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« on: 30 January 2002, 22:30:00 »

Yup, I'm introducing Santharia to crab.

Appearance
The spiderturtle, also called the spittle, is a 1/3 ped long creature, with eight spindly, armored legs ending in three-pointed fins. These are connected to a disc-shaped body, armored just as well as the rest, if not more. They have four eyes set just above a small mouth, a mouth with tiny, sharp teeth. It is blue-gray in color.
Special Abilities: The spittle is one of the few creatures that can live equally well in and out of the water; amphibious, as the Ximaxians say. It also, when threatened, will spew forth a white, acidic substance to make good its getaway. This substance has been given the same name as the creature itself: spittle.
Territory
The spiderturtles live in some of the warmer seas; notable among the places they are caught are the seas off Varcopas, for reasons that will be made clear below.
Uses
When boiled, spiderturtle meat is absolutely delicious, and it is a well-paid-for delicacy among the noblemen of Santharia. Almost any seaside town you come to will boast of its own spittlemeat's particular flavor, but the spittlemeat of Varcopas is generally admitted to be the best in all of Santharia, with a few holdouts for that of Milkengrad and Parda. As a result, Varcopian spiderturtle-fishers are some of the best paid and best fed Santharian citizens. Their trade route goes roughly like so: They set out from Varcopas in spring to set their traps, then they run the circuit of the trapped areas until their hulls are full to bursting. They set in at Varcopas to have the cargo inventoried, crated, and then they set off north towards Chylkis. From there, it is a mere 500 km... someone convert that into days for a wagon ride, please! Maybe two weeks? to Santhala, and the highest paying markets of Santharia.
Diet
The spiderturtle is known only to eat seaweed, though some breeders claim that adding various spices into the water will change the eventual flavor of the meat.
Habits/Behavior
Not much. They simply walk around, eat seaweed, mate, eat seaweed, and eventually get killed.
Mating
In early summer, the female spiderturtles will turn a bright green in color and swim near the surface. The first male to see her, she will run from. If and when he catches her, they mate. She will climb onto land to lay her eggs in late summer; come next spring, the beaches are swarming with tiny spittlings. Many are eaten, but the sheer number prohibits much of a die-off. The week or so during which this occurs is commonly termed the Week of the Crawling Beach.

What more, oh august Santharians?

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Edited by: Xarl at: 1/31/02 3:31:59 am
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« Reply #1 on: 31 January 2002, 16:52:00 »

*shove*

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« Reply #2 on: 31 January 2002, 17:54:00 »

Ximax is pretty much isolated from the sea.  Who would do the fishing for them?  I think they would not be fisermen.  Do you have a fishing village by them they can trade with?

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« Reply #3 on: 31 January 2002, 18:24:00 »

I imagine the Blue Tower's students as occasionally popping down to the sea along with a few Lifemagi to witness the miracle of life. And the miracle of money. And the miracle of food. And the miracle of just every once in a while spending the day fishing. You figure that the Ximaxians have to have some kind of spring break...

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« Reply #4 on: 31 January 2002, 20:27:00 »

I agree with Thuja. These shoudl be the native lifeforms of some coastal location, which Ximax isn't. Mountains tend to do that.

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« Reply #5 on: 31 January 2002, 21:16:00 »

They could trade with the Avennorians, but I forget where Ximax is at the moment.

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« Reply #6 on: 31 January 2002, 21:28:00 »

Eh, fine, Ximax will be changed. It's inside a bunch of mountains, on a peninsula... ah well. Lessee...

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« Reply #7 on: 01 February 2002, 04:32:00 »

I agree with everyone else, Xarl....ya can't have the magic-people do *everything*. Maybe they can raise some in a saltwater pond?


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« Reply #8 on: 02 February 2002, 22:18:00 »

It's been fixed.

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« Reply #9 on: 05 February 2002, 04:34:00 »

Errr what you see on the Santharian map are only the most important cities and towns so there is much space for fisher villages and small hamlets in the mountains.
You don't need to invent anything but eventually describe how the mages  stand towards the normal people around.
At least, the mages are ruling this area, or not?

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« Reply #10 on: 09 February 2002, 22:22:00 »

See above.

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