THE AOMÁR ALGA

APPEARANCE - TERRITORY - USAGES - MYTH/LORE

The Aomár (plural Aomár as well) is an alga or seaweed plant that grows in many freshwater lakes and ponds throughout Sarvonia. It usually appears as a bluish-green clump clinging to rocks or walls in its habitat. Though it has no use to humans, this water plant is a vital part of the eco-system as countless fish, crabs, and other water animals ingest this alga as part of their main diet. However, many people find it to be a nuisance because once it enters a source of stagnant, fresh water, it is extremely difficult to get rid of.

Appearance. The Aomár has no defined shape or size. It may be ripped apart into several piece and still each piece, independent of the other, will be able to grow healthily. It usually appears as a clump colored dark green to dark green-blue, though it will often appear black or dark, dark brown to the careless yellow. Aomár covers rocks and other motionless objects located in its habitat. Usually the alga starts out as a thin, transparent coat to the object to which it clings, though over time it will become thicker and larger. Unless kept at bay by some fish or crab (or an angry housewife looking to free it from her precious flower vase).

When the weather becomes warm the Aomár produces small protrusions from its slimy body, which appear as tiny little stalks with a small oval-shaped pod at the top. After a few weeks, this protrusion dies and is cast away, often becoming a treat for a lucky water creature. Strangely enough, nothing will eat the pods when they are living. Researchers believe that this body gives out a substance sensed only by the water creatures to repel them from the object.

Sages are in disagreement as to what the protrusion does exactly. Some researchers believe that the oval at the end of the stalk produces many tiny seeds - so small that they can’t be seen, while others believe it produces both pollen and seeds. Still others think that the oval shape at the end of the stalk is in itself a seed or that it contains many smaller seeds, which aren’t fully broken down in the stomach of the creature that eats them, and that, during their time alive, they only produce pollen before being cast off. There are several other theories, but no agreement can be made as to which one is most likely.
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Territory. The Aomár can be found most anywhere as long as there is fresh, stagnant water, though the Aomár are known to survive in even the harshest of environment, such as severe cold and heat. Even if the lake they reside in becomes frozen, the Aomár will survive until the ice has thawed. The only thing they can’t survive though is boiling water. After about ten minutes in boiling water, the Aomár will die.

The Aomár is found on almost all continents, in lakes and ponds including Aechwin’s Lake, Clonus Gap, Lofty Lake, Prism Lake, Whisper Lake, Chapel Fjord, Ebony Lake, Crystal Lake, the Ishmarin Lake, Ephirn’s Lake, Aerelian Lakes, the Ancythrian Sea, Occen’s Lake and the Mecavill lake, as well as in marshes such as the Silvermarshes, the Shadows Marshes, and the water marshes of at the region around the anicent Fá'áv'cál'âr. The Aomár is also commonly found in the pools of Een Puvtyr. The White Sea and the Sea of Iol are too salty for this alga.
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Usages. The Aomár has no practical use for people. It has no use in food and most find no reason to eat it, and it usually serves as little more than a nuisance. However, many water creatures, such as the mithanjor and other fish, depend on it as a prominent food source.
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Myth/Lore. A story is often told of how the Aomár came into existence. It is a tale often told to children. The story goes like this:

"A Ximax student, a young water mage, was out wandering one day when he came across a cool pond and decided to sit and enjoy the nice weather and the beauty of the pond. A few minutes after the mage sat down, though, a little frog hopped out of the water and on to a rock laying on the edge of the pond. This little frog called to the Ximax mage, asking him who he was and why he had come to the pond. The mage replied that he was a student at the Magical Academy, studying the Element of Water, and had wandered here to get a bit of rest before returning to his studies.

The frog perked up when he heard that this creature who had come to visit his pond was a mage, and the frog begged him to show him a few tricks. The mage was obliged and gave the frog a little show, scooping up some of the water from the pond and making little shapes out of it. After the mage had finished, the frog told the mage he was quite tired of being a frog, and implored the student to make him a deer or a cat or some other creature. Well, the mage was a bit apprehensive about casting such a spell as he hadn’t had much training, but he tried anyway. The mage mumbled a few words and tried to turn the frog into a more gallant creature, but could not. He tried and tried, but nothing happened. The frog was getting a bit impatient and a tad upset. The mage tried once more, but all he did was to turn the frog's color from a bright green to a dark, bluish green. So angry was the frog at the mage’s failure that he leapt angrily at the mage.

The mage, unsure as to what actions to take, hit the frog, causing him to fly downward and get smashed against the rock. The frog, squished as he now was, oozed back into the pond from which he came, and this is how the Aomár came to be."

-- "How the Aomár came to be" from "Miraculous Narrations" by Master Tribell, p. 211

The moral of the story is both to be happy with one’s self, no matter how you look, and be happy with what you have, as well as to not get angry and to have patience.  Return to the top

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