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« on: 21 August 2007, 16:38:53 »

OVERVIEW– This deadly and mysterious beast has been a source of fear and myth on the northern seas for many years.  Nothing can bring about as many nightmares, yet nothing is so prized in its capture as one of these Dark Stryke Sharks.  Found in the northern oceans, and created by Aleshnir in her struggle against Zundefor, these beasts will leap from the hidden darkness below to capture their prey.

APPEARANCE – This creature is about three to five peds in length, and three peds in girth.  It is very much designed to be quick in the water, with smooth skin and a long body without many protrusions.  It has a tall dorsal fin midway along its back, a smaller secondary dorsal fin halfway between the first dorsal fin and the beginning of the caudal fin, and then the large caudal fin itself.  To each side, behind the gills and before the dorsal fin, are its two pectoral fins.   It has a large mouth, filled with three rows of very sharp triangular teeth.  Above its mouth is a large round set of eyes.  Surprisingly, there are no eyelids.  Because of this, they are rumoured not to sleep.  This is one explanation for the dogged determination these feared animals display while on the hunt.    Between the mouth and the pectoral fins are a set of gills.

The colouring ranges from nearly black, through the hues of blue, to a green.  This colour is darkest on its back, and lightens as it goes to its underbelly.  The tips of the fins are nearly always black in colour, but occasionally a dark blue.  The eyes are very nearly black, though rarely a dark blue.

SPECIAL ABILITIES –These dangerous animals are notorious for their ability to leap.  Many a sailor has been pulled off of the deck of a ship while carelessly staying to close to the edge.  These sharks have been known to leap up to 6 peds out of the water, grab a man’s arm, and pull him, or in some case only the arm, back into the dark water.  Several of these sharks sometimes work together to hunt Cateloreen, and can be seen leaping out of the water around the Carteloreen, as they hunt the giant creature.   This has led some researchers to speculate that they have a limited form of sentient mindset, as the tactics they employ are quite advanced. 

Deep water is not the only place these creatures are feared.  They have been known to throw themselves on to the edge of ice floes, and onto the shoreline, to catch their prey.  They then use their powerful tails to work their way back into the water.

TERRITORY– The Dark Stryke Shark seems to be a cold water animal.  They have been seen only as far south as the Peninsula of Glandor on the western side of Sarvonia, and the Peninsula of Kr’uul on the eastern side.  They are usually found in the deep water areas, but this is in no means the rule.  They often come into shallow waters to hunt pinnips and penguins.  The only restriction on them, is that they only live in salt water, and do not venture into the rivers or lakes.

HABITAT/BEHAVIOR –   Very little is known of the Dark Stryke Shark behavior.  Most of its time is spent far below the surface, and it is only seen while hunting.  During this time, it has been confirmed that they have a very keen sense of eyesight, for they can come out of the water at great speed, sail through the air, and grab prey off the deck of a ship, before falling back into the water, even while the ship is under high sail.

It was on the 4th day of our journey that disaster struck.  My first mate, Hanz Sterm, was out on the foredeck.  We were providing armed protection for a group of small whaling vessels.  A Carteloreen had been taken, and was being carved.  The blood in the water must have attracted the devils, for they came at us fast and hard.  The first one lept from the water, and caught Hanz' arm.  In a blink he was overboard.  Poor bastard was not dead right away, but his arm had been ripped from his body.  We tried to get a rope to him, but another shark dragged him beneath the waves.  In total, six men were killed that day, one of mine and five from the whaling vessel.  As well, the Carteloreen that had been so laboriously won, was lost to the hungry beasts.  It was one of my last trips to sea.  I had had enough."   -excerpt from the memoirs of Admiral Jukolyn ben Fureth, Remusian Navy (ret)


DIET – Though it can only be guessed at what this creature eats in the oceans depths, there are a variety of animals that it regularly eats while hunting near the surface.  The Carteloreen seems to be a favorite meal of the sharks.  As well, so are humans, and other races that venture out on ships or boats.  Though not a main food source, the Dark Stryke Shark is one of the few creatures that actually seems to actively hunt people, and goes out of its way to hunt them.

Close to shore it feeds on pinnips, seals, as well as wison during the migration over the channels in spring and autumn.  Low flying birds have also fallen prey to these creatures.

MATING –   Very little is known of the mating habits of the Dark Stryke Shark, as they have not been observed breeding in shallow waters or near the surface.  All that can be said with certainty is that there are male and female of the breed, and that the females are the larger of the species.  As well, they give birth to live young, as more than one female has been captured, and when cut into, has had up to three fully formed babies within.

USAGES – The meat of the Dark Stryke Shark is considered a delicacy, by the Ice Tribe people, due to the rarity of actually killing one.  It is high in fat content, and thus provides a rich meal.

The teeth of the shark is used as arrowheads, and is the preferred medium, where metal is hard to come by.  The more nomadic and primitive ice tribes use teeth in this way exclusively.

The thick skin of the shark can be tanned and used for shield material.  It is naturally leathery and can withstand much abuse.  Likewise, it has been turned into a type of leather armour as well, by the most prestigious of the tribe.

Shark fin soup has been known to increase male virility.  For this reason, shark fins have been known to sell at twice their weight in gold. 

MYTH/LORE–

The Creation of the Dark Stryke Shark:  Ages long gone, when the gods were still upon the face of the land, it had come about that Zundefor had given to Necteref, the Caracal, as her personal familiar.  He had done this to gain favor with her, and get her as an ally against Aleshnir.  Without allies of her own, Aleshnir knew that Zundefor would be able to best her, and gain dominion over the animals of the sea.  To this end, she created a gift herself, that she gave to Asendin.  This was the Dark Stryke Shark.  As fearful in the water, as caracal was on land.  Seeing this new alliance, Zundefor knew that he would no longer be stronger than Aleshnir, and so a new peace was garnered.


Shark Fin Soup:  Long ago, when the Remusian's were still a primitive people, the same as the other Ice Tribes, there lived a lanrul, Ierytumen.  Now Ierytumen had 73 wives, but none of these wives had children.  At first, he had blamed the wife, but after the 54th wife, it was becoming clearer that perhaps it was Ierytumen who was at fault.  Fearing that his lack of virility might lead some to question his authority, or maybe to challenge him for the role of Lanrul.  He consulted the shaman of the tribe who meditated for several days.  Then in a dream, he saw his lanrul, with several children, ruling over a vast land.  The next night he dreamed that Ierytumen had gone hunting at sea and had speared a Dark Stryke Shark.  After a long struggle, Ierytumen finally landed the beast, cutting off the fins and eating them.  The shaman knew what needed to be done. 

Ierytumen and the bravest warriors then rowed out to the deep water.  As if waiting for them, a lone shark was spotted, and the battle was on.  Two warriors were dragged under when the shark leapt onto their boat, capsizing it, but Ierytemun was able to pierce the beast with his spear, killing it with one blow.  They brought the beast back to shore, where the fins were removed.  That night, while everyone fed on shark meat, Ierytumen ate only the fins, boiled in water to make a thick broth.

A mere month later, 6 of his wives were pregnant.  Jubilant, Ierytumen again went hunting, and again, caught a shark.  4 more of his wives became pregnant.  Continuing this, Iertymen would only eat shark fin soup each night, until each of his 73 wives had given birth.  From then on, it has been known that eating shark fin soup had effects that were desirable to males without children.
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« Reply #1 on: 21 August 2007, 16:42:02 »

As always...here is a critter for your perusal, sans Myth/Lore...always my weakest part...I'll get ideas as you remark on my beast.
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« Reply #2 on: 30 August 2007, 04:13:50 »

You're missing my absolute favorite section of any entry, so I have a couple of suggestions for you. grin

You could write a creation myth for the shark using the religion of the Ice Tribes. Their fifteen gods are in constant warfare, so I could easily see the god of the sea creating this beastie to fight against his brethren.

Another idea for a myth would be one about why the fin of the shark increases male virility. I would imagine such a story would be humorous and entertaining.

Anyhow, those are the two ideas that came to mind when I was reading the entry. Best of luck. ;)
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« Reply #3 on: 01 September 2007, 01:54:12 »

Ooooh! A shark...Not many beasts reside in the vast Caelereth seas at the moment...

I'll check on this one some time in the weekend if not sooner okay?
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« Reply #4 on: 01 September 2007, 22:46:30 »

Okidokes Altario- Here are some comments on this one for you grin:



OVERVIEW– This deadly and mysterious beast has been a source of fear and myth on the northern seas for many years.  Nothing can bring about as many nightmares, yet nothing is so prized in its capture as one of these Dark Stryke Sharks.
(Hmmm...Ambigous... I like it...makes me want to read on)


APPEARANCE – This creature is about twice as long as a man is tall and about thrice as thick (This is a little vague for my liking Altario- all over Caelereth men are different height- Perhaps use real measurements...If my memory doesn't fail me a man is usually around 3 peds high....I think).  It is very much designed to be quick in the water, with smooth skin and a long body without many protrusions.  It has a tall dorsal fin midway along its back, a smaller secondary dorsal fin halfway between the first dorsal fin and the beginning of the caudal fin, and then the large caudal fin itself.  To each side, behind the gills and before the dorsal fin, are its two pectoral fins.   It has a large mouth, filled with three rows of very sharp triangular teeth.  Above its mouth is a large round set of eyes.  Surprisingly, there are no eyelids.  Because of this, they are rumoured not to sleep (Could this give a relentless/unstoppable personality/reputation? If so mention it  grin).  Between the mouth and the pectoral fins are a set of gills.

The colouring ranges from nearly black, through the hues of blue, to a green.  This colour is darkest on its back, and lightens as it goes to its underbelly.  The tips of the fins are nearly always black in clour (and if they aren't black they are....what exactly?).  The eyes are very nearly black, though rarely a dark blue (Eh? Shouldn't it be though 'normally' dark blue).

SPECIAL ABILITIES –These dangerous animals are notorious for their ability to leap.  Many a sailor has been pulled off of the deck of a ship while carelessly staying to close to the edge.  These sharks have been known to leap up to 6 peds out of the water, grab a man’s arm, and pull him, or in some case only the arm, back into the dark water.  Several of them (you should specify as 'these sharks' rahter then them...it is easy to get confused with whether you are talking about sailors or sharks if you say 'them') sometimes work together to hunt Cateloreen, and can be seen leaping out of the water around the Carteloreen, as they hunt the giant creature.   This has led some researchers to speculate that they have a limited form of sentient mindset (How exactly does this show signs of Sentient mindset?). 

Deep water is not the only place these creatures are feared.  They have been known to throw themselves on to the edge of ice floes, and onto the shoreline, to catch their prey.  They then use their powerful tails to work their way back into the water.

TERRITORY– The Dark Stryke Shark seems to be a cold water animal.  They have been seen only as far south as the Peninsula of Glandor on the western side of Sarvonia, and the Peninsula of Kr’uul on the eastern side.  They are usually found in the deep water areas, but this is in no means the rule.  They often come into shallow waters to hunt pinnips and penguins.  The only restriction on them, is that they only live in salt water, and do not venture into the rivers or lakes.

HABITAT/BEHAVIOR –   Very little is known of the Dark Stryke Shark behavior.  Most of its time is spent far below the surface, and it is only seen while hunting.  During this time, it has been confirmed that they have a very keen sense of eyesight, for they can come out of the water at great speed, sail through the air, and grab prey off the deck of a ship, before falling back into the water, even while the ship is under high sail. (Could you include a witness account of this hunting...this would liven up your entry a bit dont you think?)

DIET – Though it can only be guessed at what this creature eats in the oceans depths, there are a variety of animals that it regularly eats while hunting near the surface.  The Carteloreen seems to be a favorite meal of the sharks.  As well, so are humans, and other races that venture out on ships or boats.  The Dark Stryke Shark is one of the few creatures that actually seems to actively hunt people, and goes out of its way to hunt them (Hmmm....Thats a bit of an unreliable source of food don't you think? I would say even less people go out on seaboats back in the medieval times than they do now.... and that small amount of people wouldn't be enough for these sharks to survive on would it? Perhaps just state that the creature will hunt humans when they are  encountered...because what have written implies they have reliance on human flesh).

Close to shore it feeds on pinnips, seals, as well as wison during the migration over the channels in spring and autumn.  Low flying birds have also fallen prey to these creatures.

MATING –   Very little is known of the mating habits of the Dark Stryke Shark, as they have not been observed breeding in shallow waters or near the surface.  All that can be said with certainty is that there are male and female of the breed, and that the females are the larger of the species (How do they know the difference between the males and females- how do you that the male is the larger one if you don't see them mate?).  As well, they give birth to live young, as more than one female has been captured, and when cut into, has had up to three fully formed babies within (Do sharks reproduce internally? I assumed they laid eggs that were externally fertilised by the males like other fish).

USAGES – The meat of the Dark Stryke Shark is considered a delicacy (By who?), due to the rarity of actually killing one.  It is high in fat content, and thus provides a rich meal.

The teeth of the shark is used as arrowheads, and is the preferred medium, where metal is hard to come by.  The more nomadic and primitive ice tribes use teeth in this way exclusively (Excusively? Why not other tribes?).

The thick skin of the shark can be tanned and used for shield material.  It is naturally leathery and can withstand much abuse.  Likewise, it has been turned into a type of leather armour as well, by the most prestigious of the tribe.

Shark fin soup has been known to increase male virility.  For this reason, it has been known to sell at twice its weight in gold (Thats not much...how much does a bowl of soup weigh grin). 



Very nice Altario!

I like this alot but one quesiton- Where is the Myth section?

Such a creature as a mysterious man eating leaping shark has no stories surrounding it? You even state that it causes nightmares in the overview!

Overall...I like it...Well Done...Get these comments intergrated quickly and it might be finished by tommorows update.... grin
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« Reply #5 on: 06 September 2007, 09:51:46 »

I have incorporated some changes, and a Myth section.

The difference between males and females would be known through dissection, from scientific studies, and from carving them up for food.  The internal organs of each would be different enough for the average person to tell. 

Yes, sharks give birth to live young.

Other tribes would use metal for arrowheads if possible, I would think.

So, Comments welcome as per usual.
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« Reply #6 on: 22 September 2007, 22:00:07 »

More comments... would like to get something into the update, as I missed the last one. grin
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« Reply #7 on: 22 September 2007, 22:34:59 »

Overview seems a bit to thin at the moment. You should add something about the shark's appearance, you should surely mention its leaping ability, a myth example would be good, and you probably need to precise the territory more in the overview.
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« Reply #8 on: 22 September 2007, 23:09:31 »

I will give this an Arrow altario....But Im not completely certain about it...So I'll ask Art his opinion....
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« Reply #9 on: 24 September 2007, 03:29:51 »

Funny Myth section we've got here with our Remusian guy obviously keeping account of his women - and still not realizing that the problem might be him if he doesn't get a single one pregnant when reaching number 54... lol

Entry is basically fine, I've added more to the Overview though in the final version on site :)
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« Reply #10 on: 24 September 2007, 03:37:32 »

Altario, that is the funniest lore I read for a long time!

eh... do we have shamans now up in the north? i thought that was not decided yet?

We do have now penguins and they are called penguins?

(Just asking for I promised somebody special to write an entry about them but I'm not a bit inspired....)
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« Reply #11 on: 24 September 2007, 05:07:25 »

can't remember where... but remember reading about something hunting penguins for food... caracal maybe?  while researching for this...

Thanks for the Lore comments.... glad you liked it...

Thank you Art, for the upload and the Overview help. grin
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