The Nyjae is a food fish living in the oceans around the continent of Nybelmar, the Crimson Isles and Isles of R'unor. The Nyjae, although in the Barsa family, is probably the most different than the others of this family, having a more rounded forehead and being thicker in general. The Nyjae is a good tasting fish and is a staple for many a citizen of Nybelmar. It is a light orange meat, although somewhat oily, with a slight citrus taste to it.
Appearance. The Nyjae has a higher, more rounded forehead before it tapers back to the tail. It has a roughly cylindrical body that is thicker in the body area and is over a fore and a half in length. The head is large and rounded in shape with large eyes and a large mouth filled with hundreds of small pointed canine-like teeth. The gill structure has two flaps, one lying slightly behind the other, and is triangular shaped. Blade shaped pectoral fins are located behind the gills with one long thin triangular pelvic fin located just below the pectoral fin. Both are a dark red in color. The blade shaped anal fin juts out from the rounded stomach near the tail and is a dark gray along the top of the fin and a dark red at the bottom. The dorsal fin starts half way between the forehead and the middle of the back and ends just short of the tail. This dorsal fin is spiky and tall and a palmspan high along the entire length. The fore part is a dark gray that merges into reddish near the back part. The tail is deeply forked with the top half a dark gray and the bottom half a dark red! . It has close fitting small iridescent scales covering the body. The mouth, face, forehead and back are a very dark gray until a thin black line long the upper sides of this fish. Below this line it is a mix of gray and red hues that extend to a pinkish belly. Behind the pectoral fins is a dark spot just above the thin bodyline.
Special Abilities. The Nyjae has no special abilities. It is one of many caught from the sea to feed the inhabitants of Caelereth.
Territory. The Nyjae ranges all around the continent of Nybelmar and extends northeast into the Crimson Isles. It is often found as far as the Isles of R'unor but is not as abundant there. While it prefers areas fed by rivers, it can be found in any shallow areas just as well. All along this range the Nyjae is not found farther than two stral from shore.
Habitat/Behaviour. The Nyjae, unlike other members of this family, does swim in huge scuals of fish like many ocean fish do. Their scual may consist of several hundred to thousands of fish. It is believed these scuals are continually swimming counter circular around the continent of Nybelmar. It has been observed that often two scuals will merge making a larger group. But just as often, a scual will separate into two smaller groups. It is not known what factor determines this. Unlike the other members of this family, the Nyjae does not disappear from its territory. Although it has been reported that a few of times the fish has disappeared from its range for several months. Once for almost a year.
Diet. The Nyjae will feed near the bottom of the sea floor on mostly small fish but will consume soft-shelled crustaceans when available. The immature young will filter plankton and small invertebrate animals from the water.
Mating. The female of the Nyjae starts laying eggs when she has reached two years of age. When she is in the southern islands of the Sanmarein she will lay thousands of eggs close to shore in the vegetation. The male will come by and spread clouds of his seed in among the eggs. This can happen two or three times a year. The eggs are somewhat protected by this vegetation and float freely until they hatch two weeks later. The young will stay hidden in the vegetation feeding and growing until large enough to emerge and join the others.
Usages. The Nyjae is a good tasting fish and is a staple for many a citizen of Nybelmar. It is a light orange meat, although somewhat oily, with a slight citrus taste to it. The fish can be smoked, baked, fried or combined into many appetizing dishes like others in this family.
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