highly remarkable, but also a creature that has strong economic importance even in the current trading climates.

Appearing essentially as little other than a translucent, ink-filled pouch and being imbued with the amazing ability to reconstruct itself completely from the most fractional remnants - calling the Filachara ‘unusual’ is an undeniable understatement.
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FLYER CRAB, THE
The Flyer Crab is a small crab that lives on the windy shores of Sarvonia, especially where the wind, reversing its direction from morning to evening blows the water out and in on a fairly flat piece of beach. It is so named for the filmy wings that can spread out from its sides, enabling it to glide down silently and catch nearby insects. The Flyer Crab has one of the hardest shells in the world. Return to the top
 

GNACKER MOLLUSK, THE
Extract from Friddriv Alav’s “Philosophy of the Mollusk Race”: “Consider the life of a Gnacker, growing all its life in peaceful immobility, still as the pebbles it so resembles, mouth agape. Imagine that all your life were to be spent catching whatever waterborne detritus should pass your way and making use of it, somehow producing from the dregs of society the succulent meat and pearlescent shells that people across the world, with their penchant for such things, so greatly admire. How this transformation, carried out every day by creatures many people barely even view as alive, is something to fascinate the most uninterested of countenances, and in my view it is perhaps the greatest magic ever witnessed. Who but a humble Gnacker can take the effluent of a city and craft a gleaming stronghold for itself.“
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KRAKEN, THE ("COÓR'MASÝR")
The Kraken comes in a variety of shapes and colors. It has a strange and alien appearance, having 8 arms, a fleshy head, and two enormous eyes, giving rise to the idea of it being a horrible killer that attacks humans and drags them into the murky depths of the ocean. However, most krakens do not behave in this manner, and are actually friendly to humans. They are sometimes called "Coór’masýr" (Coór’masýr) especially by elves who dub this animal as being one of Coór and who will not dare touch the creature. Return to the top
 

The Giant Kraken

KRAKEN GIANT, THE
The Giant Kraken is a very rare, very unseen sea-creature with 8 gigantic tentacles. The only way they have been found is dead, washed up upon the banks of the seas. These massive creatures are one of the most dangerous, largest, and still unknown about creatures within Caelereth. With their strength they can even tear whole ships apart.
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LIMPET, THE PARASISTIC
Shellfish are generally thought of as fairly innocuous creatures. Mentioning their name doesn’t conjure images of grinning maws, malevolent stares, or devastating predatory instincts. This is because shellfish are, generally speaking, inoffensive to the point of being dull. This cannot be said of the Parasitic Limpet, whose name fairly comprehensively sums up its most notable feature. Fastening itself indelibly to the hides of marine animals, it feeds on their flesh and blood, slowly boring into them in search of fresh meat. The habits of such a creature are distinctly unappealing, and the author advises the reader not to continue if they are squeamish. Return to the top
 

NACKLE MOLLUSK, THE ("HULLWRECKER")
The Nackle is a familiar coastal sight, especially around docks. The small clusters of white shell-like creatures dot any hard surface that appears near the tide line, to the detriment of whatever they cling to. Nackles or "BarNackles" (from the gnomish "Baverik Nackthle Vernwirkung", "Shelled Sea Mushroom" in the Tharian, literally "Oceanic Shelled Mushroom"), is also called the "Hullwrecker" due to its penchant for attaching to the hull of ships too long at port. Return to the top
 

The Oyster

OYSTER, THE ("TWO-SHELLS")
Oysters are two-shelled mollusks that mostly live off the coast of Southern Sarvonia. They may be found as far northward as the Bay of Sky, but are most common in the Yanthian Gulf and the Gulf of Maraya. They prefer temperate salt water, and attach themselves to underwater coastal rocks where food is brought to them by the constant motion of the waves.
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The Tryster

TRYSTER MOLLUSK, THE
The Tryster ("Three-Shell" or Styrásh Asthu’oc, Asthu’oc) is a three-shelled mollusk living in waters off the coasts of Southern Sarvonia, including the Yanthian Gulf and the Gulf of Maraya. They prefer hot to mild environments in oceans, whose constant motion keeps them supplied with food. The Trysters are also known for creating pearls. Return to the top
 

UGLING WATER CREATURE, THE
When Southern Sarvonian fishers empty their nets onto the decks of their boats, they sometimes find among the wriggling fish a creature so ugly that most can’t bear to look at it without retching. Its boneless body is like a rotten gherkin; its lumpy, tongue-like appendices are covered in tiny green pustules; and its mouth, a slimy, semi-transparent tube, ceaselessly changes its position, always protruding from where you least expect it. This creature is the Ugling, and it wouldn’t be worth writing about, if it wasn’t for the sailor’s yarn that is spun around it: Fisherfolk believe that the Ugling wreaks feverish daydreams that confuse seafarers’ minds. Some say that the dreams reveal to the dreamer her true wish – and that only the wisest fail to be surprised at finding out what their true wish is.

You may hear the Ugling referred to as the Fever Slug, after the febrile shaking of limbs that accompanies the dreams. Merfolk also know of the Ugling, and call it "Hss-tii-hhu-hng" – a name composed of the mermish words for “thirst” and “personality”; it may roughly be translated as “That which thirsts for (knowledge of) the heart”.
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 Date of last edit 22nd Changing Winds 1672 a.S.

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